Dr. Simon Heller
University of Sheffield
Simon Heller is Professor of Clinical Diabetes at the University of Sheffield, Director of Research and Development and Honorary Consultant Physician at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust.
He is currently a member of an NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research Panel and chairs the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, UK Scientific Advisory Committee. He was Editor in Chief of Diabetic Medicine from 2000-2005. Between 2005 – 2014 he chaired the Clinical Studies Advisory Group of the UK Diabetes Research Network and is currently the National Speciality Lead in Diabetes to the NIHR Clinical Research Network. He is an NIHR Senior Investigator.
He has a longstanding interest in research which improves diabetes self-management. He led the first DAFNE trial and two subsequent NIHR programme grants aimed to improve the effectiveness of the intervention (one of which, DAFNEplus, is currently evaluating a course which incorporates technology and behavioural change science). Other research interests include the pathophysiological responses to hypoglycaemia and hypoglycaemia unawareness, the potential contribution and mechanisms of hypoglycaemia to cardiovascular mortality, the use of technologies to reduce hypoglycaemia. He chaired the glucose control group of the ADVANCE trial and was the PI on the REPOSE trial measuring the effectiveness of insulin pumps.