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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. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. Identifying key genes in Type 2 diabetes

    Project London
    • Adoptable projectAdoptable project

    Background to research Since 2007, almost 500 genes (in over 90 regions of our DNA) have been associated with an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes...

  7. Improving methods for catching complications early

    Project Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Fully funded projectFully funded project

    Background to research The retina (the light-sensitive area at the back of the eye) is the only part of the body where blood vessels can be viewed non-invasively...

  8. The role of dietary fat in insulin resistance

    Project Dundee, Scotland
    • Adoptable projectAdoptable project

    Background to research The surface of our cells are covered in cave-like structures, which are formed by cholesterol and proteins called caveolins and cavins...