Hitting the ‘on’ switch for smart insulin
Published on February 10, 2016

Calibr, the California Institute for Biomedical Research, is a unique interdisciplinary institute poised to create a ‘smart insulin’ that can better control glucose for people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), in a project funded by JDRF. The new GRI adopts a different strategy than ever tried before: a novel antibody platform designed with a […]

Seeking common ground between T1D and MS
Published on December 1, 2015

MS Research Australia and JDRF Australia have co-awarded an innovative research fellowship for a new study looking for overlaps between two autoimmune diseases – multiple sclerosis (MS) and type 1 diabetes (T1D), thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Macquarie Group Foundation. Dr Grant Parnell, a young medical researcher at The Westmead Institute for Medical […]

William’s prize-winning invention lands him at NASA
Published on October 28, 2015

Congratulations to William as he’s off to NASA in the USA as a prize winner for this disposal kit! Earlier in the year, we released a post about Canberra schoolboy William for his innovative blood test strip disposal kit and how his invention may land him onto an Innovation Adventure as a finalist for the […]

JDRF releases new classification system for the early stages of T1D
Published on October 26, 2015

JDRF International in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has published a new classification system for identifying and defining the early, pre-clinical stages of type 1 diabetes (T1D). Currently, T1D is not diagnosed until the onset of acute symptoms such as rapid and unexpected weight loss and unquenchable thirst. Diagnosis often occurs in the […]

A big week for type 1 diabetes
Published on October 23, 2015
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Dear Friends You may have seen quite a bit of media recently about attempts to encourage the Government to fund Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs). There has been some widespread coverage of work being done particularly by the Danii Meads Barlow Foundation and Donna Meads-Barlow, as well as Diabetes Australia and JDRF. It is great to […]

Preventing T1D using an immune system protein
Published on September 15, 2015

New research from Sweden has shown promising progress in the use of the anti-inflammatory protein interleukin-35 (IL-35) for preventing T1D. IL-35 is produced by regulatory T-cells (Tregs), which control and direct the activity of different components of the immune system. In a healthy immune system, IL-35 helps to suppress inflammation and prevent killer immune cells […]

Insulin pumps reduce risk of fatal heart disease
Published on September 14, 2015

Cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, can be a complication of type 1 diabetes (T1D) due to the uncontrolled rise and fall of blood sugar levels damaging nerves and blood vessels. A new study has now shown that adults could reduce their risk of fatal heart disease by using insulin pump therapy instead of multiple daily […]


Media Release 9 September 2015 Australian research boosted with $14 million diabetes grants Today the Hon. Christopher Pyne, Minister for Education and Training, announced over $14 million in grants for research into type 1 diabetes, a chronic disease affecting more than 120,000 Australians. The grants are issued by the Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network […]

JDRF says thanks to Professor Martin Silink AO
Published on August 28, 2015

In 1982, a group of Australian parents came together to form what became known as the Diabetes Youth Foundation. Years later, the DYF became JDRF Australia. One year after they formed, the DYF made their first ever “Getting Started” grant to the only paediatric endocrinologist in Australia at the time, Professor Martin Silink. The $7000 […]