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T1DCRN awards $350K in seed funding grants

Two promising research projects have been targeted to receive contract seed funding grants, and will benefit from $350K in funding from the Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network (T1DCRN), itself an innovative clinical research program led by JDRF Australia and funded by a Special Research Initiative through the Australian Research Council (ARC).

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These two projects will explore new directions in curing and treating T1D and its complications. Read More

Tool could help predict lack of ‘honeymoon phase’ in young people with type 1 diabetes

A new study has developed a prediction tool to help clinicians predict which newly diagnosed children and adolescents are unlikely to experience a period of remission.

The remission phase, also called the honeymoon phase, is the period of time after clinical diagnosis of T1D where the body can make just enough insulin (“endogenous” insulin) to control blood glucose levels either without needing insulin injections or with significantly lower doses.  Read More

Children with type 1 diabetes at risk of acute kidney injury following DKA

A new study has found that children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) who are hospitalised for Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) are more likely to develop acute kidney injury (AKI), a sudden episode of renal failure or damage. DKA is a severe complication that occurs with prolonged hyperglycaemia. It may occur at the initial presentation of newly diagnosed T1D or in someone with pre-existing T1D in times of illness or insulin omission.
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First audit of national data from Australia’s unique registry highlights an urgent need to improve glycaemic control in young people with T1D.

International diabetes registries report that many young people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) do not meet their recommended targets for glycaemic control, however relevant Australian data has been lacking. The Australasian Diabetes Data Network (ADDN) funded by the Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network (T1DCRN) and led by the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Society (APEG) and Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) is a secure, centralised database that captures de-identified clinical data from thousands of people after diagnosis of T1D on a single purpose built database. The ADDN study group has published the first national surveillance of glycaemic control and management of type 1 diabetes in young people in Australia.

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TEDDY project highlights benefit of being diagnosed before symptoms of type 1 diabetes appear

There are a number of genes linked to type 1 diabetes (T1D), but not everyone with genetic predisposition develops the condition. This suggests that there are likely environmental triggers that stimulate the development of T1D. The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY), a study part supported by JDRF, is a large prospective, longitudinal cohort study investigating the environmental factors that may contribute to T1D development.

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An article published by the TEDDY study group in Paediatric Diabetes this month highlights the benefits of early diagnosis of children at risk of T1D. Children involved in TEDDY are from six large clinical centres across the US and Europe and are being followed from birth until 15 years of age to track diet, illness, body growth and other life experiences.

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T1DCRN awards $4.5 million in innovative research grants

Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, and The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Sport, have today announced the recipients of Innovation Award grants for research into type 1 diabetes.

Three bold, promising research projects have been selected and will benefit from $4.5 million in funding from the Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network (T1DCRN), itself an innovative clinical research program led by JDRF Australia and funded by a Special Research Initiative through the Australian Research Council (ARC).

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In an exciting paradigm shift that aims to accelerate patient impact, the research funded by the Innovation Award grants will explore new directions in the search for a cure for type 1 diabetes, including concepts that have never before been investigated.

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Consensus report to help people with type 1 diabetes exercise safely

A report by leading type 1 diabetes experts from around the world has for the first time provided consensus on managing blood glucose levels safely while exercising.

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The report, ‘Exercise management in type 1 diabetes: a consensus statement’ was published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal and involved a team of 21 researchers, including T1DCRN researchers Professor Tim Jones, Professor Paul Fournier and Dr Carmel Smart. They undertook a review of current published studies to understand the activity levels of those living with type 1 diabetes and how different types of exercise affect blood glucose levels.  Read More

Australian diabetes expert receives Australia Day honour

JDRF is proud to congratulate Professor Mark Cooper, Head of Diabetes in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, who was awarded an AO (Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia) on Australia Day this month.

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This award is the most prestigious means of recognising outstanding members of the community at a national level.

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Evidence building for possible virus link in T1D development

A new study suggests a link between enteroviruses, and the development of type 1 diabetes (T1D). This study, part-funded by JDRF, isn’t the first to find this link but the authors say it’s the largest and most definitive study of its kind to date.

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Professor Keikki HyÖty and Dr Hanna Honkanen led this study published in Diabetologia at the University of Tampere in Finland. They found that children at high risk of T1D who then go on to develop the disease, had a higher number of enterovirus infections compared to those without the disease.

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