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Raising awareness of the link between diabetes and depression

Inaugural Lecture: Diabetes and Depression: A Tale of Three Cities

Tuesday 4 July, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes


The link between diabetes and psychosocial problems such as depression, will be highlighted by Professor Cathy Lloyd in her inaugural lecture on Tuesday 4 July 2017.

Cathy Lloyd is a Professor of Health Studies in the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at The Open University. She has an international reputation for research in the psychosocial field of diabetes and for involving minority ethnic groups in research where they are often excluded due to language and literacy difficulties.

Her current research, leading the International Prevalence and Treatment of Diabetes and Depression (INTERPRET-DD) Study (supported by the Dialogue on Diabetes and Depression), which spans 20 countries, examines pathways to care for depression and other mental health problems in people with Type 2 diabetes. 

“People with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing depression and other psychological disorders, although this is not widely known outside the UK and USA,” said Professor Lloyd. “My current research aims to address this issue and improve pathways to care across the globe.”

In Diabetes and Depression: A Tale of Three Cities, Professor Lloyd will discuss her early work investigating the impact of diabetes on the life experiences of young adults living in a deprived area of London. This research led her, in 1991, to obtaining a fellowship in Pittsburgh, USA, where she worked alongside researchers from all over the world, on a project which is still ongoing: the Epidemiology of Diabetes Complications (EDC) Study. On her return to the UK, she worked alongside practitioners in Birmingham to develop ways of involving people with diabetes from minority ethnic groups who are often excluded due to language and literacy difficulties.

If you are attending in person there will be networking, discussion opportunities and refreshments after the event.

Professor Cathy Lloyd

Professor of Health Studies

School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care

Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

Professional biography