Getting Involved in Research Studies

Are you interested in getting involved in Irish Research?

There are many diabetes-related research studies going on in Ireland and they regularly seek people with diabetes or members of their family to take part.


From 2017 we will be featuring a list of studies that have gained ethical approval and are taking place now in Ireland  and have been submitted to Diabetes Ireland by the research team.


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BRAIN-Diabetes: Border Region Area lifestyle Intervention study for healthy Neurocognitive ageing in diabetes.

This study aims to develop a healthy brain lifestyle programme for people with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) in the border areas of Ireland. The lifestyle programme to prevent cognitive/memory impairment and dementia will include exercise, diet, brain (cognitive) training and management of vascular risks, e.g. high blood pressure.
For the initial part of the study, we need participants to participate in focus (discussion) groups. The aims of these focus groups are to (i) explore the attitudes of people with T2DM towards changing their lifestyle to reduce the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia and, (ii) to determine what type of lifestyle programme would be acceptable to people with T2DM to encourage lifestyle change.
For the second part of the study, we require participants to take part in a healthy brain lifestyle intervention (participant will be randomised to one of two different types of intervention).
Study participants must have T2DM, be aged 60 years or over and reside in the Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan/Fermanagh/Tyrone area.


An investigation of the perceived barriers and motivators to physical activity and exercise in individuals with Diabetes with or without Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).

This study will investigate the perceived barriers and motivators to physical activity and exercise in individuals with Diabetes with or without Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease ( NAFLD).

A qualitative study examining the experiences of phantom limb pain in amputees – This study will investigate people’s personal experiences of phantom limb pain which occurs in 50-80% of amputees.
I am interested in your experience of phantom limb pain and if you agree to take part you will be asked to participate in a research interview. This interview will last approximately 30 minutes and can take place over the phone.
I really want to understand what it is like for people who are experiencing this type of pain as so far there are very few research studies which have explored this area and have asked people who have phantom limb pain how it is affecting their lives.


Perceptions on the intrusiveness of remote digital monitoring for diabetes – This international online survey aims to identify the perceptions of adults living with diabetes, type 1 or 2, regarding digital monitoring. Specifically, we aim to identify which aspects of digital monitoring are considered intrusive in personal life and privacy, and which aspects are acceptable and reassuring.

The PACE study (Promoting Adolescents Communication and Engagement -It is important that we find ways of encouraging young people to be active in managing their diabetes so they are more prepared for adulthood and to prevent worsening of their health, and the associated costs to the healthcare services. With the help of young people aged 11 to 17 with T1DM, we will develop an educational video and a question prompt list to encourage young people to be more actively involved in healthcare interactions with their doctors and nurses. Once developed, this intervention will be evaluated in a small trial to see if it helps young people to ask more questions and to be more actively involved in their treatment while attending a diabetes clinic at two children’s hospitals in Dublin. This research is being carried out over the course of three years in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, and in collaboration with two children’s hospitals in Dublin; the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

Clinical trial to reduce phantom limb pain using virtual reality, augmented reality & serious gaming – Phantom limb pain, painful sensations that feel as if they originate from a missing limb, occurs after limb amputation for 50-80% of amputees and is associated with a number of negative outcomes, such as a decline in daily activities, sleep interference and a reduction in general quality of life.
Although more than 60 different treatments to reduce phantom limb pain have been proposed, controlled clinical trials on these treatments are scarce and tend to be of poor quality, meaning that we cannot tell for sure how effective these treatments are for reducing this type of pain.
This trial uses two treatments which are believed to be effective in reducing phantom limb pain and will examine if there is something about one treatment that is more effective than the other. Both of these treatments take advantage of modern advancements in computer technology by attempting to train the amputated limb using virtual reality.

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