Take part in a research study

Diabetes research can’t happen without the help of people living with diabetes.

You can play a vital role by taking part in a research study or trial.

Scientists need your help to prevent diabetes, find new treatments, improve care, and ultimately, stop diabetes in its tracks.

But before new treatments can benefit people living with diabetes, they must be carefully tested to work out if they're safe, what the side effects are and whether they're better than treatments we already have. By volunteering to take part, you could play a crucial part in the fight for a world where diabetes can do no harm.

You can get involved in research at any time, but did you know many clinical trials testing new treatments to stop Type 1 diabetes in its tracks can only recruit people within the first six months of their diagnosis?

  • ADDRESS-2 is meeting the challenge and recruiting people with Type 1 diabetes to clinical trials pioneering new immunotherapies to slow or stop Type 1 in its tracks.
  • The Type 1 diabetes Immunotherapy Consortium (T1D UK) brings together researchers from across the UK to run trials that develop and test new immunotherapies.
  • TrialNet is an international network of leading academic institutions, scientists and healthcare teams dedicated to the prevention of Type 1 diabetes, by working with both people living with Type 1 diabetes and their families.

Whether it's a clinical trial, an interview or a questionnaire, research breakthroughs can only happen with your support. 

We list opportunities for getting involved here. 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. 

All clinical trials are reviewed to ensure they are fair to participants and have the necessary ethical approval before advertising on this page. 

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Finding out more about kidney complications of diabetes

Subtitle:
Finding out more about kidney complications of diabetes
Institution:
Royal Derby Hospital
Location:
England - Midlands
Tags:
Clinical trial
Dates:
July 2019
August 2019

Researchers at the Royal Derby Hospital would like to recruit people living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes to find out more about the risks linked to diabetes-related kidney disease. Taking part will involve one visit to the hospital to have body measurements taken, such as height and weight, as well as to give a small blood and urine sample. To take part, you mustn’t already have kidney disease.

For more information, please contact Mrs Sam Hussain: Samia.hussain4@nhs.net

 

Healthcare professionals and cyber victimisation

Subtitle:
Healthcare professionals and cyber victimisation
Institution:
National Centre for Cyberstalking Research
Location:
UK-wide
Tags:
Questionnaire

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.

If you are interested in taking part, contact NCCR@beds.ac.uk for information.

Helping young people with Type 1 diabetes produce their own insulin - USTEKID trial

Subtitle:
Helping young people with Type 1 diabetes produce their own insulin - USTEKID trial
Institution:
Cardiff and Swansea Universities
Location:
Wales - Cardiff and Swansea
Tags:
Clinical trial
Dates:
December 2018
December 2022

Type 1 diabetes is caused by the body's own immune system damaging the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. Researchers at Cardiff and Swansea Universities would like to develop a treatment that can slow this process down, by targeting the immune cells causing the damage.

Is there a link between perfectionism and Type 1 diabetes distress?

Subtitle:
Is there a link between perfectionism and Type 1 diabetes distress?
Institution:
University of East Anglia
Location:
England - South East
Tags:
Questionnaire
Dates:
April 2019
October 2019

Setting goals can be helpful in managing Type 1 diabetes but some people may feel they need to be ‘perfect’ in looking after their condition and can worry about making a mistake, leading to distress. At the moment there’s very little research on whether there’s a link between perfectionism and diabetes-related distress. Researchers at the University of East Anglia would like people with Type 1 diabetes to help them understand more by completing an online questionnaire, with the aim of improving support and treatment services for diabetes distress in the future.

Mindfulness, self-efficacy and Type 2 diabetes self-care

Subtitle:
Mindfulness, self-efficacy and Type 2 diabetes self-care
Institution:
Staffordshire University
Location:
England - Midlands
Tags:
Questionnaire
Dates:
October 2018
June 2019

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.

Studies for children and young people with diabetes

Subtitle:
Studies for children and young people with diabetes
Institution:
British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
Location:
UK-wide
Tags:
Clinical trial Connect with researchers Questionnaire Interview

 

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 research opportunities in North West London

Subtitle:
Discover research opportunities in North West London
Institution:
North West London
Location:
England - London
Tags:
Connect with researchers

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.

The role of online forums in empowering people with Type 2 diabetes

Subtitle:
The role of online forums in empowering people with Type 2 diabetes
Institution:
University of Sheffield
Location:
England - Northern & Yorkshire
Tags:
Interview
Dates:
May 2019
September 2019

Researchers at the University of Sheffield would like to interview people with Type 2 diabetes who’ve used or are currently using online forums to help manage their condition. This includes posting in forums or simply reading them to find information. The research team would like to develop a better understanding of users’ needs from online forums, and provide evidence for healthcare professionals to adapt the use of them in the future.

How do fibre and protein affect blood sugar and appetite?

Subtitle:
How do fibre and protein affect blood sugar and appetite?
Institution:
Imperial College London
Location:
England - London
Tags:
Clinical trial
Dates:
June 2019
March 2021

Researchers at Imperial College London would like to find out how different types of fibre and protein in our diets affects blood sugar levels and appetite. They are looking for people with Type 2 diabetes, aged 18-70, who are not taking insulin and are South Asian or white European. The study involves seven visits to Hammersmith Hospital, where participants will eat a meal and have a series of blood samples taken over three hours. 

Understanding beta-cell destruction through the study of EXtremely Early-onset Type 1 diabetes (EXE-T1D)

Subtitle:
Understanding beta-cell destruction through the study of EXtremely Early-onset Type 1 diabetes (EXE-T1D)
Institution:
University of Exeter Medical School
Location:
England - South West
Tags:
Clinical trial
Dates:
March 2018
November 2020

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 one. 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.

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