the NHS have set up a site for diabetics to register interest in being involved in research. It's at http://www.researchforthefuture.org/
I think it looks fantastic, apparently many researchers find it hard to find diabetics to invite to studies. I expect this site and project will lower the costs and time of finding people, and so help us all.
I had a chat with the TuDiabetes admins who's asked that we discuss it - as UK diabetics who know about the NHS they'd like our input before they put a TuDiabetes "stamp of approval" on it.
Personally I think it's a great project to get involved in and spread the word about. I get a lot of strength from being involved in helping the search for a cure, even in small ways like answering questionnaires for students. It helps me feel that things might get better for us or even future generations.
What do you think?