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. 

Alcohol, wellbeing and lifestyle of people living with Type 2 diabetes

Subtitle:
Alcohol, wellbeing and lifestyle of people living with Type 2 diabetes
Institution:
University of Surrey
Location:
England - South East
Tags:
Questionnaire
Dates:

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.

Supporting people with long-term health conditions

Subtitle:
Supporting people with long-term health conditions
Institution:
University of Leeds
Location:
England - Northern & Yorkshire
Tags:
Questionnaire
Dates:

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. 

Opinions of GPs on prescribing medicines to people with Type 2 diabetes 

Subtitle:
Opinions of GPs on prescribing medicines to people with Type 2 diabetes 
Institution:
University of Huddersfield
Location:
England - Northern & Yorkshire
Tags:
Interview
Dates:

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.
 

How would the addition of digital tools in diabetes care help or hinder people living with diabetes?

Subtitle:
How would the addition of digital tools in diabetes care help or hinder people living with diabetes?
Institution:
Paris-Descartes University
Location:
France - Paris-Descartes University
Tags:
Questionnaire
Dates:

Digital tools such as sensors, wearable devices and smartphone apps can help people living with diabetes to monitor their condition more easily, but using them can be intrusive in everyday life – physically, socially or mentally. Researchers at Paris-Descartes University want to understand which aspects of digital monitoring are seen as intrusive, and which aspects are more acceptable to people living with diabetes. Understanding this will help us modify future digital tools to make them more user-friendly. Taking part involves answering an online questionnaire. 

Displaying blood glucose data in the most meaningful way

Subtitle:
Displaying blood glucose data in the most meaningful way
Institution:
Swansea University
Location:
Wales - Swansea
Tags:
Questionnaire Interview
Dates:

Researchers at Swansea University would like to help people living with Type 2 diabetes in Wales who use FreeStyle Libre (flash continuous glucose monitoring) to manage their condition. The aim is to help people manage their blood glucose more easily by exploring the most meaningful way to visually display how blood glucose levels change over time, and in relation to lifestyle choices such as exercising and food choices. Taking part involves an online questionnaire, followed by a face to face meeting in the South Wales area.

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.

How best to manage pregnant women with gestational diabetes who need steroids to have an elective caesarean section

Subtitle:
How best to manage pregnant women with gestational diabetes who need steroids to have an elective caesarean section
Institution:
Northampton General Hospital Maternity Team
Location:
England - Midlands
Tags:
Questionnaire
Dates:

Healthcare professionals in the Northampton General Hospital Maternity Team would like to understand how other Obstetrics & Gynaecology units manage pregnant women with gestational diabetes who need steroids prior to having an elective caesarean section. They want to gain insight into how other units manage this group of women, so they can improve their own services based on evidence.

If you are a nurse, clinician or midwife, take part in the survey here.

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:

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:

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:

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.

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