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.
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 email@example.com 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 they are fair to participants and have the necessary ethical approval before advertising on this page.
Studies for people with Type 1 diabetes
Researchers at University of Sheffield would like people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes (aged 18-75) who live in the UK or Australia to take part in their study. They want to understand more about how diabetes affects quality of life and how best to measure this.
For information, please contact Lizzie Coates at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0114 222 0886
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 at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7594 1316, or go to www.address2.org.
Researchers at the Open University would like to recruit people with Type 1 diabetes, who are 18 years or older, to take part in a study. They would like to understand better how people make decisions about their diabetes self-management. Participating in this study involves completing an online questionnaire. For information please contact Dmitri Katz on email@example.com.
Researchers at Bournemouth University would like to recruit adults with Type 1 diabetes to take part in a study piloting a new tool. The tool is designed to help assign the right therapy to people with Type 1 at the right time and with the right support. The researchers would like to identify patient priorities and match them with the best care pathway for each individual. This part of their research is to make sure the tool identifies the right priorities for each person. They need volunteers to complete the online questionnaire AND the survey, which together should take no more than 5-8 minutes. It's important that you complete both the questionnaire and the survey so that your response can be counted. Both can be found here. For information please contact Professor Barnard via Kbarnard@bournemouth.ac.uk.
Researchers at University of Brighton would like to recruit young people (18-25 years) diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at least 12 months ago to take part in a study looking at how ‘time perspective’ can influence self-care.
Time perspective is the extent to which we think about our past, present and future. We know that it may influence health choices we make, but we don’t know how what effect it may have on the self-management of Type 1 diabetes.
Taking part in the study involves answering an online questionnaire, which you can access through here.
For information please contact Elaine Sharp firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 641918.
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 via Email: L.Omahoney@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or phone 0113 8122059
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
Researchers at University College London Hospital and King’s College London would like to recruit people with Type 2 diabetes (taking at least one oral diabetes medication) to take part in their study. They want to find out if a new endoscopic procedure, called DMR, can lower blood glucose levels in people who have Type 2 diabetes. For information, please contact Marcia Henderson-Wilson (King’s College site) on email@example.com or Dr Cormac Magee (University College London Hospital site) on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 028 716 75037.
Researchers at De Montfort University, Leicester are looking for adults with Type 2 diabetes to take part in a study aiming to understand exercise behaviour. Participants will be asked to complete a survey online, which should only take between 10 and 20 minutes and can be found on the survey page. You can withdraw from the survey for up to 48 hours after completion, if you change your mind. For more information please contact Mariam Agha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, or call 0117 9287220.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 more information, please contact Karren-Lee Raymond at Karren-lee.Raymond@research.usc.edu.au or go to the survey website.
Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University and Strathclyde University are investigating whether blood glucose control after meals could be improved in people with Type 2 diabetes, by breaking up periods of sitting with light walking. They’ll be using continuous glucose monitors to carry out their study, and are looking for people (aged 35 to 75 years) with Type 2 diabetes who use metformin or diet management in the Glasgow area. They hope their findings will help to develop better lifestyle support for people with Type 2 diabetes. For information, please contact Aye Chan Paing at AyeChan.Paing@gcu.ac.uk.
Researchers at University of Sheffield would like to recruit people with Type 2 diabetes who are current or former users of mobile apps to monitor their diet and/or exercise. The researchers are interested in how people select apps, what features are useful, how apps are used, what people think about the information they get from the apps and whether they think there are any risks to using them. Taking part involves filling in a short survey, which can be found on survey page. For information please contact Pamela McKinney at email@example.com.
Studies for people with any type of diabetes
A team at the University of Oxford would like to recruit people aged over 18 who have diabetes and neuropathy to a study of the causes of neuropathic pain. Their findings could inform the development of new therapies. (Recruiting until June 2017)
For information contact Dr Juan Ramirez on 07961620314 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or 07792463525.
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.
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.
Researchers at the University of Surrey would like to recruit people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, aged 18 or older, who live in the UK and have access to a computer, to take part in a study investigating the social experience of living with diabetes. The study involves filling in a questionnaire sent by post with an online survey, and a telephone interview.
For more information please contact: Dr Kimberley Smith by emailing Kimberley.firstname.lastname@example.org
Studies for people at high risk of diabetes
Researchers at Oxford Brookes University would like to recruit people between the age of 18 and 65, with impaired fasting glucose and/or impaired glucose tolerance (at high risk of Type 2 diabetes or diagnosed with prediabetes) to take part in a study. The researchers want to see if eating millet grain-based food could help people to keep their blood glucose levels under a better control. Participating in this study involves two visits to the Functional Food Centre at Oxford Brookes University, lasting around four hours each. For information please contact Ameerah Almaski at email@example.com.
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.