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Opportunities to take part in research

Research projects recruiting participants in the UK.
Content last reviewed and updated: 05.04.2024

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

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

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

Widening accessibility of insulin pump information – Communo

Who: Insulin pump users aged over 18 living with, or with a close connection to someone living with, type 1 diabetes.

What: To take part in an online survey. Further opportunity to take part in an interview.

Why: To help develop an online platform that eases the retrieval and sharing of information relating to insulin pump devices for people living with type 1 diabetes.

How: To find out more and take part in the survey, please follow this link.

An exploration of how people with diabetes experience stigma

Who: Anyone aged 16 or over living with type 1 (or type 2) diabetes.
What: To take part in an online survey.
Why: To help develop a better understanding of stigma, specifically diabetes stigma and weight stigma,
How: To access all study information and to take part, please follow this link.