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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.

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

The cost-effectiveness of DiRECT’s Type 2 remission

Project:
Scotland - Glasgow
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

The DiRECT trial is finding out whether a weight management programme, including a low-calorie diet, can put Type 2 diabetes into remission for the long-term.

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.

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.

Can Type 2 treatments preserve beta cell identity?

Project:
Northern Ireland - Coleraine
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Type 2 diabetes progresses because beta cells stop working properly over time, and scientists believe that they could be changing their identity.

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.

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