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Diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism research

Our clinical and academic researchers specialise in diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, polycystic ovary syndrome, insulin resistance, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, metabolic bone health, cardiovascular disease, and dietetics and nutrition.

The healthcare challenge

Metabolic diseases include common conditions such as obesity, diabetes and various hormonal conditions.

With nearly a quarter of all adults and one in five children in the UK currently classed as obese, and around 4.7million people in the UK living with diabetes, metabolic diseases are responsible for some of the most pressing public health issues of our time, having significant and detrimental effect on health and quality of life. 

In partnership with the University of Hull and Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Hull York Medical School is at the cutting edge of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism research - pioneering research to understand better and develop treatment options and cures for these conditions as well as supporting those living with them.

In 2022, the team was awarded the prestigious title of Best Patient Experience at the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network awards for Yorkshire and Humber.

Our research projects

Visit our research projects to explore a selection of our ongoing and completed projects.



We have state of the art, purpose-built research facilities at the Allam Diabetes Centre, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, including body imaging and DXA scanning to measure bone mineral density and body composition, dedicated laboratories, a sports science laboratory, ultrasound and access to a large pool of patients interested in clinical research. 

Our research experts

Professor Thozhukat Sathyapalan is the academic lead for diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism research within the Clinical Sciences Centre.

In collaboration with Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, our experts include senior clinical academics, consultant endocrinologists, clinical research fellows, specialist trainees, research nurses, diabetes and endocrinology specialist nurses, specialist dieticians, laboratory technicians, DXA technicians, administrative and support staff and a research unit manager. 

Our clinical and academic researchers have expertise in diabetes, obesity, cardiometabolic diseases and various hormonal illnesses. We deliver world-class research and innovation mainly in four areas: clinical drugs/devices trials, epidemiological research, lifestyle research and applied research. We specialise in type 1 and 2 diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome, metabolic bone health, cardiometabolic disease, and dietetics and nutrition research.

We also collaborate with experts within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull, including the Departments of Biomedical Sciences; Sport, Health and Exercise Science; Psychological Health, Wellbeing and Social Work; as well as the Hull Health Trials Unit, and the Institute for Clinical and Applied Health Research.

We also have close links with the clinical departments in the NHS and to industry, in addition to various national and international collaborators.

Please see our people in the Clinical Sciences Centre for members of the diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism research theme.


Contact the Clinical Sciences Centre

If you are interested in collaborating, visiting or studying with us, please contact us.