DIAMAP - mapping the future of diabetes research

It may be a surprise to hear that at present there is no overall plan or framework to coordinate or fund research into diabetes across Europe – despite the urgent attention called to the disease from many organizations both patient-led and professional. Although investigators within different research fields and individual research groups have a good idea of where their research is heading, and although national diabetes associations may have drawn up research strategies in order to use national funds wisely, there is no Europe-wide strategy. This is quite strange, given the attention that is drawn to many issues at the European level, and also the many current successful research collaborations across the continent. This gap in strategic planning has been appreciated by the European Commission, who were creative by taking the challenge back to the diabetes research community to develop a strategy, or ‘roadmap’, for diabetes research in Europe over approximately the next 10 years.