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Our research projects

With more lives to change than ever, we can't stop now.

At any one time, we have around 120 research projects making discoveries across the UK. Each of these projects is only possible thanks to the generous support of our members, donors and local groups.

Your support means we can keep tackling the complications of diabetes and bring us one step closer to a cure.

We fund world class research

Our research studies are reviewed by experts and approved by the Diabetes UK Research Committee and our panel of people living with diabetes. So you're supporting research of the highest scientific quality, led by researchers with the skills and experience necessary to succeed.

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.

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Why does insulin resistance occur in Type 2 diabetes?

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Northern & Yorkshire - Leeds
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Insulin resistance is a key feature of Type 2 diabetes. It affects the ability of the body’s cells to take in glucose and causes high blood glucose levels.

Professor Bryant will explore whether proteins involved in this process don’t work properly in people with Type 2 diabetes. This research could improve our understanding of what causes Type 2 diabetes and how to treat it.

Follow-up of teens with Type 1 from the AdDIT trial

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Eastern - Cambridge
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Professor David Dunger and his team will continue to follow-up adolescents with Type 1 diabetes who were involved in the AdDIT trial to assess the long-term effects of drugs which lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels on the development of diabetes complications.

The follow-up will also allow them to identify new risk markers for complications and potentially alternative interventions.

Imaging insulin release in the pancreas

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Midlands
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RD Lawrence Fellow Professor David Hodson will use advanced imaging techniques to study the way that beta cells of the pancreas work together to produce insulin.

The new insight this provides could potentially lead to new ways of increasing beta cell function in Type 2 diabetes.

Lymphatics: a new treatment target for kidney disease in people with diabetes?

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London
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Project available for adoption
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Complications
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Dr David Long and his colleagues are investigating the function of kidney lymphatic vessels in diabetic kidney disease. This will help us to understand whether targeting lymphatic vessels could be a novel treatment strategy for diabetic kidney disease. 

Targeted treatment for Type 2 risk

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London
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Project has less than a year to run
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Prevention
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Dr Nicola Guess will investigate the benefits of targeted treatment for different groups of people at high risk of Type 2 diabetes.

She will use the dietary carbohydrate ‘inulin’ to try and improve glucose and insulin levels in people unlikely to benefit from changes to diet and physical activity levels.

Not all fat’s the same: protecting against Type 2 diabetes

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Northern & Yorkshire - Leeds
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Project available for adoption
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Causes
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Dr Roberts is focusing on fat cells, with different types responsible for storing and burning fat. He hopes to find specific signals from ‘good’ beige fat cells, to see if they can improve fat metabolism and protect the body from Type 2 diabetes.

If successful, this research could inform the development of new protective Type 2 diabetes treatments.

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