Research Round-Up

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.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.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.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 timeline 

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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27 April 2018

We have committed to invest £2.6 million in 19 brand new projects which aim to make life-changing improvements in diabetes care, and reduce people’s risk of Type 2 diabetes. 

The funding will be given to projects looking into Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes. In one of these projects, Dr Freya Harrison, from the University of Warwick, will be using medieval remedies to find new sources of antibiotics.

02 March 2018

Type 2 diabetes could be broken down into different subtypes, according to research published today in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Scientists in Sweden and Finland have found that Type 2 diabetes could be separated out into four subtypes, which have distinct characteristics. This suggests that people with Type 2 diabetes might be affected by their diabetes in different ways and benefit from different treatments.

26 January 2018

A study of older people in the UK suggests people with diabetes lose cognitive ability faster than people with normal blood sugar control.  

The findings, published today in Diabetologia, was led by researchers at Imperial College London. They studied more than 5,000 people over the age of 50 and measured their cognitive decline over a 10 year period.

05 December 2017

A new programme involving an intensive diet of 800 calories a day could help put Type 2 diabetes into remission, suggests the biggest research study we’ve ever funded.

DiRECT (short for Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial) has been testing a new approach to putting Type 2 diabetes into remission in just over 300 people with Type 2 diabetes.

30 November 2017

Type 1 diabetes could be more common in adults than previously believed, according to new Diabetes UK-funded research.

Scientists at the University of Exeter Medical School have found that more than 40 per cent of Type 1 diabetes cases could occur after the age of 30.

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