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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.

Blocking brain damage in diabetes

Project:
Scotland - Dundee
Status:
Project has less than a year to run
Project Summary

Professor Rory McCrimmon will investigate whether high blood glucose levels and regular episodes of hypoglycaemia ('hypos') contribute to accelerated aging of the brai

The cost-effectiveness of DiRECT’s Type 2 remission

Project:
Scotland - Glasgow
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

The DiRECT trial is finding out whether a weight management programme, including a low-calorie diet, can put Type 2 diabetes into remission for the long-term.

The DiRECT route to Type 2 remission?

Project:
Scotland (Glasgow), and Northern and Yorkshire (Newcastle)
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

With support from our largest ever research grant, Professors Mike Lean and Roy Taylor will investigate if a low-calorie diet, alongside weight management suppor

Keeping mitochondria healthy to prevent Type 2

Project:
Scotland - Dundee
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

High levels of fat can cause mitochondria (important structures inside our cells that burn fuel) to become stressed and break down.

The role of dietary fat in insulin resistance

Project:
Scotland - Dundee
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Increased levels of a molecule called DAG (found in dietary fat) has been shown to cause insulin resistance in muscle cells, by disrupting important signals.

Encouraging women with gestational diabetes to stay active

Project:
Scotland - Edinburgh
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Gestational diabetes, which develops during pregnancy and usually disappears after giving birth, can be dangerous for the mother and baby if blood glucose levels aren’

Exercise regime to bring back hypo awareness

Project:
Scotland - Dundee
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Some people with Type 1 diabetes lose the ability to tell when their blood glucose levels are going too low.

Relating glucose intake in muscle to Type 2 diabetes

Project:
Scotland - Dundee
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Current research into insulin resistance in Type 2 diabetes focuses on how insulin works inside cells, but Dr Kang is investigating the role of insulin on the outside.

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