Congratulations to Jane and Kat, both research nurses in Mark Evans’ group and to Frank, a PI associated with the MRL, on receiving the Vice-Chancellor’s ‘Public Engagement in Research Award’ for 2017.
Since beginning their research programme to develop drugs to treat Type 1 diabetes, Dr Waldron-Lynch, Ms Kennet and Ms Anselmiova (The CamT1D Team) have developed their Research ECOsystem, a public engagement programme to engage participants, patients, families, funders, colleagues, institutions, companies and the community, with the aim of ensuring that their research remains relevant to stakeholder needs. The underlying philosophy guiding these interactions is that research is not a one-way process but rather a cycle of interactions with different partners, each being reliant on the other. Amongst their outputs, the team runs a patient support group as well as an online engagement strategy through social media platforms and a dedicated website (www.clinical-trials-type1-diabetes.com).
Dr Waldron-Lynch says
We have tried to reach out to the type 1 diabetes community as a whole both locally and globally using social networking (Twitter @t1diabetestrial and Facebook facebook.com/ClinicalTrialsType1Diabetes), at diabetes charity events to explain and highlight our work and respond to people’s questions and queries directly
Their approach raises the profile of current clinical studies within the community, with professional staff and with patient groups by allowing direct contact with the study team.