The first group of talented scientists have completed the JDRF/Macquarie Group Foundation Future Research Leaders Program and secured funding for an exciting new study.

The JDRF advocacy team were back in Canberra this week, with advocates, politicians, researchers and supporters – celebrating the first group of researchers to complete the Program.  The Program was established by JDRF and funded by the Macquarie Group Foundation.

The Program, which is designed to provide researchers with the tools and support to help take their discoveries out of the lab and into the real world, has already been a roaring success. The first group of researchers, have already collaborated and managed to secure $350,000 for a study that has the potential to have a real impact on people living with type 1 diabetes.

The study will look at a modified starch, which has already been proven by one of the group, Dr Eliana Marino (above right), to stop type 1 diabetes in mice. The research team want to see if it could have the same effect in humans. The study will first make sure its safe to be tested in humans, with clinical trials due to begin in 2019.

In Canberra this week, both Minister for Health Greg Hunt MP, and Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham, congratulated the researchers on their achievements to date. Both politicians expressed their excitement that this research was based locally, and their continued support for research into type 1 diabetes.

The event was also an opportunity for a number of local advocates to thank both the ministers, and researchers, for their continued efforts to turn type one into type none.

In addition, we had plenty of media coverage of the research and took some great pictures.

The event was a great success, but only a small warm up for our major event in Canberra this year – Kids In The House – now less than two months away. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the date.

Read the full media release for this announcement.

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