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JDRF funds research into pig islet transplantation
Published on May 3, 2010
General News

JDRF has announced a one year industry partnership with an Australian company to support a clinical trial into the use of encapsulated pig islets to treat type 1 diabetes. The trial, being conducted in New Zealand by Living Cell Technologies, involves eight adult patients with established type 1 diabetes and hypoglycemia unawareness – a constant […]

New artificial pancreas uses two hormones instead of one
Published on April 22, 2010
General News

The JDRF Artificial Pancreas Consortium has made significant advancements in their quest to develop a safe and effective automated diabetes management system, with trials already showing it is possible to maintain healthy blood glucose levels in people with type 1 diabetes without the need for human intervention. To date, the closed-loop systems tested have combined […]

Boral & Macquarie joint winners of the Freedom Award
Published on April 13, 2010
General News

JDRF is proud to award the 2009 Freedom Award to joint recipients for the first time in the history of this prestigious award. These recipients are Boral Limited and Macquarie Group. The JDRF Freedom Award recognises the highest corporate fundraising organisation over a calendar year and represents a deep and significant partnership between these organisations […]

New vaccine safely stops beta cell attack
Published on April 13, 2010
General News

JDRF researchers from Canada show that a new vaccine can cure type 1 diabetes in mice and slow the onset of the condition in mice at risk of the disease. Type 1 diabetes is caused when a persons own immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Whilst the precise trigger of […]

Pancreas cells can convert to produce insulin
Published on April 9, 2010
General News

JDRF researchers have shown for the first time that other pancreas cells can spontaneously re-program themselves to produce insulin without the need for complex genetic modification or surgical transplantation. Under healthy conditions, beta cells regenerate slowly to respond to increased insulin requirements or to replace those lost by injury. In the case of type 1 […]

PM commits new funds for diabetes research
Published on March 19, 2010

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd yesterday committed to match a $500,000 funding contribution made by President of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in Australia, Dr Susan Alberti AO. He also committed to additional matching government funding for JDRF to a total of $5 million into the future. One hundred JDRF Youth Ambassadors aged 3 to […]

First islet transplant conducted in Adelaide
Published on March 11, 2010
General News

A South Australian woman has become the first person to receive an islet transplant at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide. Margaret Harrigan, a teacher from Adelaide, is producing her own insulin for the first time since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 36 years ago after receiving an islet transplant in January. Margaret had spent […]

Type 1 Diabetes Prevention Study
Published on March 11, 2010
General News

Are you under 30 years of age and have a relative with type 1 diabetes? Perhaps you have type 1 diabetes yourself and have family members that would like to make a contribution towards a cure. The Type 1 Diabetes Prevention Trial is an exciting study being run across Australia and New Zealand by the […]

What is… stem cell tourism?
Published on March 9, 2010
General News

“Stem cell tourism” is a term that has recently emerged to describe the increasing number of people heading overseas for medical stem cell treatments that are not approved or available in Australia. In Australia, and many other countries around the world, stem cell therapy is only approved to treat blood disorders such as leukemia. Whilst […]

To Canberra for the Cure!
Published on March 1, 2010

One hundred Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Youth Ambassadors aged 3 to 40, all with type 1 diabetes, will converge on Canberra to plead for continued government funding for type 1 diabetes research on 18 March. Supported by a crowd of family members, total numbers at Kids in the House will hit 300. They are visiting […]

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