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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Ancient medicine to treat infected foot ulcers

Project:
Midlands - Warwick
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Midlands
Type 1 and Type 2
Complications
Project Summary

Infections in foot ulcers can be hard to treat and don’t always respond to antibiotics. If this happens, they can result in amputations or sepsis.

Dr Freya Harrison wants to find new types of antibiotics that could be used to effectively treat infections in foot ulcers. In the future, this could improve the quality of people with diabetes’ lives and reduce the number of amputations.

Keeping kidney cells talking

Project:
Midlands - Lincoln
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Complications
Type 1 and Type 2
Midlands
Project Summary

Dr Hills wants to understand why kidney cells can’t function properly in people with diabetes. She’ll be looking at how high glucose levels, combined with a specific stress molecule, change the behaviour of kidney cells. This study could help to identify new drugs to prevent or treat kidney disease in the future.

Finding new ways to stop diabetes-related kidney damage

Project:
Midlands - Lincoln
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Complications
Midlands
England
Type 1 and Type 2
Project Summary

Many people with diabetes experience nephropathy – a condition that is the leading cause of end-stage kidney disease. We know that high levels of glucose can damage kidney cells, and Professor Squires hopes to find ways to stop or prevent this damage from happening. These could be developed into treatments for diabetes-related nephropathy in the future.

Finding new treatments for diabetic foot ulcers

Project:
Birmingham
Status:
Project not available for adoption
Tags:
Complications
England
Midlands
Type 1 and Type 2
England - Midlands
Project Summary

Diabetic foot ulcers are a common complication of diabetes. Dr Wang will study a new type of dressing that could be used to speed up wound healing and stop infections in foot ulcers. This could lead to better foot ulcer treatments and improve the quality of life for people with diabetes.

How does the kidney cell environment change in diabetes?

Project:
Midlands - Lincoln
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
England - Midlands
Type 1 and Type 2
Midlands
Complications
Project Summary

Recent studies suggest that glucose levels and stress molecules can change cell surroundings, disrupting the kidney cells’ ability to talk to each other. Professor Squires would like to understand how high glucose levels and stress molecules do this in the kidney and why it leads to kidney disease.

This study will help us understand how kidney disease develops and inform the future development of new treatments.

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