Get involved in research

Taking part in a trial is one way you can help us cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes

Are you interested in taking an active role in research? Medical research studies that involve people are called clinical trials, and they form a vital part of our research. They allow researchers to test their ideas and to make new discoveries, and can potentially lead to new treatments.

There are many different kinds of clinical trial: some may involve testing a possible drug for type 1, while others may simply ask for answers to a questionnaire. But whatever the study involves, volunteering to be part of it is a tremendous help to type 1 diabetes researchers – in fact, without clinical trial volunteers, it would be impossible to develop any new treatments for type 1 at all.

Below you can find out more information about clinical trials, get details of trials currently recruiting in the UK, and hear the experiences of people who have been part of a clinical trial.

What is a clinical trial?

What is a clinical trial?

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Projects you can join

Projects you can join

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What is it like to take part?

What is it like to take part?

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Other sources of information

If you can’t take part in any of the trials listed on the pages above, there are other ways to find a trial you can join. You could ask your healthcare team about any research studies happening in your local area, or search the UK Clinical Trials Gateway, which covers many medical conditions, including type 1 diabetes. You could also search the JDRF Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Trials Connection web portal, which lists type 1 diabetes trials worldwide – not just those funded by JDRF.