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.

6 results found

6 results found

Encouraging women with gestational diabetes to stay active

Project:
Scotland - Edinburgh
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Pregnancy
Scotland
Other
Project Summary

Gestational diabetes, which develops during pregnancy and usually disappears after giving birth, can be dangerous for the mother and baby if blood glucose levels aren’t kept under control. Physical activity is a good strategy for controlling blood glucose levels.

Dr Jepson would like to develop a feasible and sustainable way of helping women with gestational diabetes to be more active. If successful, this could improve the health of mothers with gestational diabetes and their babies.

Gut hormones to improve fertility in Type 2 diabetes

Project:
Northern Ireland - Ulster
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Pregnancy
Northern Ireland
Type 2
Project Summary

Obesity and Type 2 diabetes can reduce fertility in women. Some women can regain their ability to have children after having gastric bypass surgery, but this doesn’t work for everyone. Dr Moffett wants to understand how infertility develops in people with obesity and Type 2 diabetes, and how it could be reversed.

Reducing calories in gestational diabetes

Project:
Eastern - Cambridge
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Pregnancy
Other
England - Eastern
Eastern
Project Summary

Gestational diabetes affects pregnant women and can cause complications throughout pregnancy and birth. It’s linked to mothers being overweight or obese, and can increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life for both the mother and child.

Dr Claire Meek believes that reducing calories during pregnancy could improve the management of gestational diabetes, delivery of the baby and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes in the future. 

Fatty livers and gestational diabetes

Project:
Midlands - Stoke-on-Trent
Status:
Project not available for adoption
Tags:
Pregnancy
Midlands
England
Type 2
Other
Project Summary

Gestational diabetes can increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes in later life, as can high levels of fat in the liver. Dr Hanna is testing a screening programme, to see if women with gestational diabetes and high levels of fat in the liver are at a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes overall. If so, this group of women could be supported to reduce their risk.

Gestational diabetes and the long-term health of offspring

Project:
South East
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
South East
England
Pregnancy
Other
Project Summary

Professor Lillycrop is studying the genes of babies from mothers with and without gestational diabetes, to look for specific genetic changes that come about as a result of gestational diabetes.

She hopes to find out whether those genetic changes have an impact on the long-term health of the babies, and whether treatments to prevent the changes to genes from happening can be developed.

Developing better ways to watch babies grow during pregnancy

Project:
North West - Manchester
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Pregnancy
North West
England
Type 1 and Type 2
Project Summary

Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes in women is linked to babies growing smaller or larger than usual during pregnancy, which can lead to dangerous complications.

Dr Myers wants to develop a more accurate way to monitor a baby’s growth during pregnancy, so that any changes can be found earlier on. This could help to prevent complications during pregnancy and improve the long-term health of the babies in the future.

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