Our research projects

We fund world class research

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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Exploring blood glucose control in Type 1 diabetes

Project:
Scotland - Edinburgh
Status:
Project is fully funded
Tags:
Healthcare
Type 1
Scotland
Project Summary

Professor Colhoun hopes to understand how blood glucose control in Type 1 diabetes changes over time in different groups of people. These insights could help us find ways to improve blood glucose levels in people with Type 1 diabetes.

Are SGLT2 inhibitors safe and effective for people with Type 2?

Project:
Scotland - Edinburgh
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Healthcare
Type 2
Scotland
Project Summary

People with Type 2 diabetes can use drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors to help them manage their blood glucose levels. But unanswered questions remain around how effective and safe they are in real life. Dr Thomas Caparrotta will study large amounts of data from people using these drugs in the real world, to provide important evidence on their effects. This will help doctors and people with Type 2 diabetes to make decisions about the best treatment for them.

Helpful gut bacteria to treat Type 2 diabetes

Project:
England – London
Status:
Project not available for adoption
Tags:
Healthcare
Type 2
England - London
Project Summary

The community of bacteria that lives in our gut is different in people with and without Type 2 diabetes. Dr Astrid Hauge-Evans will find out if a diet high in wholegrains could alter this bacteria in people with Type 2 diabetes, and in turn protect insulin-producing cells. This could help us find a new diet-based treatment to improve the health of people living with Type 2 diabetes.

Testing blood glucose in a flash

Project:
North West - Manchester
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Healthcare
Type 1
North West
England - North West
Project Summary

Flash Glucose Monitoring gives people with diabetes a simple and painless way to monitor their blood glucose levels. But not everyone who would benefit has access to this life-changing technology. Dr Lalantha Leelarathna will compare the impact and costs of Flash to finger pricks tests in people with Type 1 diabetes. This will provide important evidence that could help make Flash more widely available on the NHS, to transform the lives of people with Type 1 diabetes.

Combining drugs to treat difficult to manage Type 2 diabetes

Project:
Scotland - Aberdeen
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Type 2
Scotland
Innovation
Healthcare
Rare types of diabetes
Project Summary

Lipodystrophy is a condition that causes fat to be stored differently in the liver, muscle and pancreas. This can lead to a form of Type 2 diabetes that is difficult to manage with diet. Dr Justin Rochford and his team want to investigate if medications that are used to treat the two conditions separately could be combined to manage this difficult form of Type 2 diabetes more easily.

Benefits of exercise for Type 2 diabetes

Project:
Midlands - Nottingham
Status:
Project not available for adoption
Tags:
Innovation
England
Midlands
Type 2
Healthcare
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.

Dr Daniel Wilkinson hopes to understand what’s going on inside the body during exercise and why it has positive effects on our health. In the long term, this could help to develop new drugs which also provide these benefits for people with Type 2 diabetes. 

Are Type 2 drugs safe and effective for Type 1?

Project:
Leicester - Midlands
Status:
Project not available for adoption
Tags:
England - Midlands
Type 1
Healthcare
Project Summary

Drugs commonly used to treat Type 2 diabetes - called gliflozins - may also be beneficial for people with Type 1 diabetes. Professor Melanie Davies will find out if these drugs are safe to use, and can help to control blood glucose levels, in people with Type 1. This could offer a new way to help people with Type 1 diabetes improve their blood glucose control. 

Why is exercise good for people with Type 2 diabetes?

Project:
Birmingham, Midlands
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Healthcare
Type 2
Midlands
England
Innovation
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. He’ll look at the direct effects of muscle contraction on insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, to find out exactly why exercise is beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes and how this could be maximised in the future.

Improving diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes in later life

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

In people over the age of 50, diagnosing the type of diabetes can be more difficult. Dr Jones aims to find features and tests that are best able to help diagnose Type 1 diabetes in later life. This could reduce the number of people who are misdiagnosed and ensure people with diabetes avoid receiving inappropriate advice and treatment.

Finding new drugs to treat Type 2 diabetes

Project:
Scotland - Edinburgh
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Healthcare
Type 2
Scotland
Project Summary

Professor Nik Morton wants to know if a drug already used in other health conditions could be used to treat Type 2 diabetes. He’ll also look at how this drug works to lower blood glucose levels. This could lead to a new treatment for Type 2 diabetes that could help to improve people’s blood glucose control and reduce their risk of complications.

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