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 Michelle Hudson

Michelle Hudson

Research Project Manager

+44 (0) 1392 408183

RILD Building 2.15

Michelle joined the NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility (CRF)  and UEMS as Research Project Manager in 2010.  Her role entails working up and managing research studies (often multi-centred) for academics using the CRF or CTU, from concept to full study and beyond.  
Michelle currently manages several diabetes research studies, including the EU-funded DIRECT Consortium Type 2 Diabetes Progression study and the MRC-ABPI ProMASTER study looking at drug response to specific second- and third-line classes of treatment for Type 2 diabetes.  
She also manages two ‘recruit by genotype’ studies exploring the role of genetic variation on insulin secretion and sensitivity defects (DIVA), and improving our understanding of how fat in the body works (fATDIVA), with the aim of identifying why some people develop Type 2 diabetes. She previously managed the UNITED Project (funded by Wellcome Trust/Dept of Health), a 3 year multi-centre study that tested a complete care pathway for the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of young-onset diabetes.  The study successfully met all of its objectives and will lead to several important publications and further research.

Prior to joining UEMS, Michelle worked as a primary school teacher with a particular interest in Science, Design & Technology, English and PE.  She began her career in medical publishing before moving to the west country and trout farming for a decade. She enjoys riding, walking, comedy and live music.


  • 1986 BSc (Southampton)
  • 2003 Qualified Teacher Status


2010 – Present: Research Project Manager, University of Exeter
2002 – 2010:  Class Teacher (with additional Teaching and Learning Responsibilities)
1990 – 2001:  Partner and founder of Bougham Trout Farm
1987 – 1989:  Health Sciences Promotions Manager - W.B. Saunders and Baillière Tindall (medical and nursing publishers)



Research interests

Michelle currently manages research in the areas of diabetes and genetic variants that may influence insulin production and processing, and fat storage.  In the future, her role can be applied across other areas of medical and experimental research.

Research projects

  • DIVA (DIabetes VAriants) – MRC funded (CI: Prof T Frayling)
  • fATDIVA (for Adipose Tissue DIabetes VAriants – ERC funded (CI: Prof T Frayling)
  • ProMASTER – MRC funded (CI: Prof A Hattersley)
  • DIRECT T2D Progression –  EU DIRECT Consortium  (CI: Prof M Walker)
  • UNITED –  Wellcome Trust/DoH funded (CI: Prof A Hattersley)


A session for BSc Medical Sciences Optional Module (Year 3)
Managing Clinical Trials: Putting Science into Practice (CSC4004)

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