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

Project:
Scotland - Edinburgh
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Healthcare
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 available for adoption
Tags:
Healthcare
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.

Exploring blood glucose control in Type 1 diabetes

Project:
Scotland - Edinburgh
Status:
Project is fully funded
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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.

Why is exercise good for people with Type 2 diabetes?

Project:
Birmingham, Midlands
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Healthcare
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.

Benefits of exercise for Type 2 diabetes

Project:
Midlands - Nottingham
Status:
Project not available for adoption
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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. 

Finding new drugs to treat Type 2 diabetes

Project:
Scotland - Edinburgh
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Healthcare
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.

Improving support for people with mental illness & diabetes

Project:
Northern and Yorkshire - York
Status:
Project not available for adoption
Tags:
Healthcare
Project Summary

Living with diabetes can have a real psychological impact on people, but very little is known about how much it affects people that are already living with a mental illness.

This study will help us to understand the true impact of diabetes on people that have a mental illness, and identify better ways to support these individuals in the future.

Metformin and Type 2 genetics

Project:
Scotland - Dundee
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Healthcare
Project Summary

Metformin is one of the most commonly used drugs to treat Type 2 diabetes, but it’s only effective in two thirds of people and we don’t know why. Dr Sutherland wants to study the genetics of people with Type 2 diabetes, to see if it’s possible to predict whether treatment with metformin will be effective. This way, we could improve the strategies for personalising Type 2 diabetes therapies in the future.

Improving prescriptions for people from ethnic minorities

Project:
London
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Healthcare
Project Summary

People from South Asian and Black Caribbean backgrounds are at a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes, and it appears that they may also have more difficulty controlling blood glucose levels and avoiding complications.

Dr Sophie Eastwood wants to compare different medications for people with Type 2 diabetes from European, South Asian and African Caribbean origin. She hopes to find the treatments that work best for South Asian and Black Caribbean people, to help them control their blood glucose levels.

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