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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Combining drugs to treat difficult to manage Type 2 diabetes

Project:
Scotland - Aberdeen
Status:
Project available for adoption
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Type 2
Scotland
Innovation
Healthcare
Rare types of diabetes
Project Summary

Lipodystrophy is a condition that causes fat to be stored differently in the liver, muscle and pancreas. This can lead to a form of Type 2 diabetes that is difficult to manage with diet. Dr Justin Rochford and his team want to investigate if medications that are used to treat the two conditions separately could be combined to manage this difficult form of Type 2 diabetes more easily.

Monogenic diabetes and pancreatic tumours

Project:
London
Status:
Project not available for adoption
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Other
London
England
Rare types of diabetes
Project Summary

Dr Iacovazzo is studying a rare type of diabetes that occurs at the same time as tumours appear in the pancreas. Previous research has found a specific genetic mutation that may be behind this condition, and this study aims to confirm whether this is the case.

If successful, this project will improve our understanding of this rare condition and help to identify people at risk of developing it.

A potential treatment for extreme insulin resistance

Project:
Eastern - Cambridge
Status:
Project available for adoption
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Other
South East
England
Eastern
Rare types of diabetes
Project Summary

Dr Robert Semple and his team will develop and evaluate the potential of proteins called antibodies for treating people with a type of extreme insulin resistance caused by rare genetic changes.

They will also develop a diagnostic screening test that will identify people that are likely to respond to the therapeutic antibody treatment.

Improving the treatment of neonatal diabetes

Project:
Exeter
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Rare types of diabetes
Other
South West
England
Project Summary

Neonatal diabetes is a rare condition that can be caused by a mutation in a gene called KCNJ11, and is treated with sulphonylurea tablets. Dr Bowman plans to investigate the safety and effectiveness of sulphonylureas in more detail than has been carried out to date, to improve the treatment that people living with this condition receive.

Getting the diagnosis right for people with rare types of diabetes

Project:
Exeter, South West
Status:
Project has less than a year to run, but can still be adopted
Tags:
Rare types of diabetes
England - South West
South West
Project Summary

Monogenic diabetes is a rare type of diabetes caused by a mutation in a single gene. Current tests aren’t able to detect low levels of these mutations, meaning some people with monogenic diabetes aren’t being spotted. Dr Matthew Johnson will use state-of-the-art genetic technologies to develop a new, improved screening method to help more people with monogenic diabetes get the right diagnosis.

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