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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Your views on diabetic foot ulcers

Subtitle:
Disrupting the vicious cycle of healthcare decline in diabetic foot ulceration through active prevention: The future of self-managed care
Institution:
University of Strathclyde
Location:
UK wide
Tags:
Interview
Dates:
December 2021
March 2022

Researchers at the University of Strathclyde’s School of Social Work and Social Policy are inviting people aged 18 and over, living with diabetes, who are currently experiencing, or have experienced, diabetic foot ulceration to take part in a study exploring self-management of foot ulceration.

How well do healthcare professionals support people with diabetes?

Subtitle:
The development and validation of EMPOWER-UP: a generic scale for measuring empowerment in patient-provider relationships
Institution:
King's College London
Location:
Online study
Tags:
Questionnaire
Dates:
August 2021
March 2022

Researchers at King’s College London would like to recruit people aged 18 years or older with any type of diabetes to take part in a study. The study want to test the usefulness of a questionnaire that measures how well healthcare professionals support people with long-term conditions with the challenges they face in everyday life.

You can find out more about the study and take part on the survey page on the Redcap platform. 

Matching people with diabetes to the right research

Subtitle:
Matching people with diabetes to the right research
Institution:
British Research Panel
Location:
UK-wide
Tags:
Connect with researchers

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.

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.

Improving diabetes management during cancer treatments

Subtitle:
Identifying ways to improve diabetes management during cancer treatments
Institution:
Leeds Beckett University
Location:
UK wide
Tags:
Interview
Dates:
April 2021
June 2022

Researchers at Leeds Beckett University would like to interview people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who are being treated for breast, bowel or prostate cancer, or have been in the past 3 years. This study aims to understand people’s experiences of managing diabetes during cancer treatments. Researchers want to identify ways to best support and help people to manage their diabetes whilst they undergo treatments for cancer.

The impact of long covid on people with diabetes

Subtitle:
Exploring the Impact of Long Covid on the Health of the Adult Population Living with Diabetes in Northern Ireland: A Quantitative Survey
Institution:
Ulster University
Location:
Northern Ireland
Tags:
Questionnaire
Dates:
February 2022
June 2022

Researchers at Ulster University would like to recruit people to take part in a study exploring the impact of long Covid on people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland.

This study is for people living with diabetes, aged 18 years and over, who have symptoms of long Covid (symptoms for more than 4 weeks after being diagnosed with Covid-19).

Help BEAT diabetes by taking part in research

Subtitle:
Helping people with diabetes get involved in a wide range of NHS research opportunities including patient and public involvement, questionnaires, focus groups and clinical trials
Institution:
NIHR Clinical Research Network Greater Manchester and North West Coast
Location:
In and around north-west England
Tags:
Connect with researchers
Dates:
January 2020
January 2025

People with diabetes aged 18+ can register their details with Research for the Future to receive information about local NHS diabetes research opportunities. It’s free to join and doesn’t commit you to take part in any studies. 

What's it like finding out you have type 1 diabetes?

Subtitle:
Finding out you have Type 1 Diabetes: a Qualitative Study into the Experiences of Children and Young People
Institution:
University College London
Location:
Online study
Tags:
Interview Questionnaire
Dates:
October 2021
April 2022

Researchers at UCL would like to recruit young people of secondary school age (11-17 years) who were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in between January 2018 - February 2020. They want to understand how young people experience being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and whether it has an impact on their mental health.

Co-designing type 1 technologies

Subtitle:
Co-Designing Technologies for Predicting Health Risks in Diabetes Care
Institution:
University of Bristol
Location:
Online study
Tags:
Interview Questionnaire
Dates:
December 2021
March 2022

Researchers at University of Bristol would like to recruit people with type 1 diabetes, aged 18-25, and people caring for an adolescent or young person with type 1 diabetes to take part in a study that is aiming to co-design predictive technologies for type 1 diabetes, such as tech that can predict high blood sugar levels and offer self-management advice.

Dietary choices and blood sugar levels

Subtitle:
Evaluation of the perception of foods containing pulses for improved glycaemic control in people with and without diabetes
Institution:
King's College London
Location:
Online study
Tags:
Questionnaire
Dates:
June 2021
December 2022

Researchers at King’s College London are recruiting adults living with diabetes to take part in a survey that's looking at dietary preferences and the perception of foods containing legumes and pulses.

The researchers hope to use insights from their study to develop new foods that help people with diabetes to manage blood sugar levels after a meal.

You can take part in the survey online or contact Dr Ana Pinto at ana_margarida.pinto@kcl.ac.uk for more information. 

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