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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 […]

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Discovery paves way for type 1 diabetes therapy
Published on October 25, 2018

Researchers at St Vincent’s Institute (SVI) in Melbourne led by JDRF Career Development Award recipient, Associate Professor Stuart Mannering, have identified a key target of the immune response that causes type 1 diabetes (T1D). We know that that T1D is caused by the immune system destroying insulin-producing beta cells, however the immune system is extremely […]

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Does the gut hold the answer to preventing type 1 diabetes?
Published on October 2, 2018

Australian researchers have found a direct link between the bacteria in our gut and pancreatic function in people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and those at high risk, for the first time. All the microorganisms in the gut, including bacteria and viruses, make up what is called the gut microbiome. The microbiome influences our health […]

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Seaweed study shows encapsulation promise
Published on September 27, 2018

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 […]

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What have our Future Research Leaders been up to?
Published on September 3, 2018

These past two months have been busy for the future leaders of Australian type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, with one group of the JDRF/Macquarie Group Foundation Future Research Leaders Program (FRLP) finishing up their leadership skills workshops for the year, and another group just beginning. An initiative of JDRF and principally supported by the Macquarie […]

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Advocates prevail in the eye of the Canberra storm
Published on August 31, 2018

On Thursday 23 August, JDRF’s Kids in the House event came to life, a culmination of more than 12 months’ hard work by JDRF staff, advocates and their families to remind politicians of the importance of continuing to fund research to unlock a cure for type 1 diabetes. Over 100 advocates and their families descended on […]

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Spotlight on Future Research Leader, Dr Kirstine Bell
Published on August 6, 2018

Dr Kirstine Bell, better known to some as Kirstie, learnt a lot from the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community about what it’s like to live with the condition while she worked as a dietitian and credentialled diabetes educator (CDE). Hearing from her patients got Dr Bell thinking, “there’s got to be a better way of […]

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