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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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Taking account of ACC1 in beta cells

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South East - Oxford
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Project available for adoption
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Project Summary

Dr Cantley will use state-of-the-art techniques in molecular and cell biology to study the mechanisms by which ACC1, a critically important enzyme, influences the size and number of beta cells. His work will improve knowledge of beta cells and how they might be targeted with new therapies.

A potential treatment for extreme insulin resistance

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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.

Gestational diabetes and the long-term health of offspring

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South East
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Project available for adoption
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Pregnancy
Project Summary

Professor Lillycrop is studying the genes of babies from mothers with and without gestational diabetes, to look for specific genetic changes that come about as a result of gestational diabetes.

She hopes to find out whether those genetic changes have an impact on the long-term health of the babies, and whether treatments to prevent the changes to genes from happening can be developed.

Understanding glucagon in Type 2

Project:
South East - Oxford
Status:
Project available for adoption
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Innovation
Project Summary

Dr Quan Zhang will use advanced techniques to study mechanisms involved in the release of glucagon (the hormone that raises blood glucose when it falls too low) and find out how they become disrupted in diabetes.

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