01:52pm Thursday 21 November 2019

An Ironman to support diabetes research

Diabetes causes great personal suffering and shortens lifespan, as well as placing a heavy economic burden on society as whole and our health care systems in particular. This summer, Paul Franks, a professor at Lund University Diabetes Centre, will be doing an Ironman to draw attention to and raise money for the vital research in the field.

WATCH: An Ironman in support of diabetes research

Lund University Diabetes Centre (LUDC) is a global centre of excellence for many areas of diabetes research. Paul’s team studies how our genetic make-up and our lifestyle choices interact to cause type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases. Among other things, he is helping overweight pregnant women in Puerto Rico to maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy, as this has a positive impact on the unborn child.

However, research is expensive. Employing a doctoral student for one year costs around EUR 50 000, and sequencing a human genome costs around EUR 2 000 for one patient.

“I’ve committed the past 15 years of my working life to fighting diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and it occurred to me that I could use the Ironman to raise awareness and support for the important research we and others do”, said Paul Franks.

Paul has extensive experience of training and competition. He has completed over a hundred triathlons, marathons and other ultra-races. He ran his first half-marathon at the age of 12 and did his first Ironman when he was 22. When his children arrived, he put his racing activities on a backburner.

An Ironman is divided into three parts: 3.86 km swimming, 180.2 km cycling and 42 195m running (a marathon).

In order to reach as many people as possible, Paul Franks is blogging about his work in diabetes and how he’s preparing for the Copenhagen IRONMAN on 24 August 2014.

Follow Paul Franks on his blog

Information about the Copenhagen IRONMAN, 24 August 2014 

The campaign (starts on 9 June and runs until 30 September)

Paul Franks
+46 703 045755


Questions about the campaign:
Sara Liedholm
+46 734 407555

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