Our research spotlights focus on our biggest and most exciting areas of research.
To explore of all of our research across the UK, head to Our research projects.
Our research impact
We awarded our largest ever research grant to find out if weight management, including a low-calorie diet, can help people put their type 2 diabetes into remission.
The Consortium’s ambition is to make the first immunotherapy for type 1 diabetes available. This would represent a major shift in the way we combat type 1 diabetes, moving us towards treating its cause – an immune system attack.
We've backed research to develop the artificial pancreas since the beginning. Find out how it works and the latest research developments.
We're supporting a range of innovative research projects to tackle this devastating complication and transform treatments.
We're finding better ways to prevent and treat foot complications. Because without the right treatment, people with diabetes can develop foot ulcers, infections and, at worst, need to have amputations.
Islet transplants can be life changing for some people with type 1 diabetes. Our scientists are working to make them better and more widely available.
The big research questions
There isn’t a cure for diabetes right now. But our scientists across the UK are working hard in the lab and pushing boundaries to one day get us there. Find out the latest.
Immunotherapy targets the immune system to prevent or halt type 1 diabetes. We're funding research that's taking us closer to making these treatments a reality.
Our immune system normally protects us against infection and illness. But in type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. Scientists are working hard to find out what causes this to happen.
We can spot people who have a higher risk of developing type 1 diabetes by looking at their genes or signals from their immune system. Scientists hope that new treatments, called immunotherapies, can give us a way to intervene and halt the early stages of the type 1 immune attack to prevent, or at least delay, a diagnosis.
Shining a light on research gaps
We've spoken to thousands of people whose lives are affected by diabetes. They told us that too often the emotional and mental support they need is missing, and scientists are joining the fight to change this.
Our groundbreaking research is helping us to identify and protect against the complications of diabetes. But we know there are certain groups of people who can be at particularly high risk of developing complications. We're funding research to help make sure no one falls between the cracks.