Diabetes research would not be possible without the support of people with diabetes.
You can play a vital role by taking part in a research study or trial.
Why we need clinical trials
Before new treatments can be used to help people with diabetes, they must be carefully tested to determine their safety and effectiveness. Clinical trials rely on volunteers to help them work out if treatments are safe, what the side effects are and whether they are more effective than existing treatments. By taking part in trials, you could play an important role in helping to prevent diabetes, to develop new and better treatments, or to find a potential cure.
Things to consider
If you would like to take part in a clinical trial, you should always consult your healthcare team and speak to the healthcare professionals involved in the study.
You should be aware that there may be adverse side effects or disadvantages when participating in research or trials. Find out more about what it's like to take part in medical research by listening to those who have already done it at HealthTalkOnline.
UK Clinical Trials Gateway
If you would like to find clinical trials in which you might be able to take part, the UK Clinical Trials Gateway can help. They offer guidance on how trials work and can connect you to researchers running trials that you might be interested in.
To find out what trials are currently underway for diabetes, please access the gateway here. We are keen to find out whether you found the gateway helpful, so please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback.
Diabetes research trial opportunities
We list current opportunities for getting involved here. The list is provided for information purposes only and should not be treated as advice or a recommendation for participation in any of the studies.
All clinical trials are reviewed to ensure they are fair to participants and have the necessary ethical approval before advertising on this page.
Studies for people with Type 1 diabetes
Researchers at the University of Sheffield would like parent(s) who have a child with Type 1 diabetes (under the age of 18 and living in the UK) to take part in a study to understand their experiences parenting a child with a long-term health condition. Taking part will firstly involve answering an online questionnaire. Participants will then be randomly allocated into one of two sides of the study: a trial to help develop an effective online intervention to help parents feel supported and better equipped to help their child manage their diabetes, OR a study exploring how parenting style links to quality of life for their child. You will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 Amazon vouchers for taking part.
Researchers at Leeds Beckett University would like people with Type 1 diabetes to take part in a study investigating whether taking omega-3 supplements can improve blood sugar management around meal-times. They are looking for adults aged 18-65 years who manage their Type 1 diabetes using insulin injections or a CSII (insulin pump).
For more information, please contact Lauren O’Mahoney. Email: L.Omahoney@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or call +44 (0)113 8122059.
Understanding beta-cell destruction through the study of EXtremely Early-onset Type 1 diabetes (EXE-T1D)
University of Exeter Medical School is interested in understanding the cause of extremely early onset Type 1 diabetes when the immune system is not yet fully developed. They would like to recruit people of any age up to 70 years, diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes before the age of 1 year old. The trial will involve giving consent to the researchers to access health information from your clinician about your diabetes and family history. A nurse will also collect blood samples (and optional urine sample) taken at a location of your choice, such as at home or your local clinic. They will measure the levels of insulin, antibodies and immune cells from the sample(s). For participants aged under 18 months, a second appointment and sample collection will be arranged 2 years later.
For more information, contact Suzie Hammersley: email@example.com Tel: 07766 606282.
Researchers at the University of Cardiff are looking for young people, aged 12-19 years, with Type 1 diabetes to take part in a study about shared-decision making during doctors' appointments. Participants will be asked to take part in an interview, which can take place over the phone or in person, and will last around one hour. The researchers are offering participants a £20 Love2Shop voucher for taking part. From this researchers hope to develop a way of helping adolescents get more involved in decisions about their own health care.
For information, contact Amber Jordan at JordanA3@cardiff.ac.uk or call 029 2068 7643.
Studies for people with Type 2 diabetes
Researchers at the University of Surrey would like to understand any links between alcohol consumption, lifestyle behaviours and the wellbeing of people with Type 2 diabetes. Taking part will involve answering an anonymous online survey around these topics, which should take 20 minutes to complete, and participants will be eligible to enter a prize draw to win one of 10 £20 Love2Shop vouchers. The researchers hope that the answers to the survey will help personalise the advice given to people with Type 2 diabetes in the future.
Researchers at Staffordshire University would like adults with Type 2 diabetes to fill in their survey exploring whether there are any links between mindfulness, self-efficacy and diabetes self-care behaviours. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete and participants will be entered into a prize draw to win a £30 Amazon voucher.
Researchers at King’s College London would like adults with Type 2 diabetes who currently smoke to take part in a focus group. They’d like to hear whether you feel you could quit smoking, what would motivate you to do so and what you think are the best ways to be supported in quitting. The small, researcher-led focus groups will take place in London and will last no longer than 90 minutes. To say thank you, all participants will receive a £20 One4All voucher for taking part.
For more information, contact Dr Mairtin McDermott: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07396531851.
Researchers at King’s College London are interested in understanding the effect of self-compassion on the wellbeing of adults living with Type 2 diabetes. This relates to dealing with pain or failure by showing kindness, care and concern toward yourself. Taking part involves three online questionnaires spread over the course of a year to see how your experiences change over time. For more information, please visit the study website or contact Aysenur Kilic: email@example.com.
Studies for people with any type of diabetes
Researchers across the country are looking for people living with diabetes to take part in their research. Meanwhile, people with diabetes are also looking for projects to take part in, but it can be difficult to find a match. That’s where the British Research Panel comes in: matching scientists to people with diabetes. It’s free to join and doesn’t commit you to take part in any studies. They’ll let you know when a relevant clinical trial is happening close to where you live. Go to www.britishresearchpanel.co.uk to find out more and register.
It’s really important that young people and families have opportunities to take part in research. A portfolio of studies currently underway and looking to recruit people across the UK can be found on the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes website.
Families interested in taking part in any of the studies can contact the relevant research teams provided within the descriptions.
Discover is a register of adults living in North West London who are interested in and want to find out more about health research opportunities. The register is for both healthy people and those with a medical condition. Research could relate to any condition, including diabetes, and can range from answering surveys to having your blood tested, to testing new medical devices or phone apps, and participating in clinical trials. If you are registered to a GP in Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea or Westminster you’re able to join Discover. With your help, we can improve healthcare services in North West London and beyond, and find better ways to treat and prevent illness and disease.
Researchers at the University of Oxford would like women living with diabetes, aged 18 or over and are currently pregnant or have given birth in the last year to take part in a telephone interview. The team want to assess whether existing health and well-being questionnaires capture what is important to women living with long term conditions during pregnancy, or those who have recently given birth. To say thank you, participants will receive a £30 high street voucher for taking part.
For information please contact: Dr Laura Kelly by telephone on 01865 289425 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Researchers at the University of Manchester would like people aged 18 or over with diabetes who live in central or Greater Manchester, and have been feeling low for the last 2 weeks (or longer) to take part in their study. They're testing an approach to help people move a little and often, and avoid sitting still or lying down for long periods of time during the day. For more info or to get involved, email Isabel Adeyemi: email@example.com or phone 01612757664.
Understanding the experiences of people living with multiple long-term physical health conditions alongside a mental health condition
Researchers at the University of Exeter are interested in how people who have more than one long-term physical health condition (such as diabetes), alongside a mental health condition (such as anxiety or depression), view, prioritise and manage their different health conditions. They hope to develop an understanding of any barriers in seeking help for mental health conditions, when they may also have physical health conditions. Taking part involves a questionnaire and an interview, which could take place face-to-face or via Skype.
For more information, contact Charlotte Donegan or firstname.lastname@example.org phone 07791380462.
Researchers at the University of Leeds would like to recruit people with any type of long-term health condition, including diabetes, to take part in a study that aims to understand medication use - how people respond to taking it, how it affects them, and how people deal with it on a day-to-day basis. Taking part involves completing two online surveys with questions around these topics. This will help researchers develop new treatments aiming to support people living with long-term health conditions such as diabetes.
For more information, please contact Dr Anthony Harrison: email@example.com
Researchers at the University of Exeter would like to recruit adults diagnosed with diabetes in the last 12 months, and aged 18 to 50 at diagnosis OR aged over 50 and on insulin treatment, to take part in the StartRight study. The study aims to help people who are recently diagnosed with diabetes to get the right diagnosis of what type of diabetes they have. The study is recruiting at approx 50 hospital & community sites across England and Wales. Go here to see the site locations.
For information, please contact the study team: rde-tr.DiabetesResearch@nhs.net.
Researchers at the National Centre for Cyberstalking Research (NCCR) would like to speak to people aged 18 or older, living with any type of chronic condition and residing in the UK. They’re examining the impact of cyber victimisation (cyberharassment, cyberstalking, cyber disability hate incidents) on people living with chronic conditions or disabilities.
Studies for diabetes healthcare professionals
Researchers at the National Centre for Cyberstalking Research (NCCR) would like to recruit GPs in the UK to take part in a study, to examine their perceptions on the impact cyber victimisation (cyberharassment, cyberstalking, cyber disability hate incidents) has on people living with chronic conditions or disabilities.
Researchers at the University of Huddersfield would like to interview GPs in the North of England to understand perceptions and attitudes towards prescribing diabetes medicines to people living with Type 2 diabetes. They’d also like to understand the impact of NICE prescribing guidelines on clinical practice. The researchers will travel to a place convenient for you to take part in the interview, and are offering Amazon gift vouchers as a thank you.
For more information, contact Sara Ramzan: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07453 183 186.
Diabetes UK accepts no responsibility for participation in any research or clinical trial and is therefore not liable for any claims (except in respect of death or personal injury caused by Diabetes UK’s negligence) that might arise during the course of research.