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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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Follicular helper T cells: are they an indication of Type 1 diabetes?

Project:
London
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Prevention
Towards a cure
Partnership
Project Summary

Professor Lucy Walker and her colleagues have found that a specific type of immune cell – called the follicular helper T cell – can trigger Type 1 diabetes in mice, and is more common in people with Type 1 diabetes.

The team now aims to understand exactly how follicular helper T cells cause Type 1 diabetes, and they will test new strategies to stop this from happening. They will test whether follicular helper T cells can be used as an early indication of the autoimmune response in Type 1 diabetes.

Can self-management therapies help with chronic pain?

Project:
London
Status:
Project available for adoption
Tags:
Complications
Partnership
Project Summary

Current treatment options for chronic pain in diabetes (also called painful diabetic neuropathy) are not very effective. A PhD student in Professor McCracken’s lab will investigate whether self-management strategies that focus around psychology could be used to manage pain better.

If successful, it will form a base for developing psychological therapies for people with painful diabetic neuropathy.

A new ADDRESS for Type 1 trial recruitment

Project:
London
Status:
Project not available for adoption
Tags:
Project Summary

Professor Desmond Johnston and his team will work closely with researchers across the UK to increase the value of ADDRESS (the After Diabetes Diagnosis Research Support System), which helps to recruit people newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and their families into trials of new immune therapies. 

Can combinations of gut hormones treat Type 2 diabetes?

Project:
London
Status:
Project is fully funded
Tags:
Remission
Partnership
Project Summary

Obesity is the biggest risk factor of Type 2 diabetes, and bariatric surgery is currently an effective treatment. A rise in the levels of particular gut hormones are seen following surgery, and Dr Salem has found that the beneficial effects of the surgery can be replicated using the gut hormones alone in animal models.

During her fellowship, Dr Salem plans to explore the underlying biology of how gut hormones effectively treat diabetes and obesity, to inform the development of combination hormone treatments that could result in diabetes remission and sustained weight loss.

New NHS teams for Type 1 vaccine trials

Project:
Wales - Cardiff
Status:
Project is fully funded
Tags:
Prevention
Towards a cure
Partnership
Project Summary

Professor Colin Dayan and his team will work to set up, train and maintain a network of 15 Type 1 vaccine research teams across the UK, who will help recruit for and run clinical trials of the new therapies. They will also help train the doctors and researchers who will lead trials of new immune therapies in the future.

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