Type 1 Diabetes UK Immunotherapy Consortium
What is T1D UK?
The Type 1 Diabetes UK Immunotherapy Consortium (T1D UK) was set up in 2015, with major funding from JDRF and Diabetes UK, to promote, develop and support research into immunotherapies for type 1 diabetes. You can read more about this project here.
As part of this work, T1D UK has set up research sites across the UK to recruit volunteers into clinical trials of new immunotherapy treatments.
Can I take part?
The Type 1 Diabetes UK Immunotherapy Consortium is currently looking for volunteers for some of its clinical trials. Each of these trials will have different criteria for who can and cannot take part.
If you would like to find out more about these trials, including who can get involved, visit the Type 1 Diabetes UK Immunotherapy Consortium website.
What is TrialNet?
TrialNet is an international network of academic institutions, healthcare professionals and scientists dedicated to preventing type 1 diabetes.
Their Pathway to Prevention study is part-funded by JDRF, and is aiming to better our understanding of how type 1 diabetes develops.
Those who sign up will also be told if they are in the early stages of developing type 1 diabetes or at increased risk of developing the condition, and will be given monitoring and follow up care.
They may also be offered the opportunity to take part in clinical trials.
Can I take part?
The study is looking for siblings and family members of people who live with type 1 diabetes. To get involved, you must:
- not have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes
and must either:
- be between the ages of 3 and 45 and have a parent, brother/sister, or child with type 1 diabetes
- be between the ages of 3 and 20 and have an aunt/uncle, cousin, grandparent, niece/nephew, or half-brother/sister with type 1 diabetes
Participants will be asked to provide a blood sample as well as some additional health data. This information will be used by researchers to run analyses that could help find trends and commonalities in type 1 development.
How can I get involved?
Find out more about the study, and if you meet the participation criteria, on the TrialNet website: www.trialnet.org/participate
If you can’t take part in any of the trials listed 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 use our type 1 trial finder tool.
You can also find more UK-based clinical trials by using the NHS’s Be Part of Research service, or look further afield by searching the clinicaltrials.gov website (run by the USA’s National Institutes of Health).
It is important to always talk to your healthcare team about any clinical trial you are considering getting involved in. They will be able to offer advice on the risks and benefits of taking part in a clinical trial.