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100 years ago, a type 1 diabetes diagnosis was terminal – learn how far we’ve come
Before 1921, a type 1 diabetes diagnosis was terminal. It spelt a death sentence with few effective treatments. 2022 marked 100 years since a few Canadian scientists successfully administered insulin to a human patient… but how did we get here? If you had T1D, you were likely put on one of many strict, fad diets. 1886 Bernhard Naunyn, one of the biggest […]
Talking T1D Research with Prof Tom Kay
Prof Tom Kay is Director of St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, and Principal Investigator of the recently launched BANDIT clinical trial. BANDIT is looking at a drug called baricitinib, currently used in rheumatoid arthritis, that has the potential to slow or stop the destruction of beta cells in people with newly diagnosed […]
Talking with T1D Researchers: Highlights from IDS 2020
Every 18 months, the Immunology of Diabetes Society (IDS) Congress brings together the world’s brightest scientific minds to discuss the latest progress in understanding and treating T1D. This year’s virtual congress took place over 4 days in October, and featured presentations and discussions from a number of JDRF-funded Australian researchers at the top of their […]
How does a clinical trial work?
Clinical trials are an essential part of T1D research. Before any new intervention – whether it’s a drug, device, or test – can be made available to the public, researchers need to gather evidence that it is safe and effective for people to use. A clinical trial is the gold standard way to do this. Running […]
T1D Research Roundup: 5 Biggest Research Advances From This Year’s ADA Meeting
This year, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Scientific Sessions went virtual – over six days, researchers presented some of the biggest T1D research advances, with the sessions taking place entirely online. JDRF was the key funder and supporter of many of the top advances shared. Here’s our roundup of the most exciting breakthroughs to come […]
Talking T1D Research with Dr Sybil McAuley
Dr Sybil McAuley is an Endocrinologist and Senior Research Fellow at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and the University of Melbourne. She received her first JDRF award in 2013 for her doctoral research into new technology for blood glucose management. In 2018, she was invited to be part of JDRF and the Macquarie Group Foundation’s Future […]
A Researcher’s Life in Lockdown: Q&A with Dr Kirstine Bell
Dr Kirstine Bell is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator, dietitian and researcher who runs a type 1 diabetes research program at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. Earlier this year, Kirstie was selected to lead Australia’s first general population screening program for type 1 diabetes. We caught up with Kirstie to hear about […]
Fight Against Type 1 Diabetes Acknowledged in Australia Day Honours
JDRF are excited to announce that both advocates and staff have had their hard work and efforts acknowledged during the recent Australia Day celebrations. Victorian based Advocate Ellie-May Maguire was awarded the Young Citizen of the Year award for the Mornington Peninsula Shire and recognised for her work in helping JDRF secure over $50 million […]
Joining a Clinical Trial: John’s Story
John has a unique perspective on the importance of clinical trials. After years of helping to run cancer trials, he made the transition from research manager to research participant when he heard about a promising new treatment for retinopathy – eye damage caused by T1D. “My endocrinologist had mentioned this great new drug for retinopathy […]
The 10 Biggest Research Breakthroughs of 2019
2019 has been a year of milestones in our mission to cure, treat and prevent T1D – with huge advances in beta cell replacement, new targets for complication treatments, and the first ever therapy to delay the onset of T1D. Let’s look back on the year with ten of the biggest advances from the world […]
Islet Transplantation in Australia: A Journey from Bench to Bedside
2019 UPDATE: Islet transplantation has been in the news again recently, with promising advances towards making the treatment safe and effective for a wider group of people. Meanwhile, more Australians have had their lives changed by the Australian Islet Transplantation Program; as of 2019, 104 islet transplants have been performed in 62 recipients, and 18 […]
Joining a clinical trial: Bree’s ENDIA Story
Bree was worried her diabetes may be passed on to her future children, so she joined a research trial and discovered the many benefits of getting involved. I’ve always been pretty lucky with my diabetes; in my 18 years of living with it I really hadn’t experienced many complications or ongoing worries. But that did […]
Five things you might not know about clinical trials
Clinical trials are an essential part of research – without them, there wouldn’t be new treatments for T1D complications, improved insulin pump technology, or breakthroughs on how to prevent T1D. Before any new therapy – whether it’s a drug, device, or test – can be made available to the public, researchers need to show that […]
Screening for type 1 diabetes is becoming a reality – here’s what you need to know
For many people with type 1 diabetes (T1D), the first signs of the condition are the physical symptoms they experience – being thirsty, losing weight, or needing to urinate more often. But behind these physical signs, chemical markers may have been present in the blood for months, or even years. These markers – known as […]
Future Research Leaders: Meet Associate Professor Melinda Coughlan
Associate Professor Melinda Coughlan is Head of the Coughlan Lab at Monash University, leading research to stop complications of diabetes and understand dietary factors connected with the disease. She’s a rising star in the type 1 diabetes (T1D) research world, and that’s why we’re proud to have her as part of the JDRF/Macquarie Group Foundation Future Research Leaders program. When she’s not […]
Can T1D Scientists and Cancer Researchers Learn From Each Other? You Bet
You might be surprised to learn that there is an overlapping biology of cancer immunity and other autoimmune disorders. Our type 1 diabetes researchers aren’t! JDRF International hosted its first major workshop in North America on the topic of common mechanisms of autoimmunity earlier this year. The workshop was titled “Revisiting Autoimmunity: Can we use Novel […]
Seaweed Study Shows Encapsulation Promise
New research part-funded by JDRF has found a material derived from seaweed could help to protect insulin-producing beta cells after they’ve been transplanted into the body. Islet transplantation is currently limited to people who have unstable type 1 diabetes (T1D), particularly those with hypoglycaemic unawareness who suffer recurrent and severe ‘hypos’. While islet transplantation is […]
Does The Gut Hold the Answer to Preventing Type 1 Diabetes?
Gut bacteria and pancreatic function Australian researchers have found a direct link between the bacteria in our gut and pancreatic function All the microorganisms in the gut, including bacteria and viruses, make up what is called the gut microbiome. The microbiome influences our health and potentially our development of T1D. The group, led by JDRF […]
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