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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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Earlier detection of diabetic retinopathy using non-invasive imaging

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Northern Ireland - Belfast
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Dr Ruth Hogg and her team will develop new software to assess high resolution images of the blood vessels in the retina, produced using a new non-invasive imaging method called OCT-A.

The study will increase our understanding of the earlier stages of diabetic retinopathy and how blood vessels in the retina change, allowing for earlier diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy. 

Gut hormones to improve fertility in Type 2 diabetes

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Northern Ireland - Ulster
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Pregnancy
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Obesity and Type 2 diabetes can reduce fertility in women. Some women can regain their ability to have children after having gastric bypass surgery, but this doesn’t work for everyone. Dr Moffett wants to understand how infertility develops in people with obesity and Type 2 diabetes, and how it could be reversed.

New therapy to prevent vision loss

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Northern Ireland - Belfast
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A condition called diabetic macular oedema (DMO) is a major cause of vision loss in people with diabetes.

A PhD student in Professor Heping Xu’s lab will work to develop a new, effective and safe therapy to treat it. Their approach is to see whether existing drugs used for treating cancer and inflammation could be used for DMO.

Islet cell receptors as targets in Type 2

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Northern Ireland - Ulster
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Project available for adoption
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Innovation
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A student supervised by Professor Aine McKillop will investigate the role of islet cell receptors GPR55 and GPR120 as potential targets for new Type 2 diabetes therapies.

They will focus on the mechanisms by which the receptors work and their ability to control insulin production and regulate glucose levels and islet cell numbers.

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