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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    Irish Research Studies, click on the study title to check recruitment dates, duration etc.



    “Are we there yet?” – Emerging Adulthood (18 – 25 years) and Living with a Long-Term Physical Condition

    This study explores the period of emerging adulthood (18-25 years) and living with and managing a long-term physical condition during this time. You are eligible if you are 18-25 and able to complete the online questionnaire yourself. *A long-term physical condition is a condition diagnosed by a medical professional, has lasted 6 months or more and requires some ongoing treatment (e.g. medication, GP visits, therapies). Examples of long-term physical conditions include diabetes, cardiovascular (e.g. congenital heart defect, hypertension), chronic respiratory (e.g. asthma), chronic neurological (e.g. multiple sclerosis, epilepsy), chronic pain (e.g. arthritis), other long-term conditions (e.g. irritable bowel syndrome) etc.


    Type 2 Diabetes and Me

    Researchers in the School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast, are undertaking an online study aimed at assessing what it is like to live with Type 2 diabetes. The study focuses on the psychological implications of having this condition and the factors that might influence how people cope.

    Type 2 diabetes is a common medical condition characterised by a wide variety of symptoms. Considerable attention has been paid to the physical symptoms associated with Type 2 diabetes. Our understanding of what it is like to live with Type 2 diabetes, however, is very limited. Researchers in the School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast, are currently conducting research to determine what it is like to have Type 2 diabetes, focusing, in particular, on the psychological health implications of this condition. Participation will help us to understand more about what it is like to have Type 2 diabetes and be of potential value in the shaping of future health care and policy.


    A qualitative analysis of the distress surrounding type 1 diabetes in adolescents and young adults during their transition from paediatric to adult healthcare

    This study will explore the experience that individuals with Type 1 diabetes face while they are transitioning from paediatric to adult healthcare. Type 1 Diabetes has been increasing in prevalence globally, and in Ireland, over the past few years. Type 1 is usually diagnosed in adolescence or in young adults and can necessitate many changes to lifestyle that can lead to an adverse bio-psycho-social impacts, known as diabetes distress. This distress could be exacerbated by the volatility of this developmental stage as well as by the paediatric to adult healthcare transitioning process. There is a paucity of research on the most important factors that contribute to diabetes distress, and the role healthcare may play in the ages of 14-22. Further, there has been no data collected from this population on how the healthcare system can be improved to support the transition in healthcare. This project will seek to provide evidence that will inform these gaps.


    Guidelines for communicating cases and deaths related to COVID-19 including an international review

    As part of a larger study, we are examining how the Irish public have used mass media (TV, Radio and Newspapers) and other forms of communication during COVID-19. We are interested in this because there has been daily coverage of COVID-19 cases and deaths. This constant media reporting is likely to impact on social and psychological wellbeing and, if perceived as a ‘threat appeal’, may arouse defensive responses leading to disengagement with public health messages. We are keen to hear from groups who were/are seen as at particular risk from COVID-19.



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

    This is a research study taking place locally for people with type 2 diabetes. The researchers are examining ways of supporting lifestyle and behaviour change for brain health that people with diabetes think are helpful.The objective is to evaluate a culturally tailored adaptation of The Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER) protocol targeted for individuals with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) living in the border areas of Ireland.


    The primary research question to be addressed is; what is the feasibility and acceptability of implementing a multicomponent intervention for the target population in a community setting in comparison to standard clinical care. The study protocol was informed by a phase 1 qualitative study (REC ref 19/NI/0011) involving the target population i.e. older people with Type 2 DM from the border areas of N Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and has been amended (version 2.0) in response to the coronavirus pandemic.


    The TIDY-UPS (Tips for Improving Disposal of Your Unused Pills and Potions Safely) Study

    a study to understand how people living in Ireland manage medication waste. The information we collect will help us create some tips to share good ideas and improve medication waste management. There are no risks in participating and the data we collect is entirely anonymous.


    The Effects of Exercise on Reducing Blood Pressure in Diabetes Patients With Hypertension

    Although there is no cure for diabetes, physical activity has been recognized as one of the key elements in the prevention and management of this condition. Exercise is a proven treatment method to help people control their blood glucose levels and is a great way to help people manage their diabetes. Regular physical activity is also known to reduce high blood pressure, and can therefore significantly reduce a person’s risk of developing diabetic-related health complications. This study is being carried out to determine the health benefits associated with different types of exercise in people with diabetes. It is our aim to create individualized exercise programs to help diabetes patients manage their condition and live a greater quality of life.



    Effect of Vestibular Nerve Stimulation in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

    There is an ongoing and worsening problem with type 2 diabetes in much of the developing world. There is a growing realisation that that exposure to diets rich in sugar and fat, particularly in childhood, can damage the part of the brain that determines how much fat there is in the body. This may play a role in the development of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and poor glycaemic control. Animal and human studies suggest that a non-invasive neurological process called Vestibular Nerve Stimulation (VeNS) pushes the body’s set- point for fat downwards resulting in fat loss, possibly because this indicates to the brain a state of increased physical activity. VeNS may additionally have other direct, yet to be quantified, effects on diabetic outcomes such as glycaemic control. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of VeNS, together with a lifestyle modification program (hypocaloric diet) as a method of treating type 2 diabetes mellitus.


    The Smartphone, Behaviour, and Mood Study

    Health psychology researchers at UCD School of Psychology are recruiting participants for a study exploring psychological well-being in people with type 2 diabetes. Dr Sonya Deschênes is an Assistant Professor and Ms Amy Mc Inerney is an Ad Astra PhD Student.

    Gender and Age differences in Diabetes Distress

    This is a quantitative study that will examine the impact of type of diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2), gender and age differences on scores of diabetes distress. This is for my Final Year Project in University College of Cork.


    Correlators of Diabetes Distress in young adults living with type 1/ type 2 diabetes

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between Diabetes Distress (DD), social support (SS) and social anxiety within Irish young adults living with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes aged 18-25, using validated measures. The level of DD in young people aged 18-25 will be measured using the Diabetes Distress Scale (DDS).



    A qualitative study of middle to older adults, concerning the impact of living and coping with Type 2 Diabetes

    The research project aims to interview individuals in middle to older adulthood (ages 45 to 65) on their experience of living with and coping with Type 2 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The design of this study specifically seeks to understand the lived experiences of this demographic concerning the concept of diabetes distress.



    So’ME T1ME: Social Media and Psychological Wellbeing in Young People with Type 1 Diabetes

    The aim of the project is to get a better understanding of young people with type 1 diabetes’ (T1D) experiences of social media and to explore the helpful and less helpful aspects of this online world. Ultimately, we want to gather information to support the safety of young people with T1D online and to build resilience to deal with hurtful or unpleasant social media content. This topic has never been more important, considering the upsurge in social media use due to COVID-19.

    We are working with a Youth Advisory Team of young people living with T1D who are acting as co-researchers with us. Together, we plan to host a series of online focus groups with young people with T1D (aged 13-20) to explore the topic of social media and wellbeing. Every young person who participates will get a £15 Amazon voucher. We also hope to conduct focus groups with diabetes healthcare professionals .We plan to use creative and engaging activities to facilitate discussion of this complex and sensitive topic.


    Household Medication Practices and Medication Safety of People who are “Cocooning” During the Covid-19 Pandemic: a Descriptive Qualitative Study

    Those who are staying at home and reducing contact with other people during the Covid-19 pandemic are likely at greater risk of medication-related problems than the general population due to older age, medical vulnerability and changes in household mobility, wellbeing and support structures. This study aims to explore household medication practices by and for this population, identify practices that benefit or jeopardise medication safety and develop a patient-centred framework of medication practices, grounded in individual experiences.



    Measuring the Impact of Diabetes Distress on Parents of Children with Type 1 Diabetes

    This study aims to examine the impact of parenting a child with Type 1 diabetes on distress and quality of life from the perspective of the parent and to determine if there is a positive outcome or benefit in parenting a child with Type 1 diabetes. Coping with diabetes can be overwhelming and have a huge impact on everyday life; diabetes-related emotional distress is the feeling of being overwhelmed by the diabetes regimen of burdensome self-care demands. Studies have shown that diabetes distress can be a barrier to optimal diabetes management.


    The Impact of Living with a Chronic-Illness on Young Adults in Ireland 

    This study aims to examine the way in which living with Diabetes, and other chronic illnesses, impacts young people in Ireland. We are interested in exploring how various treatments, diagnoses, personal coping and family factors might influence outcomes. The results of this research will contribute to a growing knowledge base on chronic illness, which we hope will be used to identify effective, relevant pathways for future intervention to improve quality of life and promote better well-being for young people living with chronic illness.


    Atlantia Type II Diabetes Study

    Atlantia Food Clinical Trials is carrying out a study that will test if the investigational product, a probiotic, can help improve markers of metabolic health (e.g. glucose, insulin and blood lipid levels) of type 2 diabetes adults by modulating the makeup of the gut microbiome.

    Designing Personal Heating Wearable Devices for Limbs Coldness

    This study aims to investigate  the design of personal heating wearable devices that offer relief to people suffering from cold intolerance (for example, Diabetes Patients, Polio Survivors and Raynaud’s Phenomenon’s Sufferers), for whom body temperature control is a problem. Patients of these three diseases, because of their poor blood circulation combined with a range of other medical reasons, suffer from severe cold in their limbs.

    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. The Initial part of the study involved conducting focus groups. The aims of these focus groups was 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.