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Opportunities to take part in research

Research projects recruiting participants in the UK.
Content last reviewed and updated: 03.07.2024

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

The effects of ischaemic preconditioning at the ankle during a 4-week intervention study in people with diabetes

Who: Anyone aged 18-70 living with diabetes, either with healthy feet or a diagnosis of diabetic foot.

What: Visits to lab in Cambridge to take part in training sessions.

Why: To help understanding of whether the use of repeated IPC over a 4-week intervention can result in any improvement in the health of diabetic foot.

How: Find out more information via this link.

Research into exercise and type 1

The effect of interrupting sitting with regular active breaks on glycaemia and daily insulin dose in sedentary people with type 1 diabetes (EXTOD-Active)

Who: Individuals diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (for at least 3 years) aged between 18-66 years old, who spend most of their day sitting down and don’t regularly exercise

What: A 1-month intervention where you will be given help to take regular short (3-minute) walks to break up sitting time. As well as a health check in your own home before and after the intervention. You will receive a £75 voucher for your participation.

Why: To help researchers see if taking short active breaks can improve glucose management and wellbeing in people with type 1 diabetes who spend most of their day sitting down.

How: Please email for more information or to sign up today.

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 3 years 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.

Research related to mental health and well-being

How interactions with psychological professionals impact the experience of emotions by those living with diabetes

Who: Individuals with a diagnosis of diabetes over the age of 18 who have had psychological therapy where diabetes was mentioned or discussed.

What: To take part in a 1-hour online interview via Microsoft Teams, where you will be asked about your experience of psychological therapy and living with diabetes.

Why: To help explore how interactions with healthcare professionals, who deliver psychological interventions, impact emotions of those living with diabetes.

How: To express your interest in taking part, please fill out the screening questionnaire. If you are eligible, a member of the team will be in touch to organise the interview.

All the things I would say: A thematic analysis of letters written to type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder by individuals with type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder (T1DE)

Who: Individuals aged 18 and over living with type 1 diabetes, and currently living with or have lived with an eating disorder (both diagnosed and undiagnosed)

What: To complete a short online survey and write a letter to both your diabetes and eating disorder.

Why: To help better understand the intricate relationship between identity, type 1 diabetes and eating disorders.

How: Please follow this link for more information.

Research into other areas of type 1 diabetes

Empowering Caregivers: Designing a Tailored Digital Healthcare Solution for Managing Paediatric Diabetes in Children with Non-Visible Disabilities

Who: Adult caregivers to a child/children with non-visible disabilities and type 1 diabetes.

What: To complete an online questionnaire, with potential to take part in an online follow-up interview.

Why: To help address the insufficient support available to parents and carers of children with non-visible disabilities who also have diabetes. Participation will give input into the design of a tailored digital healthcare solution for this issue.

How: To take part or find out more information, please visit the survey website.

Blood, sweat and diabetes: Investigating type 1 diabetes in the workplace and providing informed recommendations

Who: First round (now closed) – currently or previously employed and living with type 1 diabetes. Second round (now OPEN) – Employers (CEO, Line Managers, Business Owner etc…).

What: To take part in a one hour long interview on type 1 diabetes within work.

Why: To inform and co-produce future guidance on type 1 diabetes self-management and support in work.

How: By contacting

Exploring self-management behaviours in people with type 1 diabetes and without diabetes

Who: Individuals either living with type 1 diabetes OR with no history of diabetes, between the ages of 18 and 60 years old (excluding those who are pregnant or have a history of substance abuse).

What: To take part in a 15-minute survey, completing questions about your recent diet, physical activity, and quality of life. Those individuals living with type 1 diabetes will be asked some questions about adhering to treatment recommendations and upload their glucose sensor data.

Why: To help see if there are differences in self-management behaviours between men and women with type 1 diabetes and adults without diabetes.

How: Please complete the survey.

Perceived Impact of Heat Wave Events on Daily Health and Management in People with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Who: Individuals aged 18 and over, who have been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes for more than 2 years.

What: To take part in a survey.

Why: To help find out whether medication, physical characteristics or medical complications contribute to how individuals living with diabetes feel during hot weather and the impact this has on their life and diabetes management.

How: To find out more information and check if you are eligible, please visit the survey website

Exploring the different factors affecting the management of type one diabetes in the British South Asian population

Who: Individuals of South Asian background living with type 1 diabetes, over the age of 18.

What: To complete a short demographic questionnaire, followed by a confidential online interview lasting approximately one hour.

Why: To share your invaluable experiences and reflections about living with a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes within a South Asian cultural context.

How: Please complete the initial survey and the research team will contact you.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health of people with multiple long-term conditions

Who: Individuals aged 18 and above, living with at least one long-term health conditions (diagnosed before the pandemic) e.g. diabetes, hypertension, asthma, kidney disease etc, who lived in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns.

What: Complete a 15 minute survey.

Why: To provide information to contribute to the understanding of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with pre-existing health conditions, that could influence healthcare planning for future public health emergencies.

How: Please see the survey website to find out more information and take part.

Experiences of wearable technology use in type 1 diabetic adults

Who: Individuals living with type 1 diabetes, over the age of 18, who use an insulin pump or continuous glucose monitor.

What: A 60-90 minute interview via Microsoft Teams.

Why: To aid understanding of the experiences of adults with type 1 diabetes who use wearable technology like pumps and continuous glucose monitors.

How: If you are interested in this project, please contact, or fill out the eligibility form to see if you can take part.