Dr Catriona Farrell

Clinical Senior Lecturer

Diabetes Endocrinology and Reproductive Biology, School of Medicine

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Catriona graduated from University of Glasgow and completed initial years of clinical training in Glasgow before moving to the East of Scotland to complete higher specialty training in Endocrinology and Diabetes.

She was awarded the Diabetes UK Sir George Alberti Fellowship in 2017 to carry out a PhD at the University of Dundee studying the use of High Intensity Interval Training  (HIIT) as a treatment for people with Type 1 Diabetes and difficulty with awareness of low blood glucose (hypoglycaemia).

Catriona was appointed as a SCREDS clinical lecturer with the University of Dundee in 2022 and completed higher specialty training in October 2023. She has since been appointed as Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Endocrinology and Diabetes. 


The aim of Catriona's research is to improve the lives of people with Type 1 Diabetes through the use of exercise and technology. Catriona said research conducted to date has shown that HIIT may at least temporarily improve awareness of hypoglycaemia in people with Type 1 Diabetes who have difficulty detecting when their blood glucose is low. In addition, Catriona and colleagues have found that this type of exercise does not appear to heighten the risk of hypoglycaemia after exercise and may be protective from developing low blood glucose overnight.

Catriona and colleagues are now considering how this happens and where the changes take place, how we can use technologies to develop remote clinical trials to study HIIT on a larger scale and expand findings into the clinical setting to improve patient care and people's lives.