Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes

The Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes has participated in a wide range of research projects in recent years. Some have been initiated locally and have involved collaborations with other local investigators and some are national studies initiated elsewhere.

  • We are the lead centre for a National study of thyrotoxicosis management in young people (research network adopted).
  • We have been examining data from the National screening programme for congenital hypothyroidism and have been looking at ways of refining the screening process. This work is starting to provide some insight into why babies develop an underactive thyroid gland in the first place.
  • We have been studying muscle function using MR spectroscopy in vitamin D deficiency and in Growth Hormone deficiency.
  • We have been interested in the epidemiology of diabetes in the North-East of England and have been closely involved in the development of a regional register.
  • We are participating in a number of studies of T1 (T1DM) and T2 Diabetes (T2DM) in children including:
    • DECIDE (hospital versus home management);
    • SCIPI - trial of insulin pump therapy versus multiple injections in diabetes
    • ADdit (looking at the potential role of statins and ACE inhibitors as a means of maintaining good health in people who may be at increased risk of the complications of diabetes);
    • DEFEND which is looking at ways of preserving pancreatic funtion in newly diagnosed patients with T1DM;
    • JUMP which is paving the way for studies of young people with T2DM.
  • Other research interests include the increasingly complex topic of appetite regulation and how size at birth and calorie intake relate to growth patterns in early and later life.

Related Staff:


Dr Timothy Cheetham
Reader in Paediatric Endocrinology

Dr Bill Lamb
Associate Clinical Lecturer

Dr Deborah Matthews
Associate Clinical Lecturer

Dr Kate Owen

  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 241 8653