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JDRF clinical research features at American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Scientific Sessions 2018

This year’s American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida highlighted some important JDRF-supported research underway, encompassing breakthrough clinical trials and significant research findings that are paving the way to novel and emerging treatments for T1D.

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First class of future research leaders feel fibre might find a faster cure

A world first program designed to help medical researchers in type one diabetes develop their leadership skills to help take innovations out of the lab and into the real world has graduated its first intake. The graduates, announced in Canberra on June 26th 2018, have already put their skills into practice, securing funding to look at a dietary supplement that could stop type one diabetes. Read More

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

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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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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Australian diabetes expert recognised with prestigious international award

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

A new individualised approach to severe hypoglycaemia

T1DCRN researcher Professor Thomas Kay from St Vincent’s Institute in Melbourne and an international team of specialists have developed a new four-stage treatment plan to tackle problematic hypoglycaemia.

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Severe hypoglycaemia is experienced by a third of people with type 1 diabetes at least once per year, when they will require another person to assist them in recovery. Severe hypoglycaemia can usually be explained by exercise, alcohol or errors in insulin dose, but in some people it is unpredictable and can occur seemingly without explanation.  This problematic hypoglycaemia has significant impacts on health and quality of life, but can be difficult to treat. Read More

T1DCRN researcher Maria Craig receives prestigious Professorship

“You have been amazing and a blessing for my son since he was diagnosed seven years ago”.

“We are so blessed to have this amazing woman as our endocrinologist”.

“She’s been there since day one for us”.

These are just a few of the things Maria Craig’s patients and their families say about this popular endocrinologist. What her patients may not know is that Maria Craig is also one of Australia’s leading researchers in the field of type 1 diabetes, and in January was conferred with the title of Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology by the University of Sydney and the University of NSW. This highly esteemed title was awarded to Professor Craig in recognition of her leadership in cutting-edge clinical research that is unravelling the causes of type 1 diabetes, and investigating possible ways to prevent it.

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Professor Craig first developed an interest in type 1 diabetes research when she was a young medical student. “I volunteered for a children’s diabetes camp and have never looked back”, she said. She went on to complete her PhD in 2002, a Master of Medical Epidemiology in 2003, and is currently a paediatric endocrinologist specialising in type 1 diabetes at the Children’s Hospital in Westmead. Professor Craig says JDRF has been instrumental in helping to establish her research career, “not only funding, but support, and facilitating meetings which in turn have helped to foster vital collaborations and connections”. Read More