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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. Healthy fat genes

    Project Exeter, South West
    • Adoptable projectAdoptable project

    Background to researchBeing overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, but not everyone who is obese will go on to develop the condition...

  2. How does cancer affect people with Type 2?

    Project Bristol, South West
    • Adoptable projectAdoptable project

    Background to research People with Type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop certain types of cancer, including pancreatic cancer, liver cancer and cancer of the uterus...

  3. Exercise regime to bring back hypo awareness

    Project Dundee, Scotland
    • Adoptable projectAdoptable project

    Background to research People with Type 1 diabetes may lose their ability to sense when their blood glucose levels go very low, known as hypo unawareness...

  4. Improving prescriptions for people from ethnic minorities

    Project London, England
    • Adoptable projectAdoptable project

    Background to research If you have Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels can increase the risk of long-term complications, such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney problems...

  5. Targeted treatment for Type 2 risk

    Project London, England
    • Less than a year to runLess than a year to run

    Background to research Effective ways to prevent Type 2 diabetes in people who are at high risk is essential for helping to slow the worldwide growth of the condition...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...