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Research is vital to improving the lives of people with diabetes. Both healthy subjects as well as individuals with diabetes are always needed!

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Listen to the team describe working closely together towards their common goal of finding new treatments and new ways to prevent diabetic complications, and to two research participants who talk about their experiences participating in clinical trials.

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Hear Dr. Rodica Pop-Busui explain why clinical research with human subjects is so vital to discoveries that help patients, and meet a research participant with type 1 diabetes, Bob Gilmore, who shares why he volunteers for clinical research studies.

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Why Patients Volunteer for Clinical Research Studies

Learning more about my disease - Roxann

Volunteer Roxann Fatchett-Harrington is making a difference in diabetes research by being part of a University of Michigan clinical study after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 17.

"I feel very fortunate that I got into the study. It set me up for a lifetime of good care. I learned the best way to take care of my diabetes."

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Helping to advance knowledge about my disease - Mike

Volunteer Mike Tokai knows that type 2 diabetes is a very complex problem, because he has it. And he is making a difference by participating in clinical research studies to find new drugs to help with the disease!

"I'm part of a team...I think it's everybody's responsibility to do what they can and not to be counting on the other guy to be doing it for them. We're all in this together! And the way we're going to get out of it is together."

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How to Participate in Clinical Research

U-M MEND Division, Dr. Pop-Busui

Contact Us to Learn More

Virginia Leone, MA
Clinical Subjects Coordinator
Phone: (734) 936-8656

Cynthia Plunkett, RNC, CCRC
Clinical Nurse
Phone: (734) 936-8065

Sign Up for Our Research Study Notifications

Once you have created an account on or have registered at the Diabetes Research Registry, you will automatically be notified if studies open up for which you qualify.

Find Specific Diabetes Clinical Research Studies

You may use the below links to find diabetes clinical research studies for which you may qualify. Healthy subjects without diabetes are sometimes also needed.

What It's Like to Live with Diabetes

U-M MEND Division, Cynthia Plunkett, RNC

Diabetes is a devastating disease that takes its toll in the serious complications that can arise. Ranked seventh overall as a cause of death, diabetes is the nation’s leading cause of heart disease and stroke, kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness in the United States. However, techniques for self-management and proper health care by diabetes-aware medical professionals make all the difference in minimizing the risks and potential consequences of having diabetes. The University of Michigan, thanks to the research of Dr. Rodica Pop-Busui and her many colleagues, is a worldwide leader in the cutting-edge treatment of diabetes and prevention of its complications, thanks to the research being done right here!

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