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Take part in diabetes research

Diabetes research would not be possible without the support of people with diabetes.

You can play a vital role by taking part in a research study or trial.

Diabetes researchers at King's College

Why we need clinical trials

Before new treatments can be used to help people with diabetes, they must be carefully tested to determine their safety and effectiveness. Clinical trials rely on volunteers to help them work out if treatments are safe, what the side effects are and whether they are more effective than existing treatments. By taking part in trials, you could play an important role in helping to prevent diabetes, to develop new and better treatments, or to find a potential cure.

Things to consider

If you would like to take part in a clinical trial you should always consult your healthcare team and speak to the healthcare professionals involved in the study.

You should be aware that there may be adverse side effects or disadvantages when participating in research or trials. Find out more about what it's like to take part in medical research by listening to those who have already done it at HealthTalkOnline.

UK Clinical Trials Gateway

If you would like to find clinical trials in which you might be able to take part, the UK Clinical Trials Gateway can help. They offer guidance on how trials work and can connect you to researchers running trials that you might be interested in.

To find out what trials are currently underway for diabetes, please access the gateway here. We are keen to find out whether you found the gateway helpful, so please contact us on research@diabetes.org.uk with any feedback.

Diabetes research trial opportunities

We list current opportunities for getting involved here. The list is provided for information purposes only and should not be treated as advice or a recommendation for participation in any of the studies.

All clinical trials are reviewed to ensure they are fair to participants and have the necessary ethical approval before advertising on this page.

Studies for people with Type 1 diabetes

Young people and shared-decision making

Researchers at the University of Cardiff are looking for young people, aged 12-19 years, with Type 1 diabetes to take part in a study about shared-decision making during doctors' appointments. Participants will be asked to take part in an interview, lasting around one hour. From this researchers hope to develop a way of helping adolescents get more involved in decision about their own health care.

For information please contact Amber Jordan at JordanA3@cardiff.ac.uk or call 029 2068 7643

The impact Type 1 diabetes has on education

Researchers at the University of Cambridge would like to recruit young people aged 16-25 with Type 1 diabetes to take part in a study that looks at the impact of their diabetes on education, social life and wellbeing. Taking part in the study involves completing a questionnaire, which should only take around 10 minutes.

For more information please contact Rosanna Fennessy at rtf21@cam.ac.uk.

The history of Type 1 diabetes treatment

Researchers at the University of Strathclyde are studying the history of Type 1 diabetes. They would like to recruit people with Type 1 diabetes and practitioners involved in the treatment (including those now retired) to take part in an interview. Participants will answer questions about their lives, their experiences with Type 1 diabetes, and their attitudes to medicine and health more generally. The research will examine the way insulin therapy changed from the mid-twentieth century as people with diabetes became more involved in making decisions about their condition.

For information please contact Stuart.bradwel@strath.ac.uk

Newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes?

Researchers at Imperial College London are looking for children and adults (aged 5 years or older) who have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the last six months to take part in a study. The study aims to form a picture of newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetes in the modern and diverse UK population, and also helps to put people with Type 1 diabetes and their siblings in touch with researchers running other diabetes studies. For example, one such trial is testing whether a new treatment can preserve beta cells.

For more information, please contact Helen Walkey (Study Coordinator) at address2@imperial.ac.uk or 020 7594 1316, or go to www.address2.org.

Omega-3 supplements in Type 1

Researchers at Leeds Beckett University would like to recruit adults with Type 1 diabetes to take part in a study investigating whether taking omega-3 supplements can improve blood glucose management around meal-times. They are looking for men and women aged between 18 and 65 years treated using insulin injections or insulin pump and who don’t have diabetes complications.

For more information please contact: Lauren O’Mahoney at L.Omahoney@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or phone 0113 8122059

Young people and long-term conditions

Researchers at the University of Bath would like to recruit 11-17 year olds with Type 1 diabetes to take part in a study aiming to improve our understanding about how young people view their long-term conditions. Taking part requires to fill in an online survey, which should only take 15-20 minutes. Participants aged 11-15 will need to gain their parents’ permission, which can be provided through the survey.

For information or to take part please visit the study page here.

You can also contact Cara Haines at C.Haines@bath.ac.uk for more information.

Studies for people with Type 2 diabetes

Exercise training and Type 2 diabetes

Researchers at the University of Birmingham are conducting a study looking at ways to combine different types of exercise in order to maximise the benefit to you. They are looking to recruit white Caucasian males, aged 40-65 years, who have had Type 2 diabetes for at least 1 year. Participants will receive fully supervised exercise training.

For information please contact Dr Jamie Pugh at J.Pugh@bham.ac.uk or 0121 414 8956

Altitude to treat Type 2 diabetes

Researchers at the University of Westminster would like to recruit people with pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes, who are not taking metformin, to take part in a study that aims to use altitude to treat Type 2 diabetes. Participants will need to visit the University frequently over a period of 4 weeks. Costs of £120 will be provided for completion of the study.

For information please contact Polly Aylwin at p.aylwin@Westminster.ac.uk

Appetite and Type 2 diabetes

Researchers from the Leicester Diabetes Centre would like to recruit men and post-menopausal women with Type 2 diabetes, who are currently taking the drug metformin or use diet and lifestyle alone to control their diabetes. The researchers would like to see how the medication Empagliflozin affects people’s appetite. Participants would need to attend six visits for tests and questionnaires.

For information please contact Lucy Ayres at LDCTrials@uhl-tr.nhs.uk or 0116 258 4028

Exploring patient perspectives on brief messages about diabetes

The University of Oxford and the University of Manchester are looking for people with Type 2 diabetes who have started taking medication for their Type 2 diabetes in the past year, or who have had a change to their diabetes medication in the past year to take part in a number of meetings over 6 months to help design mobile technology to support people to take their medications. 

For information please contact the SuMMiT-D research office on 01865 617940 or nicola.newhouse@phc.ox.ac.uk

Experience of Type 2 diabetes and education courses

Researchers at the University of Surrey would like to recruit adults with Type 2 diabetes living in the UK to take part in a study. They want to understand the experience of living with Type 2 diabetes and your views about diabetes education courses (e.g. DESMOND, X-PERT) and want to talk to people who have and who haven’t taken part in a diabetes education course. Taking part in a study involves an interview, which can take place in person or over the phone.

For information please contact Eolie Hampson at e.hampson@surrey.ac.uk

Emotional impact of Type 2 diabetes

Researchers at The University of Hull would like to recruit adults with Type 2 diabetes to take part in a study. The researchers want to develop a better understanding what emotional impact Type 2 diabetes has. They want to learn from the experiences of those living with the condition, and look for ways to enhance support and improve health outcomes.

For information, please go to the study webpage.

For any questions, please contact the researcher at info.diabetesresearch@gmail.com

High-intensity Interval Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers at Ulster University (Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland) would like to recruit men with Type 2 diabetes to take part in a study looking at the effects of a time-efficient high-intensity interval exercise session (which takes 10 minutes total) on 24-hour blood glucose levels. The study is using continuous glucose monitors to understand the effects of exercise on blood glucose levels when participants are outside of a lab environment (performing their normal daily activities). The team are looking for participants who are 18-60 years of age, with a BMI of less than 35, who take no more than two diabetes medications and are not on insulin therapy.

For more information, please contact Dr Richard Metcalfe on r.metcalfe@ulster.ac.uk or 028 716 75037.

Using apps to manage your diabetes?

Researchers at the University of Bristol would like to recruit adults with Type 2 diabetes, who are currently using or have previously used a web-based tool or app to help them manage their diabetes. The researchers are trying to understand people’s experiences, and what they do and don’t like about this technology. Participating in the study would involve an interview. The researchers are looking for people with different experiences and from different backgrounds to compare their views.

For information please contact Sophie Turnbull at sophie.turnbull@bristol.ac.uk, or call 0117 9287220.

Importance of exercise with a Type 2 family history

Researchers at the University of Liverpool would like to recruit people with a parent, sibling or child with Type 2 diabetes to take part in their study to understand the importance of physical activity in those with a family history of the condition. The study involves six visits to the clinic to have several health checks (like an MRI scan) and the team are looking for people aged 18-60 years who do over 10,000 steps per day.(Reimbursements for time and travel are available).

For more information, please contact Kelly Davies at kdavies@liverpool.ac.uk.

Are psychological factors linked to diabetes?

Researchers at University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, are currently recruiting adults with Type 2 diabetes, at high risk of Type 2 diabetes, who have/had gestational diabetes or have no diabetes. They would like participants to complete a 15-20 minute anonymous online survey to help them to understand the relationships between psychological distress, impulsivity, body mass index (BMI) and food addiction in people with and without diabetes.

For information please contact Karren-Lee Raymond at Karren-lee.Raymond@research.usc.edu.au or go to the survey website.

Studies for people with any type of diabetes

Treating painful nerve damage

Researchers at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals would like to recruit people aged 18 or over with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, who have painful nerve damage as a result of their diabetes, to take part in a study. This study is looking to find the most effective way to treat painful nerve damage in people with diabetes. Participation will involve frequent clinic visits and following a course of medication. Participants will also be asked to keep a medication and pain diary and give blood tests.

For information please contact: Jennifer Petrie at option-dm@sheffield.ac.uk

Helping people with diabetes get the right diagnosis

Researchers at the University of Exeter would like to recruit adults diagnosed with diabetes in the last 12 months, and aged 18 to 50 at diagnosis OR aged over 50 and on insulin treatment, to take part in the StartRight study. The study aims to help people who are recently diagnosed with diabetes to get the right diagnosis of what type of diabetes they have. The study is recruiting at approx 50 hospital & community sites across England and Wales. Go here to see the site locations.

For information please contact the study team: rde-tr.DiabetesResearch@nhs.net

Had a Medicine Use Review in Northern Ireland?

Researchers at Ulster University would like to recruit people with diabetes aged 18-80 years who have completed a Medicine Use Review (MUR) meeting with a community pharmacist in Northern Ireland. The study involves completing a short questionnaire that's exploring opinions of MUR service within Northern Ireland.

For information please contact Mrs Bronagh White at bc.white@ulster.ac.uk or 0287 012 4135

Using design to improve lives of people with diabetes

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University are recruiting people living with diabetes (18yrs+), to take part in either a face-to-face or Skype discussion and/or workshops. The researchers are interested in understanding day-to-day life and challenges of living with diabetes. They plan to use this information to inform the design of new products, clothing, accessories and services that aim to improve the lives of people living with diabetes.

For information please contact Lisa Shawgi on lisa.shawgi2015@my.ntu.ac.uk or 07507265332

Social experience of living with diabetes

Researchers at The University of Surrey would like to recruit adults with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, who can use a computer and are UK citizens to take part in a study. Researchers want to understand more about the social experience of living with diabetes. Taking part in this research involves filling in an online survey.

The survey for people with Type 1 diabetes. 

The survey for people with Type 2 diabetes.

For information please contact Kimberley Smith at Kimberley.j.smith@surrey.ac.uk

Learning disabilities and diabetes

Researchers at the Open University would like to recruit adults, who have mild-to-moderate learning disabilities and Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes to take part in a study, looking at what people with learning disabilities think is good and bad about their diabetes appointments in primary care.

Where possible, researchers would also like to recruit one person who helps with appointments.

For information please contact Lorna Rouse at lorna.rouse@open.ac.uk or 07756099058

How perceptions could improve self-management

Researchers at the University of Southampton would like to recruit people aged 18 or over, with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, to take part in a study examining how people with diabetes form impressions of both themselves and others. The study aims to improve our understanding of how people’s perceptions of themselves and those around them can impact on diabetes management and healthcare decisions. The results could improve guidance on how to support people with diabetes to self-manage their condition. 

For more information, please contact Clark West on cgw1g13@soton.ac.uk or 07792463525.

Have you experienced harassment online?

Researchers at the National Centre for Cyberstalking Research (NCCR) would like to speak to people aged 18 or older, living with any type of chronic condition and residing in the UK. They’re examining the impact of cyber victimisation (cyberharrasment, cyberstalking, cyber disability hate incidents) on people living with chronic conditions or disabilities. 

If you are interested in taking part, please go to the survey website or contact NCCR@beds.ac.uk for information.

Healthcare professionals and cyber victimisation

Researchers at the National Centre for Cyberstalking Research (NCCR) would like to recruit GPs in the UK to take part in a study, to examine their perceptions on the impact cyber victimisation (cyberharrasment, cyberstalking, cyber disability hate incidents) has on people living with chronic conditions or disabilities. 

If you are interested in taking part, fill this short survey or contact NCCR@beds.ac.uk for information. 

 

Diabetes UK accepts no responsibility for participation in any research or clinical trial and is therefore not liable for any claims (except in respect of death or personal injury caused by Diabetes UK’s negligence) that might arise during the course of research.

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