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World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign focusing on diabetes and is held on 14 November each year. Led by the International Diabetes Federation, each World Diabetes Day focuses on a theme related to diabetes, and 2018 is “The Family and Diabetes”. The aim to raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected and to promote the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes.

This year in Oxford World Diabetes Day is being marked with an awareness event at the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter. Diabetes research and clinical care was based at the Old Radcliffe Infirmary on this site for many years before moving to the purpose built OCDEM building at the Churchill Hospital. OCDEM have invited local school children to join people with diabetes, university staff and members of the public to make a blue circle around the fountain outside the old main entrance of the Radcliffe Infirmary (now the University of Oxford Humanities building) at 11am  - this will be followed by an information event about diabetes and local diabetes research in the adjacent St Luke’s Chapel

How can you help:  Staff working in the ROQ are invited to participate in forming the blue circle!  Please gather by the fountain at the front of the Humanities building by 10.45 on Wednesday 14th Nov. Wear royal blue if you can, but we will give you something to hold to help make the circle look blue from above.  Please note there will photography and filming taking place during the event and more crowds than usual that morning from 10.30-11.30.  

Join us afterwards in St Luke’s chapel until 12pm.

If diabetes has affected your family and you would like to share your experiences for the event please contact Marco Pontecorvi from the Diabetes and Metabolism BRC on  marco.pontecorvi@ocdem.ox.ac.uk