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27 April 2012
University medical academics are set to play a key role in an international study designed to improve treatment for older people with diabetes.
Supported by the European Union with funding of €6 million, the four year MID-Frail Study will examine how combining nutritional, exercise and educational interventions may help improve the health and well-being of people over the age of 70 with Type 2 diabetes who are becoming frail.
Professors Antony Bayer and Kerry Hood from the School of Medicine’s Institute of Primary Care & Public Health and South East Wales Trials Unit (SEWTU) will combine their research expertise to lead on data collection, management and analysis.
Professor Bayer said: ‘This is a novel approach to a challenging clinical problem. If successful, the trial should have a major impact on how we manage this increasingly common condition."
Involving researchers from 16 organisations in seven countries across Europe, including Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic and the UK, the study will follow more than 1700 patients in 59 Centres.
The project is co-ordinated by Professor Leocadio Rodríguez Mañas, Head of Geriatric Medicine at the Hospital Universitário de Getafe, Spain and Professor Alan Sinclair, Director of the Institute of Diabetes for Older People (IDOP) at the University of Bedfordshire.The project team gathered this week at the Universidad Pública de Navarra (UPNA) in Tudela, Northern Spain to prepare to initiate the programme, later this year.
The meeting was attended by over 30 scientists, physicians and analysts and was hosted by Professor Mikel Izquierdo of the Department of Health Sciences at UPNA.
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