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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]