A Bristol Medical School researcher has been awarded a prestigious Diabetes UK fellowship to understand more about adult onset type 1 diabetes. It is estimated that more than 300,000 people in the UK are living with the disease which develops when the immune system makes a mistake and destroys the cells that make insulin.
Dr Anna Long has been awarded £541,651 for a RD Lawrence Fellowship to investigate why some individuals who are at very high risk of developing type 1 diabetes appear to be relatively protected.
Dr Long said: “Having the joint support of Diabetes UK and JDRF, the two largest charities funding diabetes research in the UK, is an incredible encouragement. Everyone thinks of type 1 diabetes as a condition that children develop but the majority of diagnoses are in adults. I want to understand why this happens with the ultimate aim of preventing the condition.”
Dr Long initially trained as a technician in diabetes and metabolism, then obtained a PhD in 2012 from the same laboratory before taking up a Fulbright/Diabetes UK Travelling Fellowship at the Benaroya Research Institute in Seattle. Dr Long returned to the University of Bristol three years ago.