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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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Discovering new drugs for diabetic kidney disease

Project:
England – London
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Innovation
Complications
Project Summary

Kidney disease is a complication of diabetes, which begins with damage to the filtration barrier of the kidney. At the moment, there are very few drugs which directly prevent this initial damage. Dr Long plans to screen over 1,200 potential new drugs for diabetic kidney disease, testing them in zebrafish. This could inform the development of new kidney disease treatments in the future.

Can stress hormones protect beta cells?

Project:
Midlands - Birmingham
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Innovation
Project Summary

Professor David Hodson would like to understand how stress hormones, called glucocorticoids, affect insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Understanding how these stress hormones might be linked to Type 2 diabetes might uncover new ways to treat the condition in the future.

Islet cell receptors as targets in Type 2

Project:
Northern Ireland - Ulster
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Innovation
Project Summary

A student supervised by Professor Aine McKillop will investigate the role of islet cell receptors GPR55 and GPR120 as potential targets for new Type 2 diabetes therapies.

They will focus on the mechanisms by which the receptors work and their ability to control insulin production and regulate glucose levels and islet cell numbers.

Understanding glucagon in Type 2

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

Imaging the kidney in diabetes

Project:
South West - Bristol
Status:
Project has less than a year to run
Tags:
Innovation
Complications
Project Summary

Professor Coward will purchase a combined transmitted light and fluorescent microscope and an imaging computer, which will help his team to study kidney cells and drive forward their understanding of diabetic kidney disease and the development of new therapies.

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