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David Strain

Associate Professor in Cardiometabolic in the Diabetes and Vascular Research Centre at the University of Exeter Medical School

David Strain

Prof in Cardiometabolic Health

Chair of British Medical Association Board of Science and Academic Staff Committee

Co-Clinical and Academic Lead of the Healthcare for Older People department

University of Exeter Medical School, UK


David Strain is an Associate Professor in Cardiometabolic at the Diabetes and Vascular Research Centre at the University of Exeter Medical School, with expertise in microvascular structure and function. Clinically, he runs a community service for older adults with diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease and works as an in-patient consultant.

His main focus is the health of older adults with diabetes; ensuring the right patient gets the right treatment. This includes research exploring the mechanism that some medications, specifically the SGLT-2 inhibitors and GLP-1 analogues, give benefits to people with diabetes, heart disease and renal failure beyond their effect on sugar and blood pressure. The hope is we can identify those who would benefit most before arising. He has performed the only study to date demonstrating the feasibility of individualizing targets for older adults across Europe. As a result, he led the stakeholders group that produced the UK guidelines for the management of older adults with type 2 diabetes that informed the new UK NICE guidance and modification to the Quality Outcome Framework.

Since April 2019, he has also been running a COVID service as clinical lead in COVID for Exeter, been involved in the national Long COVID taskforce, and established research into the underlying causes and potential cures.

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