$54.5 million for type 1 diabetes researchTuesday, 5 February 2019
On Monday, 4 February, the Federal Government announced it will provide $54.5 million for research to give new hope and support to Australian children and adults living with type 1 diabetes. The funding will be provided through the Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Australia will receive $25 million to advance its Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network. An additional $4.5 million in funding will be provided to JDRF Australia over three years to further assist with the strategic vision and national leadership of the research network
An initial investment of $25 million will also be dedicated to broader diabetes research under the $125 million MRFF Targeted Translation Research Accelerator initiative, to help progress early stage health and medical research discoveries to reach proof-of-concept and progress to clinical trials. Projects will be funded following an open and competitive grant round.
The Government is aware of the significant impact that diabetes has on people and their families and is committed to working towards the broad prevention of the disease in the Australian community.
Whilst Type 1 diabetes is a difficult area to research, Australia has made much progress. The announced funding will help to increase the impact of Australian research working to find a cure for diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-long auto-immune condition that usually occurs in childhood but can be diagnosed at any age. It is one of the most common chronic diseases in children and most newly diagnosed cases are in people less than 15 years old. At present, there is no cure for type 1 diabetes and no proven approach to prevent the disease occurring.
The research investment is on top of recently announced extension to funding of Australia’s continuous glucose monitoring program.
More information about the announcement can be found here