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.

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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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17 January 2019

Our scientists have discovered a new way to find children at high risk of Type 1 diabetes that’s more effective than current methods.

Our research fellow, Dr Richard Oram, at the University of Exeter and scientists at Seattle University have developed a new ‘risk calculator’.

20 December 2018

An economic study has calculated the costs and savings involved in delivering the ground-breaking DiRECT programme through the NHS.

The findings of the study suggest that remission could save the health service money if remission programmes were to become available. 

21 December 2018

We’ve joined forces with our friends at JDRF to award an exciting new research fellowship to Dr Anna Long, at the University of Bristol.

Where my passion started

I knew from the age of 16 that I wanted to do medical research. I have a great uncle who has diabetes, so I was aware of the condition and how serious it can be.

30 November 2018

NHS England has announced today that it will be doubling the size of its Diabetes Prevention Programme, and rolling out a pilot Type 2 diabetes remission programme, i

This is really exciting news, and the culmination of many years of hard work by our researchers, fundraisers and supporters of our work from across the UK.

30 October 2018

We have committed to invest £4.2 million into 13 new research projects across the UK. These include finding ways to stop the Type 1 immune attack, making the complications of diabetes less harmful, and finding the best ways to treat Type 2 diabetes.

£2.3 million will go towards five new fellowships: special awards to support talented scientists and healthcare professionals to become independent diabetes research leaders.

24 October 2018

A study funded by us has found that treating gum disease could help people with Type 2 diabetes manage their blood glucose levels, and may reduce their risk of diabetes-related complications.

Gum disease (periodontitis) affects somewhere between 50 to 90% of the population and people with diabetes have a higher risk of developing it. It sets in when levels of bacteria inside the mouth are out of balance.

31 August 2018

More than 22,000 people with diabetes currently need dialysis or a kidney transplant. Our partnership with Kidney Research UK aims to bring together expertise to understand and ultimately stop kidney disease in people with diabetes.

We've been working with Kidney Research UK and have established Clinical Studies Groups: groups of scientists, healthcare professionals and people living with either diabetes or

27 August 2018

New research jointly funded by Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation has revealed a new way to protect people with Type 2 diabetes from the harm caused by a heart attack, using a pre-existing drug.

Researchers from the University of Oxford have found that a drug could help people with Type 2 diabetes recover after a heart attack by activating a protein called HIF. HIF usually protects heart cells from the damage caused by low oxygen levels during a heart attack.

10 August 2018

The research, published in the Lancet, compared over 27,000 people with Type 1 diabetes to over 135,000 people without diabetes.

02 August 2018

Our landmark DiRECT trial has revealed further important insights into exactly how weight loss can put Type 2 diabetes into remission.

The biology behind Type 2 remission
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