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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Can stimulating nerves improve foot pain caused by diabetes?

Subtitle:
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment with Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation – a Randomised Controlled Trial
Institution:
Oxford University
Location:
Oxford, Middlesborough, Manchester, London
Tags:
Clinical trial
Dates:
November 2019
November 2020

Researchers at hospitals in Oxford, Middlesborough, Manchester, and London would like to recruit adults who have severe pain in their feet caused by their diabetes, to take part in a clinical trial. 

The PENTAGONS trial aims to test whether this pain can be improved with an implanted device like a heart pacemaker that stimulates the nerves that carry the pain signals. Participants may have diabetes of any type and must have already tried standard painkilling tablets. 

Can exercise bring back hypo awareness?

Subtitle:
High Intensity Training as a novel treatment for impaired awareness of hypoglycaemia in type 1 diabetes
Institution:
University of Dundee
Location:
Scotland
Tags:
Clinical trial
Dates:
January 2020
August 2020

Researchers at the University of Dundee would like to recruit people with type 1 to take part in a study that's using high intensity exercise (short bursts of exercise that increase the heart rate) as a treatment for reduced awareness of low blood sugars.

To be eligible to take part you must:

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.

Self-compassion as a new remedy for Type 2 diabetes?

Subtitle:
Self-compassion as a new remedy for Type 2 diabetes?
Institution:
King's College London
Location:
England - London
Tags:
Questionnaire
Dates:
November 2018
April 2020

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.

Online study to understand why some people with diabetes experience emotional distress

Institution:
University of Liverpool
Location:
Online study
Tags:
Questionnaire
Dates:
October 2019
April 2020

At present, it is unclear why some people living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes experience emotional distress and others do not. Researchers at the University of Liverpool are interested in what psychological factors may explain this. This understanding will help to develop more effective treatment strategies in the future.

Taking part in the study will involve completing an online questionnaire. You DO NOT need to have experienced emotional distress to take part.

To take part you must:

Assessing injection technique in diabetes

Subtitle:
Injection Technique Assessment Questionnaire
Institution:
Bournemouth University
Location:
UK-wide
Tags:
Questionnaire
Dates:
November 2019
December 2019

Researchers at Bournemouth University would like to recruit people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, who are using injections in their diabetes treatment, to take part in a study that is developing and testing a new brief questionnaire to assess injection technique.

Take part in the survey, which should take about 5 minutes. Or for more information please contact: Professor Katharine Barnard-Kelly at kbarnard@bournemouth.ac.uk 

Can online therapy treat anxiety or depression in people with type 2?

Subtitle:
Can online therapy treat anxiety or depression in people with type 2?
Institution:
Ieso Digital Health
Tags:
Clinical trial
Dates:
November 2019
December 2020

Researchers at Ieso Digital Health would like to recruit people who have lived with type 2 diabetes for at least 12 months, aged 18 years or over, and experience anxiety or depression.  

The team want to find out if cognitive behavioural therapy delivered online has a positive impact on the mental wellbeing of people with type 2 diabetes, and on their ability to manage their diabetes. Participants will take part in 6-10 one-hour online sessions, over 8-12 weeks. 

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
Location:
The majority of research offered takes place in and around Greater Manchester
Tags:
Connect with researchers
Dates:
January 2020
January 2023

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. 

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.

Have you experienced harassment online?

Subtitle:
Have you experienced harassment online?
Institution:
National Centre for Cyberstalking Research
Location:
UK-wide
Tags:
Questionnaire

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.

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

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