F1F launches PhD fellowship to fund research into hormonal illnesses

The Freeman 1st Foundation has launched a fellowship programme for medical students from Yorkshire and the Humber to carry out cutting-edge research in the field of endocrinology, the study of hormones.

Hormones regulate metabolism and control temperature, mood, sleep and growth. Hormonal imbalances are the underlying causes of many medical conditions.

The Freeman PhD Fellowship will provide fully funded studentships at the Hull York Medical School, the joint medical school of the Universities of Hull and York and a world-leading centre for education, research and innovation. The students will be based at the £7.5m Allam Diabetes Centre, a new purpose-built facility for clinical research, education and care.

The three-year studentships will cover a range of topics related to the study of hormones.

Our chairwoman Lesley Jackson said: 

“We have created the Freeman PhD Fellowship because the trustees feel very strongly that it will help promising young medical students from Yorkshire and the Humber to take part in world-class research on our doorstep and contribute to advances in healthcare for people with endocrine disorders, which can benefit patients both locally and globally.”

Freeman 1st Foundation launches PhD fellowship to fund research at Allam Diabetes Centre
F1F meet Lisa Baldwin at Allam Diabetes Centre
Pictured (left to right): Lesley Jackson, Leanne Brewis, Stuart Sanderson, Lisa Baldwin (Unit Manager, Academic Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, Allam Diabetes Centre)

Professor Thozhukat Sathyapalan, the academic lead for diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism research at Hull York Medical School and honorary consultant physician at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, added:

“Research is a key component of healthcare. It allows us to better understand conditions and their impact on patients and provide evidence-based treatment to cure conditions or help patients manage their conditions more effectively.

“The Freeman PhD Fellowship in endocrinology will enable us to increase our understanding of the impact of hormone imbalances on patients and develop treatments or guidance to help patients manage their conditions. It will also help us to support and train the next generation of health researchers.”

The Hull York Medical School is at the cutting edge of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism research and Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is regarded as the most successful recruiter into endocrine studies in the UK.

The Allam Diabetes Centre offers extensive research space including dedicated laboratories, a sports science testing room and day case facilities for complex clinical trials. Its researchers have expertise in diabetes, obesity, cardiometabolic diseases and various hormonal illnesses.

The first student to be awarded a Freeman PhD Fellowship starts work this year.

Press Coverage

Hull York Medical School, article here  

Hull Daily Mail, article here  


The Freeman 1st Foundation provides financial and practical support to young people with outstanding abilities in the arts, academia, business or sport who might otherwise be held back by their circumstances.