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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.

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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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Preventing damage to the retina in diabetes

Project:
Northern Ireland
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Type 1
Type 2
Complications
Healthcare
Northern Ireland
Project Summary

Having diabetes can lead to damaged blood vessels in the retina, caused by high blood sugar levels. This can lead to visual impairment and blindness. Dr Judith Lechner wants to find out if a protective protein can be used to repair and reduce this damage, and potentially be used as a new treatment option in the future.

How have people with type 1 diabetes been affected by coronavirus?

Project:
South West - Bristol
Status:
Project not available for adoption
Tags:
Type 1
Healthcare
England - South West
Partnership
Project Summary

People with type 1 diabetes are more likely be become seriously unwell if they catch coronavirus (Covid-19), but we know very little about how many people with type 1 have already had the virus in the UK, or how it has affected them. Professor Gillespie will test people with type 1 diabetes and their families for Covid-19 antibodies and ask them to share their experiences of Covid-19 and lockdown. This will shed an important light on the impact the pandemic has had on people with type 1 and help to improve the advice and support they're given. 

Which people with diabetes are more severely affected by coronavirus?

Project:
South West - Exeter
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Type 1 and Type 2
England - South West
Healthcare
Project Summary

People with diabetes are more likely to become seriously ill if they catch coronavirus, but we don’t fully understand why. Dr Dennis will study large health databases to look in detail at different factors, such as age and blood sugar levels, and work out which put people with diabetes at greater risk. This will give us a way to identify who is most likely to experience severe symptoms and could rapidly enable the NHS to improve care for people admitted to hospital with diabetes and coronavirus, helping to save lives.

The effects of coronavirus on the health of people with diabetes

Project:
Scotland - Glasgow
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Type 1 and Type 2
Complications
Healthcare
Scotland
Project Summary

Professor Sattar will look at both the direct and indirect effects of the coronavirus pandemic for people with diabetes. He’ll find out if it has had an impact on risk factors for diabetes complications, and if there’s differences between different groups of people with diabetes. He’ll also explore the effects of having coronavirus on blood sugar levels. These insights could help us understand what needs to be done to minimise any negative consequences of the pandemic, to keep people with diabetes healthy for longer.  

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

Project:
Northern & Yorkshire - Leeds
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Northern & Yorkshire
England
Type 2
Causes
Project Summary

Dr Roberts is focusing on fat cells, with different types responsible for storing and burning fat. He hopes to find specific signals from ‘good’ beige fat cells, to see if they can improve fat metabolism and protect the body from Type 2 diabetes.

If successful, this research could inform the development of new protective Type 2 diabetes treatments.

Using genetics to predict Type 1 diabetes

Project:
South West - Exeter
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
South West
Type 1
Causes
England
Project Summary

There is a time window of several years between the start of the Type 1 diabetes immune attack and the appearance of symptoms.

Dr Richard Oram has developed a ‘risk calculator’ that uses information from genes linked to Type 1 diabetes to potentially find those at risk of the condition. Now, they want to test the calculator using data from several large studies.

This could help to find people at high risk of Type 1 diabetes in the future, and provide vital knowledge to help create treatments to stop it.

Blocking immune cells that attack the pancreas in Type 1

Project:
Wales - Cardiff
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Type 1
Causes
Wales
Towards a cure
Project Summary

In Type 1 diabetes, immune cells called ‘B cells’ move into the pancreas and are involved in the destruction of insulin-producing cells. Professor Susan Wong wants to work out why they do this. Her team will study a protein found on B cells and look for differences between people with and without Type 1 diabetes. This could help us develop treatments that stop the immune attack and prevent this condition.

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