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Our research projects

Diabetes UK is proud to share with you the diverse and exciting array of projects that we're currently supporting across the country.

Each of these projects is only possible thanks to the generous support of our members, donors and Diabetes UK groups.

 

Find a research project

You can use the box below to search for projects by the type of research involved or the region or research centre where they are taking place.

We invite you to read about the studies that interest you and to consider supporting them through our Adopt a Project scheme. Each project page includes details on whether a project is available to adopt and how long it has left to run. A showcase of all our research projects is also available to download.

Down to details of Type 1 immune attack

Project:
South West - Bristol
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

In Type 1 diabetes, the immune system mistakenly attacks several different proteins in the pancreas. One of them is called ZnT8.

Investigating a potential cause of Type 1 diabetes

Project:
South West - Exeter
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

It’s believed that one of the factors involved in the development of Type 1 diabetes could be a specific type of virus that infects pancreatic beta cells, causing the

Developing a Type 1 diabetes genetic risk score

Project:
South West - Exeter
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Dr Michael Weedon and his colleagues are aiming to develop a simple genetic test that could predict the type of diabetes and the treatment required in young adults.

Using genetics to predict Type 1 diabetes

Project:
South West - Exeter
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

There is a time window of several years between the start of the Type 1 diabetes immune attack and the appearance of symptoms.

Improving diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes in later life

Project:
South West
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

In people over the age of 50, diagnosing the type of diabetes can be more difficult.

Racking our brains on energy balance

Project:
South West - Exeter
Status:
Project has less than a year to run
Project Summary

Dr Craig Beall aims to identify cell surface receptors that are activated by the energy-sensing enzyme AMPK in the brain.

Fighting toxic fatty acids in Type 2

Project:
South West - Exeter
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Increased levels of fatty acid molecules in people with Type 2 diabetes are thought to contribute to the death and malfunction of insulin-producing beta cells.

Understanding the immune attack in Type 1 diabetes

Project:
South West - Exeter
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

In Type 1 diabetes, immune cells move into the pancreas and attack insulin-producing beta cells, but we don’t currently known how or why.

Healthy fat genes

Project:
Exeter, South West
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Dr Yaghootkar will study genes to understand what protects some obese people from developing Type 2 diabetes.

How does cancer affect people with Type 2?

Project:
Bristol, South West
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Dr Emma Vincent wants to understand why people with Type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop certain types of cancer than people without Type 2.

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