Maggie Shepherd




Professor Shepherd trained as a Registered General Nurse in London and worked as Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN) for eight years prior to moving to Exeter in Devon in 1995 to join the diabetes genetics research team. She gained a PhD in Medical Science in Exeter focussing on attitudes to genetic testing in diabetes in 2000. She has qualifications in Medical Education and Genetic Counselling. She delivered the Janet Kinson award lecture at DUK in 2003, is an Editorial Board member of the European Diabetes Nursing Journal and has over >100 publications (>30 first author). Her interests include the impact of genetic testing in diabetes, particularly the change from long term insulin to tablet treatment, misdiagnosis, patient experience, translating research findings into clinical care and increasing awareness and knowledge of monogenic diabetes amongst health care professionals.

Her role within the department includes research, educational and clinical roles. Her research currently involves identifying patients with monogenic diabetes who have been misdiagnosed as having Type 1 or type 2 diabetes and co-ordinating the transfer of these patients to the most appropriate treatment. She leads the national Genetic Diabetes Nurse project which has been running since 2002 and trains DSNs about the genetics of diabetes so they can raise awareness of monogenic diabetes, identify and support families across the UK. She is also the educational lead for our Clinical Research Facility. She runs monthly monogenic clinics with Professor Andrew Hattersley and is happy to guide clinicians and patients about the management of their monogenic diabetes.

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Aug 28th 2017

Learn how developments in genomics are transforming our knowledge and treatment of conditions such as diabetes. There have been huge advances in the field of genetics in the last 10 years since the sequencing of the first human genome in 2003. It is now possible to analyse all 20,000 human genes in a single experiment, rather than focussing on one gene at a time. We are in the genomics era.

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