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Find out the latest from the world of diabetes research – news, new projects, updates and blogs from researchers.

Diabetes UK research spotlights

Some highlights from the diabetes research projects we are funding. You can also browse and search our full directory of research projects.

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Meet our researchers

Meet some of the researchers, PhD students and fellows who are undertaking diabetes research with funding from Diabetes UK, and find out more about their work.

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Diabetes research blog

The Diabetes UK Research team bring you the latest news and views on our funded research, as well as responses to media stories about diabetes research, while our guest bloggers take you behind the scenes of their own research.

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Our research's impact

Have a look at the breakthroughts that have been made, and the impact we've had, over the last 80 years.

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29 May 2020

After gathering the views of the public last year, researchers are once again calling on women, their families and healthcare professionals to help make sure the future of research into diabetes and pregnancy meets their needs.

Around 38,000 women who give birth in the UK each year have some form of diabetes. While many women have healthy babies, we know that diabetes can increase the risk of complications for the mother and baby – both during pregnancy and later in life.

05 May 2020

A new deal between scientific publisher Wiley and digital education group Jisc will allow for diabetes researchers at UK universities to publish their work in Open Access for free in Diabetic Medicine

At Diabetes UK, research is a key part of our mission. We want to create a world where diabetes can do no harm, which is only possible if we work with scientists and fund their work to help us understand more about the condition in all its forms.

24 April 2020

People living with diabetes can play a vital role in the fight against Covid-19 by using an app to log their daily symptoms, to help scientists learn more about how the virus affects people with the condition.

The COVID-19 Symptom Tracker app has been developed by scientists at King’s College London and health science company ZOE.

16 April 2020

You may have seen headlines today linking diabetes and high blood sugar levels to a higher risk of death from Covid-19.

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03 April 2020

In response to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, we’re making £100,000 available for scientists to study how coronavirus affects people living with diabetes.

It’s never easy living with any type of diabetes. But we know right now many will be especially worried about their own or a loved ones’ health.

13 March 2020

We’re getting two new research projects off the ground to improve how we care for people with diabetes and eating disorders.

We’re supporting these projects thanks to the diabetes Clinical Studies Groups (CSGs).

11 March 2020

Researchers funded by us have found that children who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes under the age of seven appear to have a different form of the condition to those diagnosed aged 13 or above.

The team at the University of Exeter have shown for the first time that children who were diagnosed at younger ages can’t process insulin properly and their insulin-producing beta cells are destroyed rapidly.

17 February 2020

Around 25% of people with type 1 diabetes have reduced awareness of the symptoms of low blood sugars.

We know that if you have repeated hypos, you’re more likely to stop noticing when you go low. But we don’t yet fully understand why people lose their ability to sense hypos.

31 January 2020

In 2019, we committed over £6.8 million into over 35 new research projects all across the UK.

In 2015, Diabetes UK and JDRF came together to establish the Type 1 Immunotherapy Consortium, led by Professor Colin Dayan at Cardiff University.

16 January 2020

Islet transplants are currently used as a treatment for people with type 1 diabetes who are hypo unaware, but they fall short of a cure. A new study from the University of Edinburgh could be key in making these transplants more effective.

Hypo unawareness is a condition that affects some people with type 1 diabetes that makes it hard to know when your blood sugar levels fall dangerously low. If you’re unaware of hypos, you can't treat them quickly when they occur to get back into a safer blood sugar range.

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