Leicester has a strong tradition and reputation for excellence in diabetes care dating back over 60 years to the pioneering work of Dr Joan Walker in the 1950s. Dr Walker established the first community diabetes clinics and the first diabetes research nurses in the UK. Today, the LDC now forms one of the largest facilities in Europe for conducting first class clinical research in diabetes, with a floor space of over 4000m2. Professor Melanie Davies, Professor Heather Daly and Professor Kamlesh Khunti (Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine, University of Leicester) have developed a talented and diverse team of over 150 researchers, clinicians and educationalists working together on an innovative research portfolio of successful academic and commercial trials.
The LDC has attracted a range of prestigious National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) funded infrastructure and other funding notably from the British Heart Foundation, European Union, Medical Research Council and Diabetes UK. The LDC also hosts a local CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care and BRU (Biomedical Research Unit) in Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity.