Advancing diabetes screening through data driven approaches

   Department of Population Health Sciences

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  Prof L Gray, Dr Lucy Teece, Prof K Khunti  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Additional supervisor: Dr Joie Ensor, University of Birmingham

This exciting project aims to update the Diabetes UK “Know your Risk” tool ( which is based on the Leicester Diabetes Risk Score. This tool asks for information about seven risk factors and assigns points to each answer, the total score reflects the individual’s risk of having undiagnosed type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. It is recommended that those with a high score visit their doctor for a diabetes test.  Early identification of diabetes promotes early treatment, improving health outcomes.

This project looks to update the Leicester Diabetes Risk Score by:

Reviewing published validations and updates of the score and assessing their performance.

Assessing potential updates to the score algorithm and the risk factors included.

Validating the score using primary care data.

This project is part of an exciting collaboration with the University of Birmingham, with supervisors based at both institutions. The student undertaking this project will have the opportunity to use their statistical skills to make improvements to this tool, impacting care and improving outcomes for people at risk of diabetes. This project would suit someone with a mathematical background. This opportunity will give skills in systematic reviewing, risk prediction modelling, and using real-world data.


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Biological Sciences (4) Mathematics (25) Medicine (26)

Funding Notes

The competition funding provides students with:
4 years of stipend at UKRI rates
4 years of tuition fees at UK fee rates (Plus one award of a full overseas fee waiver to an international applicant)*
Budget to help with the cost of purchasing a laptop
The University of Leicester will provide full overseas fee waivers for the duration of their study to all international students accepted at Leicester. The funder, UKRI, allows us to appoint up to 30% overseas students.


1.Gray, L.J., et al., The Leicester Risk Assessment score for detecting undiagnosed Type 2diabetes and impaired glucose regulation for use in a multiethnic UK setting. DiabetMed, 2010. 27(8): p. 887-95.
2.Schlosser, R.W., et al., Use of information-seeking strategies for developingsystematic reviews and engaging in evidence-based practice: the application oftraditional and comprehensive Pearl Growing. A review. Int J Lang Commun Disord,2006. 41(5): p. 567-82.
3.Webb, D.R., et al., Screening for diabetes using an oral glucose tolerance test withina western multi-ethnic population identifies modifiable cardiovascular risk: theADDITION-Leicester study. Diabetologia, 2011. 54(9): p. 2237-46.
4.Wolf, A., et al., Data resource profile: Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD)Aurum. Int J Epidemiol, 2019. 48(6): p. 1740-1740g.
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