The next chapter of JDRF’s story: Breakthrough T1D

June 04, 2024

Welcome to the next chapter of our story. 

Over the past few years, we’ve had feedback from the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community and potential supporters about how our organisation, and particularly our name, is perceived. We’ve listened, and we’re very excited to share that JDRF is commencing a global rebrand.  

As a result, we’ll soon be known by a new name: Breakthrough T1D.  

This change will be made by other JDRF organisations around the world first, and JDRF Australia will follow in approximately March 2025.  

Why we’re making the change 

Since our inception over 50 years ago, JDRF has been on a mission to find cures and improve lives in the T1D community. Research has been driving us closer towards our vision of a world without T1D, and we won’t stop until our ultimate goals are realised.  

We want to make sure that our organisation reflects our community members the way they want it to. This change signifies a new era for us and brings us in line with how much our organisation, our community, and T1D science has evolved since our beginnings many decades ago. While type 1 diabetes was once often called “juvenile diabetes” – which is where we got our name, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – we know that the condition doesn’t just affect children, and that it can be diagnosed at any age. The feedback we’ve received is that it’s time our name reflects that.   

Our new name, Breakthrough T1D, speaks to T1D breakthroughs big and small: from groundbreaking research, to improving access, to creating a community – we break through barriers to move the entire T1D community forward. 

It helps us tell a clear story that is inclusive of the entire T1D community, because we know that every person, no matter their age or stage of T1D, needs more T1D breakthroughs for a better and brighter future.  

Our vision 

Importantly, our vision is unchanged: A world without T1D. And our mission remains the same: Improving lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat T1D and its complications.  

What’s next in Australia 

You may have noticed our affiliates in the United States and around the world are now known as Breakthrough T1D. In Australia, we’re holding off making the change until approximately March 2025. This is because 2024 is a very big year for us, with vital research projects and a significant advocacy campaign underway. We want to ensure we make the change at a time that makes sense for us.  

We look forward to answering any questions you might have along the way – you can always get in touch with queries and comments by emailing 

For more information about the rebrand, click through here