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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. Can Type 2 treatments preserve beta cell identity?

    Project Coleraine, Northern Ireland
    • Adoptable projectAdoptable project

    Background to research The pancreas contains small clusters of cells called islets, and within the islets sit beta cells (producing insulin) and alpha cells (producing glucagon)...

  4. Can sorcin keep beta cells healthy?

    Project London, England
    • Adoptable projectAdoptable project

    Background to research In Type 2 diabetes, high levels of nutrients in the blood cause insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas to become stressed and stop working properly...

  5. 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)...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...