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Research spotlights

Our research spotlights focus on current and recent Diabetes UK funded diabetes research projects - hear from the Diabetes UK research team and the researchers we fund about the aims, the methodology and the people behind each project, as well as updates on progress and outcomes.

For an overview of all our funded research, see Our research projects.

  • Mobile eye tests help prevent blindness

    Diabetes was once the leading cause of blindness among UK people of working age, but our funded research paved the way for today's national eye screening service.
  • A vaccine for Type 1 diabetes

    Research that is helping to improve our understanding of the immune system and support the development of potential immunotherapies to prevent Type 1 diabetes.
  • Low-calorie diet

    In 2013 we awarded our largest-ever research grant to support a new study to investigate whether a low-calorie diet can put Type 2 diabetes into remission.
  • Artificial pancreas

    We're funding two groundbreaking research projects aiming to develop an artificial pancreas for adults with Type 1 diabetes.
  • Diabetic retinopathy

    We're supporting a range of research projects to reduce the impact of this devastating complication.
  • Is there a cure for diabetes?

    At the moment, there isn't a simple cure for diabetes – in our video, Dr Alasdair Rankin, Diabetes UK Director of Research, discusses some of our research in this area.
  • Islet cell transplants

    Find out about islet cell transplantation, and the research projects we're supporting that could help us to learn more about this treatment and increase its impact even further.
  • Beta cells in Type 2 diabetes

    Our understanding of the mechanisms that lead to the malfunction and eventual destruction of beta cells in Type 2 diabetes is limited. We're funding a range of different research projects that aim to improve knowledge in this important area and contribute to the development of new and better treatments for people with Type 2.
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