Can you help with diabetes driving study?

Researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University have recently published research showing that people with diabetes use their eyes differently while walking compared to people without diabetes, which adversely affects their stepping accuracy.

Professor Neil Reeves and Professor Dilwyn Marple-Horvat, from the School of Healthcare Science, are now starting a study that will investigate how this may apply to driving in people with diabetes.

The work of Prof Marple-Horvat has shown how important good eye movements are to optimal driving performance and how this is affected by various conditions such as alcohol intoxication.

The researchers are looking for controls without diabetes, who are over the age of 40 years and would be interested to drive on a driving simulator while their eye movements are followed by a camera.

If anyone is interested, they are encouraged to contact PhD researcher Monica Perazzolo by email:, or telephone 07594 527049.