JDRF and the Macquarie Group Foundation continue their support of excellence and innovation in type 1 diabetes research with the Diabetes Global Research Innovation Awards. This Award will recognise international researchers who can impact innovation, influence research advances and foster international collaboration in the field of type 1 diabetes and its complications.
The winner will receive up to AUD$5000 to independently undertake short-term (up to 4 weeks) research that will influence their approach in addressing the focus of their work. The collaborating research group can be Australian or international, and must provide the winner with the necessary skills and expertise to further their research.
Examples of such work may include, but is not restricted to:
- Learning new research techniques at a collaborating research group
- Presenting research in domestic or international institutions, that will create or build upon relationships between research groups
- Undertaking research in a collaborating group that is renowned for its specialised work
- This Award is open only to applicants conducting their research outside of Australia.
- Applicants must be appropriately qualified (PhD, MB BS or equivalent).
- Applicants must hold a current position at an approved institution or organisation the time of application
The Diabetes Research Innovation Awards encourages the establishment of new connections between the participating research groups to build an international network of researchers focused on developing innovative therapies for people with type 1 diabetes.
All applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:
- Quality of the research, its relevance to the global JDRF research priorities and ability to contribute towards improving the lives of people with type 1 diabetes
- Quality of the applicant and their potential to gain prominence in influencing the field of type 1 diabetes research
- Value of the award in contributing towards improving the applicant’s skills and expertise for innovative research advances in type 1 diabetes.
The Awards are reviewed by a panel of eminent medical researchers in the field of type 1 diabetes and representatives of the type 1 diabetes community.
Applications Are open year-round and will be reviewed periodically.
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Previous Award Winners
2014 Australian Award Winner: Dr Stuart Mannering, St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research
"Stuart Mannering has a very strong record of innovation in type 1 diabetes and many researchers around the world would recognise him for this." - Professor Thomas Kay, Director, St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research
The focus of Dr Mannering’s research is to develop immune-therapies to prevent or treat type 1 diabetes (T1D). He seeks to identify the targets on β-cells that cause T-cells to identify them as a threat. He has recently discovered that these T-cells recognise “proinsulin”, insulin’s precursor. The next stage of this research is to find out what the T-cells do next that causes β-cells to be destroyed.
This award will allow Dr Mannering to visit three international laboratories noted for innovative T1D and immune-based research. There, he will learn new and innovative techniques for studying T-cell responses and build important international collaborations which will further his research into this important area.