Faculty of Medical Sciences


Diabetes Research Group


The Diabetes Research Group (DRG) is a multi-disciplinary group that was established in January 2003.

Major Research Themes

  1. Study of pancreatic b-cell function, generation and transplantation
  2. Investigation of glucose homeostasis using cell based systems and in vivo metabolic profiling
  3. Pathogenesis and management of diabetes and its complications

Impact and Engagement

  • Mark Walker is Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee for the European Association of Diabetes annual international conference
  • SMM – member, Council of Health Care Professionals, Diabetes UK
  • SMM – associate editor, Diabetologia



  • Pancreatic islet cell isolation, quality assessment
  • Cell based systems including liver, muscle and pancreatic beta-cells
  • In vivo assessment of beta-cell function, insulin sensitivity
  • In vivo assessment of hypoglycaemic response
  • Muscle liver and pancreas imaging and functional assessment by MR
  • Access to well characterised type 2 diabetes cohorts for genetic and epigenetic studies
  • Physical activity assessment and programme design /delivery
  • Ex vivo assessment of thrombolytic system
  • Quantitative light and electron microscopy

Theme lead

Professor Mark Walker

Developing researchers

  • Part of the Wellcome Trust Training Programme in Experimental Medicine
  • Established MRes in Diabetes
  • Support for non-clinical and clinical scientists as part of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre training programme
  • Training is delivered and supported through monthly meetings of the Diabetes Research Group and other Faculty initiatives

Professor Loranne Agius
Professor of Metabolic Biochemistry

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7033

Dr Catherine Arden
Newcastle University Research Fellow

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3868

Professor Rudy Bilous
Dean of Clinical Affairs

Telephone: +60 7 5553800

Dr Timothy Cheetham
Reader in Paediatric Endocrinology

Professor Philip Home
Professor of Diabetes Medicine

Telephone: +44 191 208 7880

Professor Sally Marshall
Professor of Diabetes

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7880

Professor James Shaw
Professor of Regenerative Medicine for Diabetes and Honorary Consultant Physician

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7019

Professor Roy Taylor
Director of Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1152

Professor Michael Trenell
Director; NIHR Innovation Observatory

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2258

Professor Mark Walker
Professor of Molecular Diabetic Medicine

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4661

Dr Jolanta Weaver
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 445 2181


  • Collaborations with the Liver, Mitochondrial, Nutrition Research Groups
  • Collaborations with the Newcastle CRF and MR Centre
  • Collaborations with the NIHR North East & Cumbria Diabetes LRN
  • National Collaborations: UK Islet Transplant programme, Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium
  • International: part of two EU FP7 consortia