University of Exeter

Using genetics to improve clinical care for diabetic patients


Through ten years of pioneering genetic research, the University has developed means for diagnosing Type 2 diabetes much earlier than previously possible and consequently for less painful, less intrusive and less costly treatment. Its work integrates molecular genetics, clinical observation, human physiological investigation, patients’ views and the education of patients and professionals. It has shown that molecular genetic testing for diabetes can dramatically improve clinical care, often resulting in insulin injections being replaced by tablets. The work has been shared with patients and health professionals throughout Europe and is a model for treating other diseases.