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Opportunities to take part in research

Research projects recruiting participants in the UK.
Content last reviewed and updated: 21.11.2023

A JDRF-funded researcher looking down a microscope in the lab

Researchers across the UK need people affected by type 1 to take part in their studies. From answering questions about your experiences and sharing feedback on study designs to testing out new treatments or technologies, there’s something for everyone.

We review all studies before adding them to this page to make sure they are safe and will benefit people with type 1. So whatever you choose, you know you’ll be helping to improve the lives of people with type 1.

Research to improve treatments for type 1

Assessing consensus on suitable donor attributes for success in pancreas transplantation

Who: People living with type 1 diabetes who have received or are waiting to receive a pancreas transplant.
What: Approx. 1 hour interview, online or in person (Manchester).
Why: To help improve pancreas transplant surgery in the UK by helping to make a guide for doctors to maximise the number of transplants from available donors.
How: If you would like to contribute to this project, please contact Daniel Doherty on

Validating the need and design of a technology to lower the incidence of Lipohypertrophy and other conditions in people needing recurrent insulin injections.

Who: Volunteers aged 18 and over living with type 1 diabetes who regularly inject insulin.
What: A 5–10-minute questionnaire.
Why: To improve understanding of injection behaviours, which will help researchers develop a medical solution to improve injection site rotation and raise awareness of Lipohypertrophy.
How: Please follow this link to complete the survey.

Research into exercise and type 1

Exercise to prevent frailty and loss of independence in insulin treated older people with diabetes: The EXPLODE trial

Who: People aged 60 years old and over, living with diabetes and taking insulin, with no history of heart disease, stroke, or liver failure in the last 12 months.
What: One or two interviews with researchers via phone or video call, lasting up to one hour. They will ask about your views on living with diabetes, as well as activity levels and resistance exercise. You will receive a £20 shopping voucher for your time.
Why: To find out if light resistance exercise could help improve the health and wellbeing of older people living with diabetes.
How: Contact Dr Rachel Stocker on

Can a remotely monitored, home-based exercise intervention for individuals with type 1 diabetes reduce immune driven disease activity? (EXTOD-Immune)

Who: Volunteers aged between 18 and 60 years old, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes within the last 12 months and exercise less than 150 minutes per week.
What: Over 36 weeks, you will be invited to local study sites (available nationally) on four occasions and will take part in various phases including home exercise intervention period, break period and control period.
Why: To investigate the impact of exercise on type 1 diabetes.
How: For more information and how to get involved visit EXTOD-Immune.

Supporting and promoting physical activity in adolescents with type 1 diabetes

Who: Adolescents, or parents and careers of individuals, living with type 1 diabetes between the ages of 12 and 18 years old, with access to the internet.
What: Adolescents – online video group discussion with peers, chatting about experiences of being physically active and how that may be influenced by type 1 diabetes, leading to discussion on support. Parents or careers – short phone or video interview discussing experiences of supporting physical activity and sharing ideas on how provision may be improved.
Why: To develop a programme to help support physical activity.
How: To get involved please fill out this form.

Research related to mental health

Compassionate mind training effects in diabetes

Who: Adults over 18 who have been living with diabetes for over a year and who self-manage their diabetes.
What: Participation involves free access to the four-week Compassionate Mind Training course, providing feedback about the course, and a chance to win a £25 amazon voucher.
Why: To explore the effectiveness of the Compassionate Mind Training course in relation to type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
How: To take part, please follow this link.


Research into other areas of type 1

Driving with Type 1 Diabetes

Who: Individuals living with type 1 diabetes, with driving experience.
What: Take part in an online survey.
Why: To gather information relating to driving and type 1 diabetes to help design or programme a device to aid blood sugar monitoring whilst driving.
How: If you would like to take part, please fill out this survey.

Co-designing support with and for young women living with Type 1 Diabetes

Who: Young women (aged 18-25) living with type 1 diabetes.
What: Take part in an online 2-3 hour group workshop to share opinions and give feedback on clothing design guide.
Why: To influence fashion design for young women living with type 1 diabetes, with the aim of ensuring clothing is empowering, and supports body image and condition management.
How: If you would like to take part, please email Rachael Gill on

Brain-muscle communication in diabetic foot neuropathy

Who: Adults aged 20 and over who are active drivers living with diabetes and diagnosed with diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
What: This project involves a two-hour testing session at the Institute of Sport Building, Manchester, with pedal pushing tests and brain monitoring activities, as well as a driving simulation game. You will receive a £20 Amazon voucher, up to £40 travel reimbursements, snacks, and refreshments.
Why: To help understand how the communication between the brain and muscles is affected by diabetic neuropathy.
How: If you would like to take part, please email Dr Johnny Parr on

Improving access to healthcare for people who face barriers to attending appointments

Who: Individuals aged 18+, with experience of missing multiple appointments. Particularly people who have experienced hard times such as homelessness, domestic abuse/violence, mental health challenges and problem alcohol and/or drug use.
What: An interview approximately one hour long, online or in person (Glasgow). Any information you share will be anonymised and you will be financially rewarded.
Why: To improve understanding of ‘missingness’ (missing multiple appointments in healthcare), identify the barriers that cause missingness and gain insight on how NHS services can be improved for everyone.
How: For more information and how to get involved please email

Minocycline in type 1 diabetes, a feasibility study

Who: Individuals living with type 1 diabetes or their family members.
What: One-hour online meeting, face-to-face (London) or online, involving an introduction to the proposed study and a discussion surrounding your opinions of the study and its design. You will receive a £15 shopping voucher for your time.
Why: To provide a new research study with vital insight into the lived experience of type 1 diabetes.
How: Please contact Sara Elhadari on to take part.