Our research projects

Diabetes UK is proud to share with you the diverse and exciting array of projects that we're currently supporting across the country.

Each of these projects is only possible thanks to the generous support of our members, donors and Diabetes UK groups.

 

Find a research project

You can use the box below to search for projects by the type of research involved or the region or research centre where they are taking place.

We invite you to read about the studies that interest you and to consider supporting them through our Adopt a Project scheme. Each project page includes details on whether a project is available to adopt and how long it has left to run. A showcase of all our research projects is also available to download.

Can self-management therapies help with chronic pain?

Project:
London
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Current treatment options for chronic pain in diabetes (also called painful diabetic neuropathy) are not very effective.

Follow-up of teens with Type 1 from the AdDIT trial

Project:
England - Eastern
Status:
Project has less than a year to run
Project Summary

Professor David Dunger and his team will continue to follow-up adolescents with Type 1 diabetes who were involved in the AdDIT trial to assess the long-term effects of

Ancient medicine to treat infected foot ulcers

Project:
Midlands - Warwick
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Infections in foot ulcers can be hard to treat and don’t always respond to antibiotics. If this happens, they can result in amputations or sepsis.

Targeted treatment for Type 2 risk

Project:
London
Status:
Project has less than a year to run
Project Summary

Dr Nicola Guess will investigate the benefits of targeted treatment for different groups of people at high risk of Type 2 diabetes.

The cost-effectiveness of DiRECT’s Type 2 remission

Project:
Scotland - Glasgow
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

The DiRECT trial is finding out whether a weight management programme, including a low-calorie diet, can put Type 2 diabetes into remission for the long-term.

Unravelling how beta cells lose their ‘identity’ and function

Project:
London
Status:
Project has less than a year to run
Project Summary

It has become increasingly clear that during the progression of Type 2 diabetes, pancreatic beta cells - responsible for storing and releasing insulin - lose their ide

Blocking brain damage in diabetes

Project:
Scotland - Dundee
Status:
Project has less than a year to run
Project Summary

Professor Rory McCrimmon will investigate whether high blood glucose levels and regular episodes of hypoglycaemia ('hypos') contribute to accelerated aging of the brai

Follicular helper T cells: are they an indication of Type 1 diabetes?

Project:
England – London
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Professor Lucy Walker and her colleagues have found that a specific type of immune cell – called the follicular helper T cell – can trigger Type 1 diabetes in mice, an

Targeting B cells involved in Type 1

Project:
Midlands - Lincoln
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Dr Michael Christie will develop a technique to eliminate ‘B cells’ of the immune system that are thought to be involved in the development of Type 1 diabetes, leaving

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