The University of Pretoria Diabetes Research Centre is an initiative which aims to champion and promote optimal diabetes prevention and control at all levels of care through research, innovation and advocacy. Established in November 2020, the UP Diabetes Research Centre endeavours to deliver top quality scientific contributions as practical solutions to problems of diabetes prevention and control at national and regional level.
The UP Diabetes Research Centre is aligned to the Department of Health National Strategic Plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) with interventions at four levels: community, primary healthcare, hospital (district and regional), and tertiary (diabetes clinics). The UP Diabetes Research Centre supports the 90-60-50 cascade for diabetes and hypertension to improve early detection and treatment.
The UP Diabetes Research Centre is organised around research groups or clusters:
(1) Diabetes prevention and health promotion,
(2) Diabetes management in primary healthcare,
(3) Diabetes management in hospitals,
(4) Diabetes in pregnancy (gestational diabetes),
(5) Diabetes in children and adolescents, and
(6) Diabetes technologies.