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Congratulations to Professor Andrew Farmer, University of Oxford, on his appointment as Health Technology Assessmemt (HTA) Programme Director. Professor Farmer begins his new role on 1 June 2020 and will take over from Professor Hywel Williams who will be stepping down in September after heading the programme since 2015.

Professor Farmer is currently Professor of General Practice at Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and an NIHR Senior Investigator. Read the news from the NIHR.

Professor Farmer has been funded by the SPCR in the past for several studies on diabetes. The first explored the impact of interventions targeted at medication adherence, and the second investigated telehealth to support self-management of patients with diabetes twelve months after randomisation.

The School for Primary Care Research also co-funded a study into type 2 diabetes which has produced the most detailed picture to date of the genetics underlying the condition. More than 300 scientists from 22 countries collaborated on the study, which analysed the genomes of more than 120,000 people with ancestral origins in Europe, South and East Asia, the Americas and Africa.

Andrew Farmer, Professor of General Practice in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences,  working with colleagues from the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, contributed data from a group of 200 patients who were recruited from 12 local practices in a study looking at the prevalence of monogenic diabetes. The findings of this community-based study in Oxfordshire were published in 2011 in Diaebetologia.