JDRF-funded researcher Professor Mark Cooper, Chief Scientific Officer and Head of the Diabetes Division at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Research Institute, has become the first Australian to receive the prestigious Claude Bernard award from the European Association for the Study of Diabetes this month. Read More
Minister Simon Birmingham has announced that nearly $4 million has been awarded to Australian researchers for the Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network (T1DCRN) Australasian Diabetes Data Network (ADDN) and Career Development Awards.
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Infection with a common virus known as coxsackievirus B has long been thought to be associated with the development of type 1 diabetes. Now, researchers have published evidence that this virus could be driving the activity of the very genes that increase the risk of developing type 1 diabetes. Read More
Giving probiotics to babies in the first few weeks of life may lower their risk of developing type 1 diabetes, a recent study has found.
The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics found that children who were given probiotics within the first 27 days of life had a 60% reduction in the risk of developing islet autoimmunity, compared with children who were first given probiotics after 27 days or not at all. Read More
JDRF partner Sanofi and Lexicon Pharmaceuticals have announced a new collaboration to develop and commercialise a new oral drug for the treatment of type 1 diabetes.
The drug is called sotagliflozin and is used in conjunction with insulin to help improve blood glucose levels by blocking glucose absorption in the kidneys and the gut. Read More
The Australian Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network has partnered with the Immune Tolerance Network to launch a new Australian clinical trial to slow the development of newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes in children.
The EXTEND-P trial is expected to begin recruitment in March 2016 to test the ability of an existing drug called tocilizumab to preserve beta cell function. Tocilizumab, sold under the brand name Actemra, is currently approved for use in children with juvenile arthritis. Read More
JDRF International in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has published a new classification system for identifying and defining the early, pre-clinical stages of type 1 diabetes (T1D).
The Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network (T1DCRN) announced today that over $14 million in grants have been awarded to Australian researchers for clinical research projects commencing in 2016.
This funding forms part of the $35 million funding awarded to the T1DCRN by the Australian Research Council, and will support five innovative programs targeting a broad range of T1D research areas including: Read More
A new technique that could drastically improve outcomes of human islet transplantation has been successful in a world-first clinical trial.
The technique, developed by the US-based Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) and supported in part by JDRF funding, involves transplanting islets in a biodegradable ‘scaffold’ into the omentum, a fold of tissue that covers and protects the abdominal organs. Read More
People with type 1 diabetes (T1D) may be able to preserve their remaining beta cells with alefacept, a drug normally used for psoriasis.
A recent clinical trial has shown that alefacept was able to slow or halt the progression of beta cell destruction in people newly diagnosed with T1D, even two years after completing treatment. Read More