Research Round-Up

Find out the latest from the world of diabetes research – news, new projects, updates and blogs from researchers.

Diabetes UK research spotlights

Some highlights from the diabetes research projects we are funding. You can also browse and search our full directory of research projects.

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Meet our researchers

Meet some of the researchers, PhD students and fellows who are undertaking diabetes research with funding from Diabetes UK, and find out more about their work.

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Diabetes research blog

The Diabetes UK Research team bring you the latest news and views on our funded research, as well as responses to media stories about diabetes research, while our guest bloggers take you behind the scenes of their own research.

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Our research's impact

Have a look at the breakthroughts that have been made, and the impact we've had, over the last 80 years.

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18 September 2019

New research has revealed that signs of being at high risk of Type 2 diabetes can be spotted in children as young as 8 years old, often decades before a diagnosis.<

Changes to our genes can increase our chances of developing Type 2 diabetes, with around 500 genes linked to a higher risk.

28 June 2019

New research we’ve funded has reversed scientists’ previous understanding of how Type 2 diabetes develops in black African people.

Scientists currently believe that Type 2 diabetes develops because the body stops responding properly to the insulin it produces over time. This is called insulin resistance.

09 June 2019

Scientists have shown that a new treatment can slow down the immune attack that causes Type 1 diabetes, delaying the point at which someone is diagnosed with the condition. 

The findings are the first to show that a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes can be delayed in some people for a median (a way of calculating the average) of two years.

08 May 2019

We’re delighted to announce our continued commitment to revolutionise the treatment of Type 1 diabetes, by awarding £490,000 – in partnership with JDRF – to fund the next generation of immunotherapy research.

Immunotherapies are treatments designed to retrain the immune system to stop or prevent the immune attack that causes Type 1 diabete

15 April 2019

Our scientists have new evidence to suggest that Type 2 diabetes leads to a smaller increase in the risk of cardiovascular disease for women today than it has done in the past.

Funded by Diabetes UK, researchers at the University of Manchester studied data from almost 80,000 people who were newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes. They looked for differences between men and women in relation to their risk of having a heart problem such as a heart attack or stroke.

11 April 2019

Researchers at the University of Exeter developed a simple test that can improve diabetes diagnosis. Their work has now been recognised for the outstanding contribution it has made to diabetes care.

Scientists at the University of Exeter were runners-up this week for the Guardian’s award for research impact.

01 April 2019

Our scientists at the University of Cambridge are world-leaders in the development of the artificial pancreas for Type 1 diabetes

Many people in hospitals can’t get all of the nutrition they need through a regular diet, and they instead rely on a feeding tube or a drip into their blood stream.

08 March 2019

Our Professional Conference has just drawn to a close. It was an action packed three days, where more than 3,000 healthcare professionals and researchers got together to share the latest diabetes knowledge and science. 

A spotlight on DIRECT and Type 2 diabetes remission
22 February 2019

Our scientists have discovered blood taken from people who have had weight loss surgery can help the pancreas to work properly again, shedding new light on why surgery can

Weight loss, or bariatric, surgery can be effective at putting Type 2 diabetes into remission in around 30-60% of people who have it.

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