WHAT'S HAPPENING IN MY REGION?

Selected region : North
Date: : 24th Mar 2017

Current Studies:

The GoDARTS Study: Genetics of Diabetes Audit and Research in Tayside and Scotland.

This study wants to understand the role our genes, and other biological markers, play in developing and managing diabetes. By conducting this research it will hopefully provide some answers to some of the following questions surrounding the disease; why do some people develop the disease and others don't; why does medication work for some groups of patients with diabetes and not for others and why do some people develop the complications associated with diabetes and others don't.

 The other aim of this study is to look at Metformin, which is one of the most commonly used drugs to treat type 2 diabetes. It can also be used in the treatment of type 1 diabetes in conjunction with insulin therapy. Metformin has been on the market for over 60 years yet its mechanism of action is not fully understood. Some patients respond well to the treatment and encounter very little problems, whilst others find it does not work for them and causes many side-effects.

If you would like to find out more about this study then please click here.

The C-Gall Trial: A randomised controlled trial comparing laparoscopic cholecystectomy with observation/conservative management for preventing recurrent symptoms and complications in adults with uncomplicated symptomatic gallstones. The University of Aberdeen & NHS Grampian.

Gallstones is one of the most  common gastrointestinal disorders which currently affects 10-15% of the UK population. The most common treatment for gallstones is surgery for medically fit patients. In the UK around 70,000 operations are performed every year to remove the gall bladder in those presenting with symptoms or experiencing complications due to gallstones.

However nearly half may not experience any further symptoms after their first pain episode so a policy of watchful waiting/conservative treatment could be employed. This would involve treatment with painkillers or antibiotics and lifestyle advice as this may be enough to eliminate future pain episodes.

The purpose of this study is to create a focus group of patients with a history of gallstones to compare keyhole gall bladder surgery (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) with the watchful waiting/conservative management approach. 

If you would like to read more abou this study then please click here.

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