SDRN Type 1 Bioresource


The SDRN Bioresource study of type 1 diabetes in Scotland is being funded jointly by Diabetes UKand the Chief Scientist’s Office of Scotland. It is being conducted by a group of doctors and research nurses across Scotland who are involved in research into the causes of type 1 diabetes and it’s complications including the genetic contribution and environmental determinants.

Do you have Type 1 diabetes?
Are you aged 16 or over?

If the answer is yes to the questions above we would like to invite you to take part. You will be fully informed by a Diabetes Specialist Research Nurse about the project before you finally decide to take part, but here is a list of what would be required of you:

  • Donate 1 blood sample.
  • 1 weight measurement.
  • 1 height measurement.
  • 1 blood pressure reading taken.
  • 1 body fat measurement.
  • Complete 1 questionnaire.

All this can be carried out in 30 minutes by the nurse as part of your routine clinic visit.
You can return for an additional appointment if this is more convenient for you.

If you are reading this now and think you may like to get involved you can arrange an appointment by contacting your local Diabetes Specialist Research Nurse in one of the following regions:

  • Ayrshire & Arran – Karen Allan at Ayr Hospital.
  • Dumfries & Galloway – Jean Bell at Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary.
  • Fife – Jeanette Baird at Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy.
  • Forth Valley – Hilary Whitty hilary.whitty{at} and Margaret Duncan margaret.duncan5{at} at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert.
  • Grampian – Frances Rentoul at Woolmanhill Hospital, Aberdeen City.
  • Greater Glasgow & Clyde – Cathy Deith (catherine.deith{at} at Glasgow CRF.
  • Highland – Wendy Mackinnon at Highland Clinical Research Facility.
  • Lanarkshire – Linda Macliver (linda.macliver{at} at Monklands Hospital.
  • Lothian – Alison Sudworth at Royal Infirmary Edinburgh.
  • Lothian – Katie Fairley (Katie.Fairley{at} at St. John’s.
  • Lothian – Lesley Breen at WTCRF Western General Hospital.
  • Tayside – Sheena Pritchard (S.A.Pritchard{at} Ninewells Hospital.

The information and samples collected from you and all other patients will be linked to anonymous NHS records related to diabetes related conditions and not your own personal medical record. In addition you are free to withdraw your information at any time without having to give a reason. Your participation is entirely voluntary and your diabetes care will not be affected whether you choose to take part or not.

For further information about the Bioresource please contact: Bridget Shepherd, Study Co-ordinator on email b.z.shepherd{at} or telephone number: 01382 632353.