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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.

Ancient medicine to treat infected foot ulcers

Project:
Midlands - Warwick
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Infections in foot ulcers can be hard to treat and don’t always respond to antibiotics. If this happens, they can result in amputations or sepsis.

Imaging insulin release in the pancreas

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

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.

Why is exercise good for people with Type 2 diabetes?

Project:
Birmingham, Midlands
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

We know that exercise is good for people with Type 2 diabetes, but Dr Barlow would like to understand the relationship between the two better.

Keeping kidney cells talking

Project:
Midlands - Lincoln
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Dr Hills wants to understand why kidney cells can’t function properly in people with diabetes.

Benefits of exercise for Type 2 diabetes

Project:
Midlands - Nottingham
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Exercise is known to provide health benefits for people living with Type 2 diabetes and reduce the risk of developing Type 2. But we don’t yet understand why.

Trading ‘bad’ fats for ‘good’ fats in Type 2

Project:
Midlands - Warwick
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Professor Zammit and his team aim to find out if enzymes that produce fat in the muscle determine whether it is 'good' fat (seen in athletes) or 'bad' fat (seen in man

Fatty livers and gestational diabetes

Project:
Midlands - Stoke-on-Trent
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Gestational diabetes can increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes in later life, as can high levels of fat in the liver.

Finding new ways to stop diabetes-related kidney damage

Project:
Midlands - Lincoln
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Many people with diabetes experience nephropathy – a condition that is the leading cause of end-stage kidney disease.

Beta cell damage in Type 2

Project:
Midlands - Nottingham
Status:
Project has less than a year to run
Project Summary

Dr Mark Turner will supervise this study of specific molecules that trigger beta cell damage or reduce insulin secretion in people with Type 2 diabetes.

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