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Through the establishment of the Diabetes SA Research Grants program, we have a dedicated research fund that you, our valuable donors, have generously donated to in the past.

This fund delivers life-changing research projects for diabetes detection, prevention, and management. It must continue to grow if we are to ever obtain the ultimate goal of having a cure.

With over $570,000 provided since 2018, including 3 internationally recognised projects in 2020, each to the value of $100,000, this is just the start.

The organisation’s aim is to raise a further $200,000 in support of the next grant round commencing in late 2021. If we do not invest in these breakthroughs, we do not progress… and people’s lives are at risk. This is the hard, daily reality for people living with or at risk of diabetes.

Two very special research projects currently underway through for type 1 and type 2 diabetes are those involving Dr Cher-Rin Chong and Dr Megan Penno both from the University of Adelaide.

In 2020, Dr Cher-Rin Chong was awarded a Diabetes SA Research Grant to look at the negative impact and damage to the diabetic heart when a protein called PARP (poly-ADP ribose polymerase) is activated. It is believed that if this protein is inhibited and prevented from becoming overactive, it appears to have a less detrimental effect on the diabetic heart.

Imagine being a part of lifesaving research that can help reduce the number of heart related deaths in people living with type 2 diabetes.

In 2018 and 2020, Diabetes SA’s Research Grants program provided funding associated with a groundbreaking research study called ENDIA (Environmental Determinants of Islet Autoimmunity). This Australia-wide research project is managed here in South Australia by Dr Megan Penno from The University of Adelaide. There are 1,500 participants from all states and territories working together to find out what causes type 1 diabetes with investigations starting at the very beginning of a child’s life, before they are even born.

We must find out how to stop type 1 diabetes from occurring.

A gift to research brings hope for a brighter future for people at risk of or living with diabetes. Will you donate to such breakthrough projects?

Please donate today.