Public involvement is key to producing research relevant to the needs and concerns of those affected with diabetes or at risk of developing the disease. As such, members of the public will be involved in all aspects of the work of DRU Cymru, for example, helping to shape the research agenda by working with the Research Development Groups, advising on research study design and helping to raise public awareness.
Diabetes Research Unit Cymru have formed a Reference Panel of public contributors that work closely with diabetes researchers across Wales providing lay opinion and helping to shape our programme of research and public engagement activities. The panel currently consists of eight people.
The Role of Public Contributor within the Diabetes Research Unit Cymru
All public contributors working with the DRU Cymru are members of the Reference Panel which meet up to 3 times a year. In addition, our public contributors also have the option of working with one of the seven Research Development Groups, helping to prioritise research needs and develop research proposals or with the Unit Executive Group. The main activities will include:
- Providing a forum for researchers within the DRU Cymru to seek lay opinion on study design and implementation.
- Providing advice and support to researchers on the dissemination of research findings (for example, helping to produce lay summaries and highlighting relevant local meetings) .
- Raising awareness of the work of the DRU Cymru across Wales and contributing to the programme of public engagement activities.
Public Reference Panel Role Description
Public Reference Panel Terms of Reference