A University of Dundee researcher has been awarded £215,357 by Diabetes UK to find out whether short bursts of high-intensity exercise can help people with type 1 diabetes manage their condition.
Dr Catriona Farrell, a clinical research fellow, has been awarded the charity’s Sir George Alberti Research Training Fellowship. The grant was set up in honour of the internationally renowned British doctor with a long-standing interest in diabetes research.
Dr Farrell wants to help people with type 1 diabetes who have lost their ability to sense when their blood glucose levels are going too low — a condition called impaired hypoglycaemia awareness.
She will study whether short bursts of high intensity exercise can improve awareness of very low blood glucose levels. Dr Farrell hopes this method could help to protect people from the serious consequences of low levels.
Dr Farrell said: “I am extremely honoured to receive the training fellowship. I’m very much looking forward to getting my clinical trial under way and I hope through our research that we will be able to find a way to treat impaired hypoglycaemia awareness, as this affects many people with type 1 diabetes.
“I’d like to thank Diabetes UK and its supporters for their interest, encouragement and financial backing. Research is necessary to better understand this condition, discover new and improved treatments, and ultimately help care for and support those with diabetes.”