A leading Birmingham medic who has discovered a link between diabetics with sleep problems and kidney failure has received an international award.
Dr Abd Tahrani, a consultant at Heartlands Hospital, in Bordesley Green, carried out the pioneering research and as a result type-2 diabetics with sleep apnoea benefit from closer monitoring.
His work has been honoured by a prestigious American Academy of Sleep Medicine award.
Dr Abd Tahrani said: “It’s commonly known that type-2 diabetes patients are at higher risk of developing kidney disease. Kidney disease does not always cause symptoms until it is at an advanced stage.
“By discovering this link with diabetes patients who have problems during sleep, this will enable patients to have a treatment that might slow the deterioration in kidney function and reduce the risk of developing advanced kidney disease.
“I am honoured to have received this award in recognition of this work. The Hospital is at the forefront of diabetes research and this enables us to provide the highest standards of patient care.”
Heartlands hospital chief executive, Dr Mark Newbold, said: “The Trust places a high value on research and development and the recognition of Dr Tahrani’s research by an international organisation shows the high calibre of research undertaken within the Trust”.