Leicester diabetes professors feature in list of world’s leading clinicians

Professors Kamlesh Khunti and Melanie Davies CBE. Photograph copyright The Diabetes Times 2018.

Professors Kamlesh Khunti and Melanie Davies CBE named among top 10 of the world’s leading experts on diabetes.

Co-founders of the Leicester Diabetes Centre, Professor Kamlesh Khunti and Professor Melanie Davies CBE are featured on an international list which has identified the 60 most knowledgeable and experienced diabetes clinicians from all over the world.

Professor Khunti, who is Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University, was third on the international Expertscape list and topped the UK version.

Professor Davies, who is Professor of Diabetes Medicine at the University, was ranked ninth globally and third in the UK. She was also the highest ranked woman.

Both professors have led a number of large global studies in the field of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease and their work has influenced national and international guidelines on the screening and management of people with diabetes.

Professor Davies said: “We are all hugely proud of what we’ve achieved and to have our work recognised on a worldwide scale is hugely rewarding. We’re a leading applied health research unit committed to improving the lives and care of people with diabetes and other long-term conditions.

“We believe in keeping close to our local communities – valuing their input, and their support for all that we do. This support has enabled us to impact on the level care of people with diabetes receive, not only in our own city, but also throughout the UK and around the globe.”

Several other Leicester Diabetes Centre researchers have also featured on the national list, including Professor Laura Gray in 14th place, Dr Francesco Zaccardi at number 35 and Professor Tom Yates ranked in 59th place.

Professor Khunti said: “I am hugely honoured to be on this list, but the work we do could not be carried out without the team at the Leicester Diabetes Centre. Uniquely we collaborate with primary and secondary care, applying basic science and research into the real word, in a bid to change people’s lives.”

Based at Leicester General Hospital, the Leicester Diabetes Centre is responsible for world-leading clinical research, evidence-based education and cutting-edge innovation. It is a partnership between Leicester’s Hospitals and the University of Leicester and is now ranked as Europe’s largest diabetes research facility.

Expertscape is a healthcare information website that enables patients to quickly and easily find the medical professionals and institutions who have the greatest knowledge about a particular medical problem.