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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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Understanding the growth of babies during pregnancy in women with Type 1 diabetes

Project:
Eastern - Cambridge
Status:
Project not available for adoption
Tags:
Pregnancy
Project Summary

Women with Type 1 diabetes have a higher risk of having large babies, which can lead to complications during pregnancy. Dr Stewart wants to explore how chemicals involved in metabolism during pregnancy may be linked to this risk.

This could help to improve the management of Type 1 diabetes during pregnancy, and improve the health of pregnant women with Type 1 and their children.

Gut hormones to improve fertility in Type 2 diabetes

Project:
Northern Ireland - Ulster
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Pregnancy
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.

Fatty livers and gestational diabetes

Project:
Midlands - Stoke-on-Trent
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Pregnancy
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.

Developing better ways to watch babies grow during pregnancy

Project:
North West - Manchester
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Pregnancy
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.

Gestational diabetes and the long-term health of offspring

Project:
South East
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Pregnancy
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.

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