People with type 1 diabetes (T1D) have to live with it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. But this year’s American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) 78th Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida brought hope and inspiration to people living with T1D. The ADA 78th Scientific Sessions highlighted some important JDRF-funded and […]

Response statement – CGM coverage on The Project
Published on July 6, 2018
Research Progress

You may have seen some media coverage on The Project this week on the need for access to Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) and its funding for adults over 21. JDRF Australia is strongly supportive of this need and has been a long-term and passionate advocate for the benefits of CGM for all people living with […]

New insulin production findings contradict older beliefs
Published on June 27, 2018

New research part-funded by JDRF has found that insulin production rapidly declines after diagnosis but then stabilises after seven years. These findings open new doors to develop methods to preserve and regenerate remaining beta cells in the pancreas years after diagnosis. Historically, researchers thought that all beta cells are destroyed in type 1 diabetes (T1D). […]

Looking to the future: JDRF Research Strategy Meeting
Published on June 21, 2018

As one financial year comes to a close, JDRF is full steam ahead on work to fund the next stage of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. At the global internal research strategy meeting this month, JDRF’s team of scientists met with members of the JDRF Research Committee, as well as key opinion leaders from the […]

Our first ENDIA triplets!
Published on June 5, 2018

Melinda’s family has just doubled in size, as bouncing baby triplets have joined her, her husband and their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Gemma. The three boys, Gennaro, Carmine and Renato, were born on 23 May 2018, and even before they made their grand entrance to the world, they’ve been helping us to find out what causes type 1 […]

Helping precious islets reach their destination safely
Published on May 25, 2018

Australia has three Islet Transplantation Centres (ITC), but only two islet isolation facilities. That means that precious donated islets sometimes have a way to go to get to their destination. Australian researchers have specially designed ‘egg cartons’ to provide oxygen and physically separate the islets, keeping more of them alive during transport.


Researchers have gained insight from a new study into how environmental factors such as viruses could contribute to the development of type 1 diabetes (T1D) and other autoimmune conditions. The study found that a protein produced by a virus binds to different genes associated with seven autoimmune conditions including T1D. Only about 5% of people […]

Meet Future Research Leader, Dr Harald Janovjak
Published on May 4, 2018

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Australia Group Leader Harald Janovjak is new to Australia, lured here by the strong academic atmosphere, excellent life quality and amazing nature. We’re similarly excited to have him on-board as new talent to the field of type 1 diabetes research. Hailing from Switzerland, Dr Harald Janovjak has lived in Austria […]


Researchers based out of the University of Queensland have found a way to identify babies who will develop type 1 diabetes (T1D) in future. The team, including JDRF-funded researcher Ahmed Mehdi, examined data collected over 10 years from children at risk of type 1 diabetes. Before getting T1D, genetically-susceptible individuals develop islet autoantibodies, often during the […]