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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.

Follicular helper T cells: are they an indication of Type 1 diabetes?

Project:
England – London
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Professor Lucy Walker and her colleagues have found that a specific type of immune cell – called the follicular helper T cell – can trigger Type 1 diabetes in mice, an

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

Project:
London
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Dr David Long and his colleagues are investigating the function of kidney lymphatic vessels in diabetic kidney disease.

Targeted treatment for Type 2 risk

Project:
London
Status:
Project has less than a year to run
Project Summary

Dr Nicola Guess will investigate the benefits of targeted treatment for different groups of people at high risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Unravelling how beta cells lose their ‘identity’ and function

Project:
London
Status:
Project has less than a year to run
Project Summary

It has become increasingly clear that during the progression of Type 2 diabetes, pancreatic beta cells - responsible for storing and releasing insulin - lose their ide

Can self-management therapies help with chronic pain?

Project:
London
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Current treatment options for chronic pain in diabetes (also called painful diabetic neuropathy) are not very effective.

Testing a Type 1 vaccine in young people

Project:
London
Status:
Project is fully funded
Project Summary

Researchers will study the safety and impact of an experimental ‘vaccine’ for Type 1 diabetes, looking at its effects in children and teenagers for the first time.

Helper molecules to improve islet transplant

Project:
London
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Professor Peter Jones and his team will find out which molecules allow a particular kind of ‘helper cell’ to improve islet transplants.

A new ADDRESS for Type 1 trial recruitment

Project:
London
Status:
Project is fully funded
Project Summary

Professor Desmond Johnston and his team will work closely with researchers across the UK to increase the value of ADDRESS (the After Diabetes Diagnosis Research Suppor

Can chilli treat chronic foot pain?

Project:
London
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Chronic pain in the feet, caused by nerve damage, is a debilitating complication of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

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