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.

Find a research project

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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Why do blood vessels in the kidneys narrow?

Project:
Scotland - Edinburgh
Status:
Project available for adoption
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Type 1 and Type 2
Scotland
Complications
Project Summary

People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing kidney disease, but we don’t fully understand how it develops. Professor Matthew Bailey wants to study a specific molecule, called P2X7R, to see if it’s responsible for the narrowing of the small blood vessels at the early stages of kidney disease. This research would help us to better understand how kidney disease develops, so we can find new ways to treat it.

Speeding up wound healing in diabetic foot ulcers

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

Scientists know that levels of a particular protein (called PTP1B) found in immune cells are higher in diabetic foot ulcers. Professor Delibegovic will find out if reducing the activity of PTP1B can speed up the healing process in foot ulcers.

This research could lead to the development of new treatments and reduce the risk of lower-limb amputations.

Harnessing genetic information to understand Type 1 diabetes and its complications

Project:
Scotland - Edinburgh
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Type 1
Scotland
Complications
Project Summary

Professor Helen Colhoun and her team will look for specific genes involved in Type 1 diabetes and its complications, to provide insight into the complex pathways involved. This will help to develop new therapies for Type 1 diabetes that aim to target those pathways. 

Improving methods for catching complications early

Project:
Edinburgh, Scotland
Status:
Project not available for adoption
Tags:
Complications
Type 2
Scotland
Project Summary

People with Type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of developing vascular complications that include cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and retinopathy. This project aims to determine whether changes to vessels in the retina (the light-sensitive area at the back of the eye) could be used as an indicator of diabetes-related complications well before symptoms appear, therefore predicting a person’s risk.

If successful, this non-invasive screening method could reduce the prevalence of the debilitating complications that people with Type 2 diabetes can experience.

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