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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.

Not all fat’s the same: protecting against Type 2 diabetes

Project:
Northern & Yorkshire - Leeds
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Dr Roberts is focusing on fat cells, with different types responsible for storing and burning fat.

Why does insulin resistance occur in Type 2 diabetes?

Project:
Northern & Yorkshire - Leeds
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Insulin resistance is a key feature of Type 2 diabetes. It affects the ability of the body’s cells to take in glucose and causes high blood glucose levels.

The DiRECT route to Type 2 remission?

Project:
Scotland (Glasgow), and Northern and Yorkshire (Newcastle)
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

With support from our largest ever research grant, Professors Mike Lean and Roy Taylor will investigate if a low-calorie diet, alongside weight management suppor

Does TLE3 control beta cell identity?

Project:
Northern and Yorkshire - Newcastle
Status:
Project has less than a year to run
Project Summary

Over time, insulin-producing beta cells stop working properly in people with Type 2 diabetes, and it’s thought this is because they lose their identity and turn into o

Insulin resistance and the brain

Project:
Northern and Yorkshire - Leeds
Status:
Project has less than a year to run
Project Summary

A specific region of the brain senses insulin levels and sends out signals to the body.

Studying the veins to improve heart bypass

Project:
Northern and Yorkshire - Leeds
Status:
Project has less than a year to run
Project Summary

Dr Karen Porter will work to understand the precise mechanisms that cause and sustain damage to smooth muscle cells in the veins of the leg.

ReTUNEing Type 2 diabetes remission

Project:
Northern & Yorkshire - Newcastle
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Obesity is a key risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, but not everyone with this condition is overweight.

Improving support for people with mental illness & diabetes

Project:
Northern and Yorkshire - York
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Living with diabetes can have a real psychological impact on people, but very little is known about how much it affects people that are already living with a mental il

Why do blood vessels become leaky?

Project:
Northern and Yorkshire - Sheffield
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

In people with diabetes blood vessels can become leaky. This can lead to complications like eye disease and stroke.

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