Our research projects

We fund world class research

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

Every project is reviewed by experts and approved by our 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 to succeed.

Your support of our research projects means we can keep tackling the complications of diabetes and bring us one step closer to a cure.

Find a research project

Use the search tool to discover research taking place in your local area, or choose a subject or type of diabetes you’re interested in.

Each project page showcases the details of the research, and if you find a research project you could really get behind, you can support it in lots of different ways.

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Testing blood glucose in a flash

Project:
North West - Manchester
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Healthcare
Type 1
North West
England - North West
England
Project Summary

Flash glucose monitoring gives people with diabetes a simple and painless way to monitor their blood glucose levels. But not everyone who would benefit has access to this life-changing technology. Dr Lalantha Leelarathna will compare the impact and costs of Flash 2 to finger pricks tests in people with Type 1 diabetes. This will provide important evidence that could help make Flash more widely available on the NHS, to transform the lives of people with Type 1 diabetes.

Can our own cells help to repair eye damage?

Project:
North West
Status:
Project has less than a year to run, but can still be adopted
Tags:
Complications
Type 1
Type 2
North West
Project Summary

Diabetes can cause damage to blood vessels in the eye, known as retinopathy. Current treatments can stop this damage getting worse but they can’t usually reverse it. Dr Hannah Levis hopes to develop a new treatment that could do just this. She wants to see if specialised cells, taken from people with diabetes, can repair damaged blood vessels in the eye. This research could help to transform care for people with diabetes and help stop sight loss in the future.

Type 2 drugs and cardiovascular problems

Project:
North West - Manchester
Status:
Project not available for adoption
Tags:
North West
Type 2
England
Complications
Project Summary

Dr Martin Rutter will study key Type 2 diabetes drugs to find out if they are linked to cardiovascular problems. This will provide reliable and urgently needed information about the possible link between commonly prescribed Type 2 diabetes drugs and the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Developing better ways to watch babies grow during pregnancy

Project:
North West - Manchester
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Pregnancy
North West
England
Type 1 and Type 2
Project Summary

Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes in women is linked to babies growing smaller or larger than usual during pregnancy, which can lead to dangerous complications.

Dr Myers wants to develop a more accurate way to monitor a baby’s growth during pregnancy, so that any changes can be found earlier on. This could help to prevent complications during pregnancy and improve the long-term health of the babies in the future.

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