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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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Australia’s largest study on the causes of T1D receives $8m boost

JDRF Australia has today announced that a new $8 million partnership with The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, for investment into the Australian Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network (T1DCRN), a JDRF Australia initiative.

This partnership will support Environmental Determinants of Islet Autoimmunity (ENDIA), a ground-breaking study to help solve the mystery of what causes type 1 diabetes.

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ENDIA study will investigate 1,400 pregnant women and their babies, and is Australia’s largest study into the environmental causes of type 1 diabetes. The new funding for ENDIA will enable researchers to complete recruitment for the study in major hospitals across the country (listed below), as well as funding novel scientific investigations in Australia’s leading research institutes and universities. Read More