The Islet Research Laboratory (IRL), based within Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust conducts a programme of research to develop cell-based treatments for diabetes. 

The Islet Research Laboratory is the only purpose- built unit in the West Midlands for the isolation of human insulin-producing cells (islets). We have ongoing, active collaborations within the Trust, with researchers at Aston University and University of Birmingham, and work with industry through the provision of human islets for use in diabetes research/drug discovery. 

Our research will, in time, lead to improvements in our understanding of diabetes. In doing so, more effective treatments will be developed, resulting in improved clinical outcomes for our patients and long-term health benefits for all those living with the condition. 

To fund our ground breaking research it costs in excess of £200,000 per year.  For more detailed information email