JDRF-Funded Islet Encapsulation Program Reaches Historic Milestone

– First Ever Person with Type 1 Diabetes Receives Experimental Encapsulated Human Stem Cell-Derived Beta Cell Replacement Therapy – New York, NY, October 29, 2014 — JDRF, the leading research and advocacy organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, announced today that JDRF-funded partner, ViaCyte, Inc., a leading regenerative medicine company, has for the first time ever implanted […]

A New Switch Hitter for Type 1 Diabetes Discovered

Pancreatic cells are more adaptable and possess a greater potential for self-healing than previously assumed For decades, the prevailing wisdom was that beta cells could not regenerate and that their loss in type 1 diabetes (T1D) was irreversible—the reason why people with T1D require insulin injections for life. JDRF-funded research is helping rewrite the textbook […]

Research Teamwork is Key to Curing Type 1 Diabetes

JDRF takes center stage at Capitol Hill briefing on accelerating biomedical research progress Richard A. Insel, M.D., JDRF’s Chief Scientific Officer, joined other research leaders at a Congressional briefing on, “How the Research-by-Consortia Model Will Lead to Faster Cures” held recently in Washington D.C. The briefing brought together biomedical leaders from foundations, industry, government, and […]

JDRF Partner ViaCyte to Immediately Initiate Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Trial

Updated Sept. 18, 2014 JDRF’s partner ViaCyte recently announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is allowing them to move forward with a clinical trial of its innovative type 1 diabetes (T1D) encapsulated cell replacement therapy called VC-01™ product candidate. The company plans to immediately initiate the first ever clinical evaluation of a stem […]

Oxygen – A Key Ingredient of Life

JDRF partners with Beta-O2 Technologies to develop a novel implantable encapsulation device for type 1 diabetes The dream for everyone with type 1 diabetes (T1D) is to permanently restore their body’s lost ability to produce insulin. This defines a cure for T1D and remains a top priority for JDRF. As we work towards this longer-term […]

Rebalancing the Immune System

Novel therapy to increase beneficial immune cells shows promise in pilot type 1 diabetes clinical study Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is caused when a person’s immune system mistakenly destroys their insulin-producing beta cells. How and why this misguided attack begins remains a mystery, but JDRF research has helped shed light on the disease process, opening […]

Potential Breakthrough in Encapsulation Technology

JDRF-funded researchers develop novel method of protecting islets for implantation into people with type 1 diabetes Pancreatic islet transplantation has restored insulin independence in some individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1D), but the procedure is not widely available due to the limited supply of donated islets and the need for strong immunosuppressive drugs to prevent […]

Top 10 Advances in T1D Research

JDRF-supported progress in fiscal year 2014 JDRF sets ambitious goals for progress in type 1 diabetes (T1D) research each year because our supporters inspire us to aim higher. We invite you to read about the real impact our strategic plan is making and hope you are as inspired as we are as each of these […]

JDRF-Led Workshop Explores Progress toward an Artificial Pancreas System

Leading experts from industry, academia, and government came together the second week of April in Bethesda, MD, to discuss innovation in the development of an artificial pancreas system at a workshop hosted by the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and JDRF. A commercially-viable artificial pancreas system would mimic the biological […]