Professor Melanie Davies from the University of Leicester has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to diabetes research. Professor Davies was appointed in 1996 as a consultant at Leicester Royal Infirmary and recruited her first research nurse in 1998. With increasing success the team grew and Professor Davies took up an appointment with the University of Leicester as Professor of Diabetes Medicine in 2007. Sustained growth over several years saw relocation to the Leicester General Hospital site, bringing together a number of colleagues into one large and increasingly successful unit. Working alongside Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Professor Davies has built up the Leicester Diabetes Centre team with more than 140 people currently carrying out over 40 studies designed to improve the lives of people with diabetes.
Professor Davies said on receiving the award, “This award means a lot because it is recognition for a significant amount of hard work and determination in turning a vision into reality and I would like to acknowledge the great team with which I am fortunate to work. Research is about looking at gaps in clinical knowledge and solving these problems by applying new methods, then testing and measuring what really makes a difference, rather than continuing to do things the same way.”
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