Diabetes Genes

Diabetes Alliance for Research in England (DARE)

(Previously known as the Exeter Research Alliance (EXTRA) study)

DARE Study recruitment is now closed. Thank you for your interest and participation.

On the 31 July 2017 the Diabetes Alliance for Research in England (DARE) Study closed to recruitment and will no longer be recruiting any new volunteers.

Who has taken part?

Since the study started in 2007 over 12,000 people have volunteered within the Exeter area and greater than 60,000 nationwide.

The study has recruited both individuals with diabetes (diabetic group) and also partners, spouses and friends who do not have a family history of diabetes (control group). This has enabled the comparison of people who have diabetes with those of a similar age and environmental exposure who do not have diabetes.

What does this mean for DARE?

The DARE Study will continue as planned to follow up those participants already taking part and to carry on with extensive data analysis.

What does this mean for diabetes research?

The DARE Study is a community wide collaboration between patients and professionals to provide a research resource to enable further study into the causes and complications of diabetes. This study has established an epidemiological based sample of patients with diabetes within the Exeter region and nationwide. The information gathered will act as a resource and platform for many different forms of diabetes research.

Important News

The DARE Study collects information (data) about research participants and we wish to clarify what we do with the data.

Click here to read the full privacy notice.

For more information please see relevant documents:

For participants recruited after 31 March 2014

For participants recruited between 5 November 2009 and 31 March 2014

If you are not based in the Exeter region, and would be interested in finding out about the DARE study in your area, please see the Diabetes Research Network website for details of your local research group.

Contact us:

If you have any questions about the DARE Study, please contact us:

Address:             DARE Study team

NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility

RILD Building

Barrack Road



Tel:                   01392 408181

Email:               crf@exeter.ac.uk

Chief Investigator for the DARE study is Professor Andrew Hattersley who is a Consultant Diabetologist at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital and Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Exeter Medical School.