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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.

Lymphatics: a new treatment target for kidney disease in people with diabetes?

Project:
London
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Dr David Long and his colleagues are investigating the function of kidney lymphatic vessels in diabetic kidney disease.

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.

Can self-management therapies help with chronic pain?

Project:
London
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Current treatment options for chronic pain in diabetes (also called painful diabetic neuropathy) are not very effective.

Blocking brain damage in diabetes

Project:
Scotland - Dundee
Status:
Project has less than a year to run
Project Summary

Professor Rory McCrimmon will investigate whether high blood glucose levels and regular episodes of hypoglycaemia ('hypos') contribute to accelerated aging of the brai

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.

Earlier detection of diabetic retinopathy using non-invasive imaging

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

Dr Ruth Hogg and her team will develop new software to assess high resolution images of the blood vessels in the retina, produced using a new non-invasive imaging meth

Taking account of ACC1 in beta cells

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

Can chilli treat chronic foot pain?

Project:
London
Status:
Project available for adoption
Project Summary

Chronic pain in the feet, caused by nerve damage, is a debilitating complication of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

Boosting beta cell growth and survival

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

Dr Bo Liu will study the role of molecules called microRNAs in the growth and survival of insulin-producing beta cells.

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