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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.

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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.

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  1. Keeping kidney cells talking

    Project Lincoln, Midlands
    • Adoptable projectAdoptable project

    Background to research Kidney disease is a potentially life-threatening complication of diabetes, where the only current treatment options are transplantation or dialysis...

  2. Protecting against fat in the pancreas

    Project Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Adoptable projectAdoptable project

    Background to research Fat builds up in the pancreas as people age and gain body weight, and people with a fatty pancreas are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes...

  3. Understanding the immune attack in Type 1 diabetes

    Project Exeter, South West
    • Adoptable projectAdoptable project

    Background to research Researchers believe that immune cells move into the pancreas and attack beta cells in Type 1 diabetes, but this process has actually only been studied in less than 200 people (because the samples needed are extremely rare)...

  4. Detecting cell death to prevent Type 1

    Project Bristol, South West
    • Adoptable projectAdoptable project

    Background to research Type 1 diabetes occurs when the immune system attacks and kills insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas...

  5. Targeted treatments for kidney disease

    Project Aberdeen, Scotland
    • Less than a year to runLess than a year to run

    Background to research Active ingredients in the cannabis plant are known to be useful for the treatment of a number of conditions such as arthritis...

  6. Breaking down blood clots

    Project Leeds, Northern and Yorkshire
    • Less than a year to runLess than a year to run

    Background to research Heart attacks and strokes are a leading cause of death and ill health among people with diabetes...

  7. Type 2 drugs and cardiovascular problems

    Project Manchester, North West
    • Adoptable projectAdoptable project

    Background to research Cardiovascular problems are a key complication of diabetes and people with the condition are twice as likely to have a heart attack or a stroke...

  8. Gene therapy to target T cells in Type 1

    Project Cardiff, Wales
    • Adoptable projectAdoptable project

    Background to research White blood cells of the immune system usually help to protect against infection by targeting bacteria and viruses that invade the body...