LINK TO JDRF - opens new doors
The establishment of Diabetes Ireland Research Alliance means that international diabetes research will not pass Ireland by
The Diabetes Ireland Research Alliance has entered into an agreement with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to encourage high quality type 1 diabetes research in Ireland and to support the global work of the JDRF.
The Diabetes Ireland Research Alliance is a subsidiary charity of Diabetes Ireland. The alliance primarily funds high-quality diabetes research projects in Ireland and raises the necessary funds to support these projects.
Together with the JDRF, the Diabetes Ireland Research Alliance aims to:
• Encourage high-quality type 1 diabetes research in Ireland
• Promote Ireland as a JDRF base for international lead research into finding a cure for diabetes
• Support the JDRF’s D-GAP (see below) research project
• Raise the profile of both organisations in the Republic of Ireland
• Build a sustainable relationship with Irish-based scientists and researchers
• Raise funds for type 1 diabetes research in Ireland and the UK.
What is D-GAP?
As part of Diabetes Ireland's commitment to supporting research into type 1 diabetes it will support the JDRF’s research project Diabetes-Genes Autoimmunity and Prevention (D-GAP). Research funded by JDRF has already shown that the genetic profile of an individual determines whether or not they run the risk of developing type 1 diabetes. It also reveals that the genes identified operate within the immune system. These findings link closely to other research showing that people with, or at risk of developing type 1 diabetes, have alterations in the way that the immune system interacts with insulin producing cells. This makes it highly likely that type 1 diabetes results from a failure at numerous levels of the ability to fine tune certain aspects of the immune response. The next stage in type 1 diabetes research is to make the link between the genes and the immune alterations, and that is what it is believed D-GAP will be able to do.
This exciting piece of research brings together researchers from Cambridge, Bristol and London who aim to understand how and why type 1 diabetes occurs by unravelling the connection between genes, the immune response and type 1 diabetes. If a link can be established, it will greatly improve the understanding of how type 1 diabetes develops and pave the way for developments in treatments and therapies.
Meanwhile, Diabetes Ireland in conjunction with the Health Research Board is funding two type 2 diabetes research projects at a combined cost of €430,000. One is the research being carried out by Dr Sean Dineen in the West – the Galway Diabetic Foot Study; and the other is the research into type 2 diabetes and bariatric surgery, by Dr Donal O’Shea, which has just finished its field work.
To make a direct contribution to any of these research projects, simply ring 1850 909 909 or send a donation by post to Dr Anna Clarke, Diabetes Ireland Research Alliance, 19 Northwood House, Northwood Business Campus. If you would like to organise a fundraising event for type 1 or type 2 diabetes research, we would be delighted to hear from you.