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Project information

JDRF: Create a world without type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes doesn’t happen because you did something wrong; it’s a lifelong autoimmune condition affecting both adults and children. Every penny donated to this project will fund research to cure, treat and prevent the condition.

1 year

Charity information: JDRF

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  • Need


    "Our lives revolve around trying to keep George’s blood sugar levels in range. Only it isn’t just food that affects his blood sugars. Nerves do, the weather, anxiety, excitement, love in the playground, exercise, sickness… George can be too high. And then ten minutes later be too low, sometimes with no explanation."

    For 400,000 people in the UK like George, and his Dad Simon, this is the burden of life with type 1 diabetes.

    This project will fund research to lift that burden.


    Research has transformed the way we manage type 1 diabetes over the last 50 years.

    We need to keep this momentum going.

    From completing trials for an artificial pancreas, finding ways to grow new insulin-producing cells or developing a vaccine to prevent type 1, we’re funding some of the best scientists around the world to cure, treat and prevent this condition.

    We know research works. We need your help to make that research happen.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create a world without type 1


    » Fund research investigating ways to replace, protect or even re-grow insulin-producing cells, and to stop the immune attack.

    What success will look like

    Researchers will find more of the answers we need to tackle type 1, taking us another step closer to the cure. Results will be published in scientific papers and our newsletters.

    Aim 2

    To improve life for people with type 1 diabetes by developing new treatments.


    » Fund research to develop new treatments that will reduce the burden of managing type 1 & slow or stop the progression of potential complications.

    What success will look like

    We will be able to advance novel new therapies, improve recruitment to clinical studies and find more efficient ways to get treatments to people with type 1.

    Aim 3

    Lift the burden of this type 1 diabetes for future generations.


    » Fund research to understand the immune system fault that lies at the heart of the condition, with the aim of preventing type 1 diabetes.

    What success will look like

    We will be better able to identify the causes of type 1 and the influence of genetic & environmental factors, to find ways to prevent the condition in those at risk.

  • Impact


    "The cure, or simply better treatments like an artificial pancreas, would transform George’s life. It would bring release to me and my wife. The idea that we could let him sleep at night without worrying is just too wonderful to even imagine."

    Research will deliver better treatments that remove some of the effort and worry of managing type 1, and ultimately to find the cure.


    A risk associated with any medical research project is the loss of key staff. If this occurred there would be a short delay in the running of projects whilst the team recruited new members of staff to the project. Appropriate procedures are in place to manage other risks.


    Our researchers must produce annual progress and final research reports to JDRF. The reports are translated by our research communication team who make them accessible to a lay audience. We share the information on our website & in our supporter magazine, Type 1 Discovery and enewsletters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £75,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £75,000 Research Fund research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.
  • Background


    We are JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity. We are the leading global organisation funding type 1 diabetes research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat type 1 diabetes and its complications. We collaborate with the most talented minds to develop and deliver innovative therapies to people living with type 1. Our staff and volunteers around the world are dedicated to campaigning for our vision of a world without type 1.


    "George is 7 & asking questions. When he can go on a playdate by himself or the holy grail of a sleepover without Daddy."

    A world without type 1 would transform George’s life - no more being pulled out of school, told to sit down, stop having fun. For his Dad Simon, it means a full night’s sleep without waking up to test & inject, not worrying every second of every day.

    There are thousands more like George & Simon, whose lives will be changed thanks to research.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We fund research that will cure, treat & prevent type 1 diabetes & its complications. Our global programme funds more than 500 active research projects around the world and supports more than 70 clinical trials at any one time. Internationally JDRF has funded £1.43 billion research to date and last year spent almost £72 million on research globally.
    We focus on investing in research that will transform the lives of people with type 1 diabetes – improving treatments today until we find the cure.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rachel Connor

    Director of Research Partnerships, builds connections with other research organisations & funders to make the best use of funding & optimise success.

    Dr Sarah Richardson

    At University of Exeter, Dr Richardson is investigating whether viruses trigger type 1, and how we might be able to minimise this immune attack.

    Dr Francesa Spagnoli

    Dr Spagnoli is looking at ways to turn human skin cells into insulin-producing cells to restore the ability to produce insulin automatically.

    Dr Pratik Choudary

    Following astounding results in a pilot study by Professor Stefanie Amiel, Dr Choudary is advancing a new therapy to reduce the risk of severe hypos.

Type 1 research changes lives. Every penny we invest in research is thanks to our supporters. Thank you so much for helping create a future world without type 1.

Karen Addington, CEO JDRF