Dr Linda Penn
Research Associate

  • Email: linda.penn@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3809
  • Address: Institute of Health and Society
    Baddiley-Clark Building
    Richardson Road
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE2 4AX

My main research interest is in diabetes prevention. Having completed the Newcastle arm of the European Diabetes Prevention Study RCT,(EDIPS-Newcastle) in 2007 we are continuing to develop our collaboration with the other European Centres in Finland and Maasrticht. It is ten years since we first recruited participants to this trial in Newcastle and we are now completing a follow-up study.

Using experience from the succesful EDIPS RCT, we are contributing to the design and conducting the evaluation of a  pragmatic diabetes prevention intervention pilot, called 'New life, New you' that is delivered by fitness trainers and conducted in leisure and community settings in  Middlesbrough.  The project is also adapted to engage people from the local minority ethnic groups

I have recently worked a project developing a  computer based shared decision making tool CVDecide for cardio-vascular risk communication. This tool has been piloted and is to be implemented in Primary Care practices in South of Tyne and Wear PCT. This project is particularly topical in view of the NHS Health Checks programme.

Roles and responsibilities

Research Associate


BSc (2.i)Physiology and Biochemistry with Subsidiary Chemistry (University of Reading)
PGCE (University of Lancaster)
MSc (merit)Health Sciences (Newcastle University)

PhD Type 2 Diabetes prevention in High-risk Individuals: how might Effective, Equitable and Sustainable Service Provision be Achieved? (Newcastle University 2014) 


EASD, Diabetes-UK, SSM

Research Interests

My main research interest centres on prevention of type 2 diabetes by lifestyle intervention. Recently this has been extended to include shared decision making and risk communication in cardiovascular disease.

I am currently progressing my PhD by publication.  

Current Work

'New life, New you' pilot study: intervention for prevetion of type 2 diabetes, delivered by health and fitness trainers in leisure and community settings in  Middlesbrough. Evaluation including associated qualitative work

New life, New you' adaptation to engage the local ethnic minority communities

Follow-up at 10 years to the Newcastle arm of the European Diabetes Prevention Study.

Collaboration with  the European Diabetes Prevention Study partners.

Research Roles

I was the trial manager for EDIPS-Newcastle.  With in the New life, New you project I am responsible for developing an evaluation procedure that is appropriate and achievable with in the community settind and for collating and analysing the data.
In my role within NuGO I have contributed to the organisation of several European workshops including 'Diet and Cancer' (Barcelona 2008, Nutrigenomics and Human Studies (Potsdam 2008)Novel methods for Assessment of Dietary Intake (Montecatini 2009).

Esteem Indicators

Member: NICE Programme Development Group: Prevention of type 2 diabetes; risk identification and intervention for individuals at high risk 

Annual Review for the NuGO Work Package 'Protocols and Procedures' that is co-ordinated from Newcastle to DG-Research in Brussels in April 2009.