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Project information

Type 1 Diabetes Research

Type 1 diabetes is devastating lives everyday for children & adults. There is currently no cure or way of stopping it. We are funding research that could transform treatments & find ways to prevent & ultimately cure Type 1. This could change lives of people with this condition across the globe.

October 2018 - October 2019

Charity information: Diabetes UK

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  • Need


    Type 1 diabetes is serious. It's a condition where your blood glucose level is too high because your body can't make a hormone called insulin. We all need insulin to live.

    Diabetes doesn't stop. It can be complicated and confusing. It can be frustrating and exhausting. It's an all-consuming life long condition.

    Over a long period of time people can develop serious complications such as heart attacks, strokes, eye problems and kidney failure.

    Only through research can we change this reality.


    To meet the challenge of Type 1 diabetes we will work towards 3 research goals:

    Care: Improve care & self-management for people living with Type 1 today

    Cure: Find ways to cure Type 1 in those who have it now or develop it in the future

    Prevent: Stop Type 1 & its complications before they develop

    We're dedicated to Type 1 diabetes research, it has & is continuing to transform lives. We funded the first insulin pen, the handheld glucose meter & we're making the artificial pancreas a reality.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Make research breakthroughs in Type 1 diabetes, to build a world where diabetes can do no harm.


    » Fund research that helps us answer critical questions about Type 1 diabetes so we can find insights that pave the way to new treatments & a cure.

    What success will look like

    We will evaluate Diabetes UK-funded scientists who will publish their findings. We’ll continue to highlight the impact of our research funding.

  • Impact


    In the long-term our research could dramatically improve quality of life for those living with Type 1 diabetes & move us closer to a cure.

    To demonstrate this we'll track the long-term impact of the research we fund & continue to produce our Research Impact reports. These bring to life the difference our past research has made. E.g.in the 1980s we funded research to improve eye screening for diabetes. In 2010 we found that because of this, diabetes is no longer the leading cause of blindness.


    There could be risks around over promising, and potentially disappointing, supporters with the sometimes slow progress of research. To deal with this we have a dedicated research communications team who communicate responsible, and evidence-based information to people with diabetes.

    We will ensure supporters understand the steps needed between lab-based research and having treatments available in the clinic. We also report on the impact of past research to help people grasp timescales.


    We communicate the results of our research through our media work with national press, our website & social media channels. Evaluation of our last research announcement showed the coverage we secured reached 50 million people globally. We hold events bringing together our scientists & supporters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Research Fund research to improve care, find a cure and prevent Type 1 diabetes
  • Background


    We are the UK’s leading charitable funder of diabetes research and have been funding research for over 80 years.

    From the insulin pen, to blood glucose meters, and through better treatment of complications – our research has made a difference to millions of people’s lives.

    And our scientists are still making a difference today, like their ongoing work to prevent or stop Type 1 diabetes. This has all only been possible through the investment we’ve been able to make in world-class research


    There are around 400,000 children & adults living with Type 1 diabetes in the UK, & millions more across the globe. Our research could transform their care, drastically improve their quality of life & reduce their risk of devastating diabetes complications allowing them to live longer,
    The research we’re doing today could also help us one day find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. This would mean people no longer have to do the job of their pancreas & give them a future free of insulin injections.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Diabetes UK has been t the forefront of diabetes research for over 80 years. In the last 10 years alone, we've invested £64 million in research across the UK.

    We take a rigorous approach when deciding which projects to fund, drawing on expertise of top scientists and people with diabetes, to make sure we fund important research of the highest scientific quality.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Professor Noel Morgan - Diabetes UK Research Scientist

    Professor Morgan runs a world-leading lab investigating how and why the Type 1 diabetes immune attack develops, to find ways to stop it in the future.