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

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Eastern - Cambridge
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Project not available for adoption
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Project Summary

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.

STAT6 and beta cells in Type 1

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

Professor Noel Morgan and his colleagues will study the role of protein STAT6 in beta cell health and survival and investigate the possibility that loss of this protein may contribute to beta cell death in Type 1 diabetes.

Reducing calories in gestational diabetes

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Eastern - Cambridge
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Project available for adoption
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Project Summary

Gestational diabetes affects pregnant women and can cause complications throughout pregnancy and birth. It’s linked to mothers being overweight or obese, and can increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life for both the mother and child.

Dr Claire Meek believes that reducing calories during pregnancy could improve the management of gestational diabetes, delivery of the baby and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes in the future. 

A potential treatment for extreme insulin resistance

Project:
Eastern - Cambridge
Status:
Project available for adoption
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Rare types of diabetes
Project Summary

Dr Robert Semple and his team will develop and evaluate the potential of proteins called antibodies for treating people with a type of extreme insulin resistance caused by rare genetic changes.

They will also develop a diagnostic screening test that will identify people that are likely to respond to the therapeutic antibody treatment.

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