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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20 December 2019

Our DiRECT trial continues to build our understanding of how type 2 diabetes develops, and what happens when people go into remission.

The importance of liver fat

Professor Roy Taylor and the team have been studying people who took part in DiRECT – both those who did and didn’t go into remission.

29 November 2019

Our researchers have found hypo unawareness may disrupt blood flow to areas of the brain involved in decision making and attention in people with Type 1 diabetes.

A team at King’s College London, led by Dr Pratik Choudhary, think these changes may be why some people stop being able to feel low blood sugars and treat them.

01 November 2019

Scientists from the UK and Israel will join forces to carry out pioneering research into the relationship between diabetes and ageing. The projects could help people to avoid developing Type 2 diabetes in later life and help people with Type 1 diabetes to stay healthy as they get older.

We’re co-funding new cutting-edge research projects with the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange (BIRAX).

22 October 2019

A group of Diabetes Scotland supporters were invited to visit research labs at University of Edinburgh recently to find out more about Diabetes UK-funded research.

Among the group were some of the charity’s most passionate and dedicated fundraisers. Without this support, we would not be able to fund the ground-breaking research leading us towards better prevention and treatment of diabetes and, eventually, a cure.

18 October 2019

A shoe insole system that raises an alarm about dangerous levels of pressure to the feet could help people with diabetes prevent foot ulcers, new research has shown. 

Researchers funded by Diabetes UK and led by Professor Neil Reeves at Manchester Metropolitan University, ran a clinical trial testing the feedback system to find out if it could help people make changes to avoid potential damage to their feet.

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.

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