Diabetes is a serious health condition characterised by high blood glucose levels. It is caused by defective production or action of insulin, the main hormone responsible for controlling blood glucose levels.


Our diabetes researchers work on type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Their work aims to better understand how these different forms of diabetes occur with a view to developing better ways to prevent and treat diabetes.

Our diabetes research

Our diabetes researchers are pursuing basic, translational and clinical research to improve the health of people with diabetes. Their research includes:

  • Revealing how the immune system contributes to diabetes.
  • Understanding how insulin binds to cells, to assist in the creation of better forms of insulin for treating diabetes.
  • Developing better ways to diagnose diabetes early and prevent disease progression that requires insulin injections.

Read more about research into type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Above: Dr John Menting and Professor Mike Lawrence investigate how insulin and the related insulin-like growth factors signal into cells.
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