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Diabetes Discoveries: present

What’s happening right now to help people with all types of diabetes live better lives, or help those at risk of diabetes to prevent it? And how can you get involved in events happening over the coming months to celebrate the life-saving diabetes discovery of insulin 100 years ago?

Learn more about what's coming up:

Online events and webinars

Diabetes Matters: a programme exploring 100 years of diabetes discoveries

Type 1 & Technology conference


Online events and webinars

We’ll have lots of interactive online events happening throughout the 100 years celebrations where you can learn more about the discovery of insulin, the different types of treatments that are now available and what’s happening in the world of research. Register for events coming up or catch up on videos from past events.

Watch videos from past events

100 years reflection on type 1 diabetes with Dr Debbie Wake, speaking with people living with diabetes and healthcare professionals about their hopes for the future

100 years reflection (YouTube)


Developing and harnessing technology so diabetes can do no harm

The final webinar in our series celebrating 100 years of insulin was led by Professor Gwyn Gould, University of Strathclyde and Dr Ian Salt, University of Glasgow, with presentations from Professor Andrew Morris, Dr Alison Kirk, Dr Marilyn Lennon, Dr Diane Morrow and Dr Debbie Wake. 

Developing and harnessing technology (YouTube)


Islet Transplant Assessment Technologies with Dr Euan Brown, Professor Shareen Forbes and Prof John Campbell

Islet transplant assessment technologies (YouTube)


Blood glucose testing with Dr Damion Corrigan

Blood glucose testing (YouTube)


Diabetes Matters: a programme exploring 100 years of diabetes discoveries  

On Friday 12 November 2021 we showcased a news-style programme, co-produced with ITN Productions, to explore the medical advancements and developments in the world of tech, life changing research, pharma and lifestyle to improve patient outcomes now and in the future.  

Head to the link below to watch the full programme, which includes our CEO, Chris Askew CBE, talking to presenter Selena Downes on why it’s so important to be celebrating this huge milestone in scientific history.  



Why have I got Diabetes?

How does diabetes develop?  And how can we improve advice and treatments. Come and explore these issues with us. Hosted by Professor Calum Sutherland, University of Dundee, you’ll hear the history of research that discovered how each different form of diabetes develops and why there are health problems associated with having diabetes.  

Why have I got Diabetes? (YouTube)


Diabetes: Getting the diagnosis right 

How do we get the right diagnosis? Join a panel of experts as we explore the discovery of different types of diabetes and treatments. Hosted by Professor Mark Strachan and Professor Rebecca Reynolds from the University of Edinburgh, this event will look at the journey of discovery of the different forms of diabetes, particularly type 1 and type 2, including a first-hand account from someone whose life has been transformed by more accurate diagnostic techniques.  

Diabetes: Getting the diagnosis right (YouTube) 


Insulin: a matter of life and death? 

Hosted by the University of Aberdeen and Professor Mirela Delibegovic, Director of Aberdeen Cardiovascular and Diabetes Centre, the first in a series of events by Diabetes UK Scotland will set the scene by presenting stories on the past, present and future of all things insulin. From islet transplants helping to improve diabetes care to advances in stem cells that hold promise for the future,  we’ll also hear from the first patient to receive a full pancreas transplant in Scotland.  

Insulin: a matter of life and death? (YouTube)

Type 1 and Technology conference 

Our free type 1 and technology conference hosted by Partha Karr, National Speciality Adviser for Diabetes with NHS England, gives people living with type 1 diabetes the opportunity to hear from researchers, healthcare professionals and the diabetes community about the latest developments in technology, top tech tips and delving into topics from pregnancy to sport and exercise. 

Watch the type 1 and technology conference recordings (YouTube)


Is it possible to prevent diabetes and its serious health problems? 

How do we win the fight to prevent diabetes?  

Hosted by Professor Calum Sutherland, University of Dundee, in this event you’ll hear from from experts about how far we've come in research advancements into diabetes prevention and what the future holds.  

Is it possible to prevent diabetes? (YouTube)i



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