• Queen Mary University of London
  • Barts Health NHS

Diabetes research

The Royal London Hospital

Monogenic diabetes

Some rarer types of diabetes run in families, and are due to specific variation in some key genes. In some cases, better treatment has been possible. We aim to look for these kinds of diabetes in East London people. We also aim to invite people for further research who have specific gene variants to better understand how diabetes develops and might be treated.

Diabetes treatment response

The health records of people with diabetes will show how well treatments have worked - or in some cases have not worked, or even had side effects. We will be able to study whether this is due to specific gene variants. Previous work, for example, has suggested differences in response to a commonly used treatment, metformin, might be in part due to genetic differences.