Dr Sarah Prior
Senior Lecturer
Medicine
Telephone: (01792) 602741
Room: Office - 122
Ground Floor
Grove Building
Singleton Campus

I gained my PhD in 2006 specialising in mitochondrial genetics of cancer, however since then has worked in the field of diabetes research. I joined the Diabetes Research Group in 2007, where my research has focused on investigating the links between Type 2 diabetes and obesity, and their associated comorbidities. The Diabetes Group now has its own unit based in the Grove Building and our research sits with the College “Biomarkers and Genes” Theme. I focus on Type 2 diabetes associated-obesity and the identification of molecular biomarkers for the association with specific cardiovascular comorbidities as well as having interests in bariatric surgery and weight loss. Aside from Type 2 diabetes research, I also collaborate in the field of retinopathy and the mechanisms behind its progression. I am a Senior Lecturer in Diabetes and teach on the Genetics and Medical Genetics BSc degree schemes in the Medical School, as well as contributing to Sports Science BSc degree (College of Engineering) and several modules on the Graduate Entry Medical Degree scheme. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Diabetes
  • Oxidative stress
  • Obesity
  • biomarker
  • Gene variant

Publications

  1. & Effect of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy on Static and Dynamic Measures of Glucose Homeostasis and Incretin Hormone Response 4-Years Post-Operatively. Obesity Surgery, 1-10.
  2. & Acyl-ghrelin mediated lipid retention and inflammation in obesity-related Type 2 diabetes. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 481, 8-13.
  3. & Temporal effects of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy on adipokines, inflammation, and oxidative stress in patients with impaired glucose homeostasis. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases
  4. & Development and characterization of an in vitro system of the human retina using cultured cell lines. Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
  5. & Temporal Effect of Bariatric Surgery on Predicted 10-Year and Lifetime Cardiovascular Risk at 1 Month, 6 Months, and 5 Years Following Surgery: A Pilot Study. Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders 15(3), 130-136.

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Teaching

  • PM-304 Biomolecular Research Project

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  • PM-344 Capstone Project

    The aim of this module is to provide a capstone experience to students¿ learning, through participating in their own enquiry-based research project. Depending on the student's employability strand within the programme, the project may be laboratory, data, or education-based, but it will always involve a research question that is drawn from the literature, focused on a topic relevant to medical science. It will ask a novel research question and involve the critical analysis of research findings. Students will refine their oral and written communication skills to a graduate level through creating an introductory presentation on the project background, and a written dissertation and oral presentation on their research conclusions.

  • PMDM01 Diabetes Basics

    This core module aims to introduce the basics of diabetes, a condition where there are an estimated 4.5 million people living with the disease in the UK alone, and a further 1.1 million that are undiagnosed. It will detail prevalence and pathophysiology, nutrition and self-care, and a basic understanding of associated complications. It aims to develop the students¿ knowledge of the many key factors that contribute to this enormous healthcare issue. The module will be delivered online via distance learning, with online assessments.

  • PMDM02 Diabetes Management I

    This core module is delivered primarily as a 5-day residential that aims to develop the students¿ knowledge of the available pharmaceutical treatments for diabetes. It will explore all aspects of current pharmaceutical regimes from oral medications through injectables to basic pump technologies. This will enable the students to not only have the opportunity to see and handle these pharmaceuticals, but also appreciate the wider context of medication planning and progression of the disease. The module will be delivered primarily on campus (5-day residential) with extra online content, and both in situ and online assessments.

  • PMDM03 Diabetes Events

    This core module will aim to explore and give a basic underpinning knowledge of events that can result from or affect diabetes care. This will include hypo- and hyperglycemia, illness and pregnancy, demonstrating causes of disruption and the courses of action required to ensure continuous diabetes management throughout. The module will be delivered online via distance learning, with online assessments.

  • PMDM04 Diabetes Complications

    This optional module will detail and further enhance the students¿ knowledge of the micro- and macrovascular complications that can arise as a result of diabetes, including retinopathy, kidney damage, cardiovascular disease and stroke. It will highlight the associated risk, symptoms, progression and possible treatments with regard to these conditions. The module will be delivered online via distance learning, with online assessments.

  • PMDM05 Diabetes Management II

    This core module is delivered primarily as a 5-day residential that aims to enhance the students¿ knowledge of the advanced treatments for diabetes. It will explore continuous/flash glucose monitoring and all aspects of pump technologies and pregnancy usage. This will enable the students to see and handle these new technologies that are not necessarily common place in clinics, and appreciate the concept of treatment planning and progression using these devices. The module will be delivered primarily on campus (5-day residential) with extra online content, and both in situ and online assessments.

  • PMDM06 Diabetes Situations

    This optional module will investigate the situations in which there are a need for specialised diabetes planning, treatment and care. It will highlight the areas of care that require specific and considered practice such as inpatient care, elderly/infirm patients and care in the community. It will also explore future treatment situations such as transplantation, therapies and possible cures. The module will be delivered online via distance learning, with online assessments.

  • PMDM07 Dissertation (Research/Audit)

    This module will comprise of a written dissertation of either a research project or audit. The piece will need to demonstrate independent learning and critical thinking to explore and add to the evidence base for a topic of relevance to their area of interest within the field of diabetes.

  • PMDM08 Work Based Portfolio

    This module will allow students to review, appraise and evaluate the application of the knowledge gained throughout the programme within their own professional work environment by providing a portfolio of evidence that is supported by a reflective commentary.

Supervision

  • INVESTIGATING THE CARDIOVASCULAR EFFECTS OF 12 MONTHS HOME BASED NOCTURNAL HAEMODIALYSIS VERSUS CONVENTIONAL UNIT HAEMODIALYSIS TREATMENT: A NON-RANDOMISED, CONTROLLED PILOT STUDY (current)

    Student name:
    MD
    Other supervisor: Dr Daniel Obaid
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeffrey Stephens
  • 'Metabolic effects of bovine colostrum supplementation in people with normal and dysregulated glucose control (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Bracken
  • 'Acyl-ghrelin mediated lipid retention and inflammation within in vitro and ex vivo adipose depots' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeffrey Stephens
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeffrey Davies