Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship Awarded

24 Jun 2016

In May 2016, Dr Rohini Mathur was awarded a four year Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship, which will commence in April 2017. The aim of the research will be to identify areas of healthcare which can be modified in order to reduce the risk of vascular disease outcomes amongst people with type 2 diabetes. It is known that significant ethnic inequalities exist, both in the prevalence of diabetes, and in the risk of these major disease outcomes. What we do not know, is where along the care pathway these inequalities stem from. The work will firstly explore whether individuals from different ethnic groups are equally likely to visit their GP and have high levels of risk factors identified. Secondly, amongst patients identified as being at high risk for microvascular and cardiovascular disease, the work will examine whether medications for controlling risk factors are prescribed equitably between ethnic groups. Finally the work will examine whether the benefits of these treatments reduce the risk of vascular disease equally between ethnic groups. This work will establish an evidence base for future clinical trials and guidelines for the management of diabetes tailored to the multi-ethnic UK population.

Understanding how best to reduce vascular events and related mortality in patients with diabetes is both timely and necessary. Given that risk factors are distributed inequitably across ethnic groups, and the overall disease burden is higher in ethnic minority populations, minimizing inequalities will have a large impact on the absolute reduction of disease burden and mortality in the UK.