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Manchester Diabetes Research Event - a huge success!

The first ever Manchester Diabetes Research Day was held at Old Trafford cricket ground on 25th February and had an excellent response, with over 130 members of the public attending the event. Co-hosted by the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Medicines for Children Research Network and the North West Local Diabetes Research Network, the event gave people and parents of children with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, a chance to find out about research into new treatments. Dr Rakesh Amin, Consultant Paediatrician at The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, presented about diabetes research in children. Along with Dr Chris Cooper, Consultant Paediatrician at Stepping Hill Hospital and Sue Greenhalgh, a paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse, he also hosted a question and session for people with diabetes and their families. The questions in the session were on a wide range of topics, including islet cells, accessing pump therapy, ways of assessing who is going to get diabetes, and if diabetes is well maintained do you still experience problems later on in life. Sarah Rickard, Network Manager, said: “We were very pleased with the response we had from the people who attended. The feedback we’ve had has been excellent, with attendees calling the question and answer session ‘very good’ and the presentation ‘very informative. We hope to run more events in future and continue to engage with parents and children affected by diabetes.”