Type 1 Research Highlights
While the Association’s priority is to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes, type 1 diabetes is a critical focus of the organization. In fact, in 2016, 37 percent of our research budget was dedicated to projects relevant to type 1 diabetes. Read more about the critical research made possible by the American Diabetes Association.
American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes Scientist Zhen Gu, PhD, recently published a paper describing the development of an innovative "smart insulin" patch that imitates the body's beta cells by both sensing blood glucose levels and releasing insulin.
In order to prevent or reverse the development of type 1 diabetes, it is essential to understand why and how the immune system attacks the body’s own cells. Association-funded Researcher Thomas Delong, PhD, found a possible answer to these questions.
Islet transplantation has long offered hope as a curative measure for type 1 diabetes. However, more than 80% of transplanted islets die within one week after transplantation. Research efforts are working to improve their survival and the promise of stem cells to reverse diabetes.