September Newletter

You are invited to an OPEN MEETING

When:        Tuesday 15 Sept. 2015 at 7.30 pm

Where:       St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Street,

Twickenham, TW1 3NJ

With: Satwant Pandher, podiatrist.

On:   Foot problems for people with diabetes.

Satwant, a member of the team providing services to diabetics in

Richmond and Twickenham, will lead an informal discussion.

She is keen to hear from the audience what foot-care concerns they

have and to offer advice on such matters.

There will be the usual question and answer session. Light refreshments will be provided. A donation of £1 towards running costs is suggested.  All are welcome.

At the 14 July 2015 meeting, chaired by Bob Watford, Richard Elliott from Diabetes UK’s research team presented a slideshow giving an overview of past and present research projects. Currently there are over 120 projects taking place at 35 research centres across the UK worth over £20m in total. Our donations have been to the following research projects in which

  • Prof Rutter has uncovered mechanisms that control production of glucose from stored sugars
  • §Dr Hauge-Evans has shown how cells in the pancreas influence insulin release
  • §Dr Cheah has revealed impact of insulin resistance on regions of brain that control appetite
  • §Dr Tree has shown that key immune cells are less sensitive to IL-2 in some people with Type 1
  • Dr Gnudi has found modifying levels of key growth factors in mice improved signs of kidney disease

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The last open meeting of the year will be on Tuesday 13 October 2015 at 7.30 pm at St. Mary’s, Church Hall, Church Street, Twickenham, TW1 1NJ, speaker and topic to be announced later.

QUIZ NIGHT NOVEMBER date and venue to be confirmed.


I am sure that many of you will be aware that next February will be the group’s 10th anniversary. I feel that after ten years in office it would be an appropriate time for me to stand down as Chair so we shall be looking for a new Chair at the AGM.

By splitting the various tasks between the existing Management Committee members we have also managed without a Secretary for the last five or six years but I feel that it is important that if we want to be around in another ten years time then we must seriously address the issue of attracting new members on to the Committee. If you want the group to continue then please put yourself forward to help out where you can.  This may be a job as simple as organising refreshments at open meetings, helping set out the tables, helping on stands at summer fetes, becoming involved in raising awareness and publicising the group, and helping arrange speakers for the open meetings etc.  You would be most welcome to come to any Committee meetings before the AGM as an observer.  To find out more, contact me, Alastair Mackinlay on 020 8941 1785.

It would also be good to celebrate our ten-year existence by holding a special event of some sort. How would you, the members, like to acknowledge the anniversary? For example, a special Brains Trust at the AGM or a social event? Let us have your suggestions and views.

We look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you soon.

Alastair Mackinlay, Chair                                                Sept 2015                                          020 8941 1785