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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. 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. Too low & he can have a seizure, slip into a coma, die. Too high & he’s back where he was in hospital, blood like acid. It can kill him"

    What if everything you eat, drink & do had to be scrupulously monitored & balanced by multiple blood sugar checks & insulin injections, 24 hours a day, every day, to stay alive & protect your future health.

    For 400,000 people in the UK like George, this is the burden of type 1.


    We’re funding research to prevent and cure type 1, by stopping the immune system attack at the heart of the condition, and replacing insulin-producing cells that have been lost

    In the meantime, we’re finding ways to make life better for people with type 1. From new therapies to prevent life-threatening hypo’s, to completing trials for an artificial pancreas & speeding up drug development to prevent complications, we’re funding some of the best scientists around the world to improve treatments.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create a world without type 1


    » Fund research to cure type 1 including replacing and protecting – or even re-growing - insulin-producing cells, and by stopping the immune attack.

    What success will look like

    Results of all research projects we invest in will be published in scientific papers by our researchers.

    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 publish results of our research in our Type 1 Discovery magazine, enewsletter and on our website.

  • Impact


    "The cure, or simply better treatments like an artificial pancreas, would mean George would not just survive but that he’d really live. It would bring release to me and my wife. The idea that we could watch him sleep at night, without wondering if he’ll wake again is just too wonderful to even imagine."

    Research to develop better treatments that remove some of the effort and worry of managing type 1, and ultimately to find the cure, will give people like George and Simon their freedom back.


    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: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £100,000 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. When will he be safe?"

    A world without type 1 would make George’s dreams come true - no more being pulled out of school, told to sit down, stop having fun, stop living. For 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 like George & Simon whose lives you can change through 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.

    Professor Stephanie Amiel

    One of the researchers we fund, Professor Amiel, showed astounding results in a pilot study of her therapy to reduce the risk of severe hypos.