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Getting involved in research

Are you interested in taking an active role in research? Volunteering to take part in a clinical trial is an important way you can help us cure, treat and prevent type 1.

Medical research studies that involve people are called clinical trials, and they form a vital part of JDRF 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 examine blood samples for differences between people with and without type 1. Other trials 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.

Other sources of information

If you are unable to participate in any of the current trials listed on the pages above, there are other ways to find a trial you may be eligible for. You could ask your healthcare team about any research studies happening in your local area, or search the JDRF Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Trials Connection web portal, which lists type 1 diabetes trials worldwide – not just those funded by JDRF. The same is true of the US-based website

In addition, the UK Clinical Research Network has a searchable database of UK trials for many medical conditions, including type 1 diabetes.

If you need more information about how to apply to take part in a trial, you can contact JDRF at