USF Diabetes Center
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Diabetes Research: Finding a Cure

The USF Diabetes Center is an international leader in type 1 diabetes research.  Our program’s goals are to help families with type 1 diabetes by investigating ways to prevent onset of the disease, to identify at-risk individuals years before clinical symptoms occur and to test cutting edge new therapies for those living with T1D. 

In addition to its role participating in T1D research, the USF Diabetes Center is a global leader in the Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet research consortium as one of twenty TrialNet Clinical Centers worldwide.  

The USF Diabetes Center also offers a number of research opportunities to individuals living with type 2 diabetes (T2D) with a focus on developing new therapies for children and adolescents with T2D.

Find a Study

Have a Question about Research?

Email or Call Us at (813) 396-2595 or check out some of our most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. I don’t have much free time in my schedule. Can I still participate in research?
    • A. Yes! Research studies vary widely in the amount of time required to take part.  While some studies may require multiple visits over weeks, months, or years, other studies may only require one visit.  Our study coordinators will discuss time commitment with you before you agree to participate.
  2. Do I have to be a USF Diabetes Center patient to participate?
    • A. No. We welcome anyone who is interested in our research studies.
  3. How Much Does It Cost To Participate in a Study?
    • A. Typically, research participants are not charged for any costs associated with a study such as study medication or supplies, physical exams and education. Some studies may offer compensation for travel costs and stipends for your time and effort.  However, costs covered for studies may vary.  Our study coordinators will discuss the compensation offered or costs covered by our research studies with you before you agree to participate.
  4. I’m Not Sure about Taking an Experimental Medication. Who Is Making Sure I’m Safe?
    • A. There are a number of safeguards in place to ensure a participant’s safety. Federal regulations require that all clinical research involving human participants are reviewed and approved by an independent Institutional Review Board.  All known risks will be explained to you during the informed consent process before you agree to participate in a study.  Finally, if you participate in a study, your health will be closely monitored and, if necessary, treatment may be modified or suspended.  It is important to remember that all research is strictly voluntary and you may decide at any time to withdraw from a study.
  5. Do Participants Have to Come to Tampa?
    • A. Travel requirements vary according to the study. If you do not live in the Tampa Bay area, and you are required to come to Tampa for study visits, travel expenses may be paid by the sponsor.  TrialNet T1D studies are coordinated all over the country and may be offered in your area if you are not local to Tampa.  Please contact us for more information about sites involved in TrialNet research or click here to be screened online for T1D.
  6. I’d like to Have Family Members Screened for Their Risk of Developing Diabetes but I’m Afraid Our Insurance Company Might Find Out about the Results. Who Will Have Access to Our Test Results?
    • A. Your privacy is one of our top priorities. Only research staff, the study sponsors and individuals responsible for ensuring your safety will have access to your information.  Your research information does not become part of your medical record and is not shared with your insurance company.  Our study coordinators will discuss the details about how a particular study’s information is handled with you before you agree to participate.
  7. How Can I Find out Which Studies are Looking for Participants?
    • All studies offered at our center that are actively enrolling participants are described under Find a Study. We also maintain a USF Diabetes Center Online Registry of individuals interested in learning more about diabetes, events and research studies. 

Do you have other questions?  Email or Call Us at (813) 396-2595