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Take part in diabetes research

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.

Diabetes researchers at King's College

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 research@diabetes.org.uk 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

Transferring the responsibility of managing Type 1 diabetes from parent to child

Researchers at the London School of Economics are interested in the role of family dynamics and factors that might affect the transfer of responsibilities from parent(s) to child, in the child’s Type 1 diabetes management. They would like to recruit parents and children from the same family, where the child has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes by the age of 10 and is now grown up (20 years and above), to reflect on their experiences. Taking part will involve face-to-face interviews in London.
 
To sign up, or for more information please contact Miss Candy Gan C.Y.Gan@lse.ac.uk

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

University of Exeter Medical School are 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 trained 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 these blood and urine samples. For participants aged less than 18 months, a second appointment and sample collection will be arranged 2 years later.

For more information, please contact: Suzie Hammersley: suzannehammersley@nhs.net Tel: 07766 606282. 

The relationship between insulin use and eating attitudes and behaviour in adults with Type 1 diabetes

Researchers at the University of East Anglia are interested in why people with Type 1 diabetes might not take their insulin exactly as prescribed. They would like to recruit people aged 18 or older with Type 1 diabetes, who live in the UK, read English fluently and have been prescribed an insulin regime for at least one year to take part in the study. The researchers are particularly interested in eating attitudes and behaviours, how you feel about your body, and any distress experienced as a result of having diabetes. The research will involve completing an online, anonymous questionnaire. Upon completion of the questionnaire, all participants will have the option to enter into a prize draw to win a £25 amazon.co.uk voucher.

For information, visit the study page or contact Victoria Matthews at v.matthews@uea.ac.uk.

The role of time perspective in self-care in emerging adults with Type 1 diabetes

Researchers at University of Brighton would like to recruit people aged 18-25 years, diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at least 12 months ago to take part in a study. The researchers are interested in the role of ‘time perspective’ – the extent to which we think about our past, present and future, and how it influences self-care activities. This has been shown to predict many health choices people make, but little is known about how it might influence self-care in Type 1 diabetes. To take part in this study, participants will be required to complete a questionnaire. In doing so, participants can request to be entered into a prize draw for a £20 Amazon voucher.
 
To take part, visit the survey website. For more information, contact Elaine Sharp at es136@brighton.ac.uk, or call 01273 641918. 

Young people and shared-decision making

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 decision about their own health care.

For information please contact Amber Jordan at JordanA3@cardiff.ac.uk or call 029 2068 7643

The history of Type 1 diabetes treatment

Researchers at the University of Strathclyde are studying the history of Type 1 diabetes. They would like to recruit people with Type 1 diabetes and practitioners involved in the treatment (including those now retired) to take part in an interview. Participants will answer questions about their lives, their experiences with Type 1 diabetes, and their attitudes to medicine and health more generally. The research will examine the way insulin therapy changed from the mid-twentieth century as people with diabetes became more involved in making decisions about their condition.

For information please contact Stuart.bradwel@strath.ac.uk

Omega-3 supplements in Type 1

Researchers at Leeds Beckett University would like to recruit adults with Type 1 diabetes to take part in a study investigating whether taking omega-3 supplements can improve blood glucose management around meal-times. They are looking for men and women aged between 18 and 65 years treated using insulin injections or insulin pump and who don’t have diabetes complications.

For more information please contact Lauren O’Mahoney L.Omahoney@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or phone 0113 8122059

Young people and long-term conditions

Researchers at the University of Bath would like to recruit 11-17 year olds with Type 1 diabetes to take part in a study aiming to improve our understanding about how young people view their long-term conditions. Taking part requires to fill in an online survey, which should only take 15-20 minutes. Participants aged 11-15 will need to gain their parents’ permission, which can be provided through the survey.

To take part, please visit the study website. You can also contact Cara Haines at C.Haines@bath.ac.uk for more information.

 

Studies for people with Type 2 diabetes

Experience of weight related chronic illnesses

Researchers at the University of Oxford are looking for people to share their experiences of weight change to help them develop a website information resource for the public and health care professionals (www.healthtalk.org). They're interested in talking to people aged 40 or older who have been diagnosed with one or more of the following conditions: Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, COPD, asthma, sleep apnoea, heart failure or previous heart surgery, osteoarthritis or stroke. Taking part will involve an interview with questions about your weight, how you feel about it and how it relates to your health. The interview can take place at your home or another location convenient for you. As a thank you for your time, you’ll receive a £20 shopping voucher.

For more information, please contact Dr Maria Salinas at maria.salinas@phc.ox.ac.uk, or call 01865 289326.

The role of social support in the wellbeing of people with Type 2 diabetes

Researchers at the University of Surrey would like to recruit adults aged 18 or over with Type 2 diabetes, who are fluent in English and live in the UK, to take part in a study. The researchers want to understand the role that social support plays in the lives of people living with Type 2 diabetes, and the impact that social experiences can have on their wellbeing. Taking part involves filling in an online survey, which should take 20-30 minutes to complete. For completing the survey, participants can enter a prize draw to win one of 20 £10 Amazon vouchers.

To take part, visit the survey page. For more information please contact Katie Motley at k.a.motley@surrey.ac.uk.

Exercise training and Type 2 diabetes

Researchers at the University of Birmingham are conducting a study looking at ways to combine different types of exercise in order to maximise the benefit to you. They are looking to recruit white Caucasian males, aged 40-65 years, who have had Type 2 diabetes for at least 1 year. Participants will receive fully supervised exercise training.

For information please contact Dr Jamie Pugh at J.Pugh@bham.ac.uk or 0121 414 8956.

Altitude to treat Type 2 diabetes

Researchers at the University of Westminster would like to recruit people with pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes, who are not taking metformin, to take part in a study that aims to use altitude to treat Type 2 diabetes. Participants will need to visit the University frequently over a period of 4 weeks. Costs of £120 will be provided for completion of the study.

For information please contact Polly Aylwin at p.aylwin@Westminster.ac.uk.

Appetite and Type 2 diabetes

Researchers from the Leicester Diabetes Centre would like to recruit men and post-menopausal women with Type 2 diabetes, who are currently taking the drug metformin or use diet and lifestyle alone to control their diabetes. The researchers would like to see how the medication Empagliflozin affects people’s appetite. Participants would need to attend six visits for tests and questionnaires.

For information please contact Lucy Ayres at LDCTrials@uhl-tr.nhs.uk or 0116 258 4028.

Exploring patient perspectives on brief messages about diabetes

The University of Oxford and the University of Manchester are looking for people with Type 2 diabetes who have started taking medication for their Type 2 diabetes in the past year, or who have had a change to their diabetes medication in the past year to take part in a number of meetings over 6 months to help design mobile technology to support people to take their medications. 

For information please contact the SuMMiT-D research office on 01865 617940 or nicola.newhouse@phc.ox.ac.uk.

Experience of Type 2 diabetes and education courses

Researchers at the University of Surrey would like to recruit adults with Type 2 diabetes living in the UK to take part in a study. They want to understand the experience of living with Type 2 diabetes and your views about diabetes education courses (e.g. DESMOND, X-PERT) and want to talk to people who have and who haven’t taken part in a diabetes education course. Taking part in a study involves an interview, which can take place in person or over the phone.

For information please contact Eolie Hampson at e.hampson@surrey.ac.uk.

Using apps to manage your diabetes?

Researchers at the University of Bristol would like to recruit adults with Type 2 diabetes, who are currently using or have previously used a web-based tool or app to help them manage their diabetes. The researchers are trying to understand people’s experiences, and what they do and don’t like about this technology. Participating in the study would involve an interview. The researchers are looking for people with different experiences and from different backgrounds to compare their views.

For information please contact Sophie Turnbull at sophie.turnbull@bristol.ac.uk, or call 0117 9287220.

 

Studies for people with any type of diabetes

The Development of Contextual Cognitive Behavioural Approach to painful diabetic neuropathy; Revealing Patients' Perceptions and Beliefs

Researchers at King’s College London are interested in the experience of pain from the perspective of people with painful diabetic neuropathy. They would like to develop and test a psychological treatment for chronic neuropathic pain. To take part in the study, participants must have a confirmed diagnosis of diabetes, presence of painful diabetic neuropathy and be least 18 years old. Taking part will require answering a questionnaire which will help the research team to assess pain intensity, attitudes toward pain, mood, and the impact of pain on your daily physical, social and work activities.

If you would like to take part in this survey please click here. For any additional information please contact Miss Kitty Kioskli at aikaterini.kioskli@kcl.ac.uk. Thank you in advance for your invaluable time and help!

Treating painful nerve damage

Researchers at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals would like to recruit people aged 18 or over with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, who have painful nerve damage as a result of their diabetes, to take part in a study. This study is looking to find the most effective way to treat painful nerve damage in people with diabetes. Participation will involve frequent clinic visits and following a course of medication. Participants will also be asked to keep a medication and pain diary and give blood tests.

For information please contact: Jennifer Petrie at option-dm@sheffield.ac.uk.

Helping people with diabetes get the right diagnosis

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.

Using design to improve lives of people with diabetes

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University are recruiting people living with diabetes (18yrs+), to take part in either a face-to-face or Skype discussion and/or workshops. The researchers are interested in understanding day-to-day life and challenges of living with diabetes. They plan to use this information to inform the design of new products, clothing, accessories and services that aim to improve the lives of people living with diabetes.

For information please contact Lisa Shawgi on lisa.shawgi2015@my.ntu.ac.uk or 07507265332.

Learning disabilities and diabetes

Researchers at the Open University would like to recruit adults, who have mild-to-moderate learning disabilities and Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes to take part in a study, looking at what people with learning disabilities think is good and bad about their diabetes appointments in primary care.

Where possible, researchers would also like to recruit one person who helps with appointments.

For information please contact Lorna Rouse at lorna.rouse@open.ac.uk or 07756099058

Have you experienced harassment online?

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 (cyberharrasment, cyberstalking, cyber disability hate incidents) on people living with chronic conditions or disabilities. 

If you are interested in taking part, please go to the survey website or contact NCCR@beds.ac.uk for information.

Healthcare professionals and cyber victimisation

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 (cyberharrasment, cyberstalking, cyber disability hate incidents) has on people living with chronic conditions or disabilities. 

If you are interested in taking part, fill this short survey or contact NCCR@beds.ac.uk for information. 

 

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.

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