The Artificial Pancreas Does Its Homework

JDRF-funded researchers across the globe are currently testing artificial pancreas systems. Some clinical trials are inpatient, in which participants stay overnight or for a few days in a hospital or research clinic, while others take place in an outpatient setting. In both cases, a medical team carefully monitors the daily life of each trial volunteer […]

All About Insulin

In 1921, a team of Canadian researchers including Frederick G. Banting, M.D., Charles H. Best, J.J.R. Macleod, Ph.D., and James B. Collip, Ph.D., isolated a newly discovered hormone they named “insulin” from calf pancreases (pancreata). They injected it into a teenage boy who had type 1 diabetes (T1D). The young man, Leonard Thompson, was confined […]

Don’t Sweat It! Exercise and Type 1 Diabetes

The benefits of exercise are wide ranging. Regular physical activity can help people manage their weight, sleep better, reduce the risk of some diseases, including type 2 diabetes (T2D) and heart disease, and improve overall quality of life—among other proven benefits. People with type 1 diabetes (T1D) can gain the same benefits from exercise as […]

nPOD News Update

In December 2012, a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) or who are at increased risk of developing the disease have smaller pancreases than people not at risk. Researchers studied pancreases from three groups of deceased donors: individuals with T1D, those with autoantibodies […]

Triumphing over Type 1 Diabetes: Meet the Medalists

Triumphing over Type 1 Diabetes: Meet the Medalists

By Michelle A. Cissell, Ph.D. “I have [type 1] diabetes. Diabetes doesn’t have me.” Those words illustrate the feisty attitude of Annette Richardson-Bienkowski, 72, a participant in the 50-Year Medalist Study at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA. Led by George King, M.D., chief scientific officer at Joslin, this groundbreaking research study, which has received […]

nPOD Update

By Michelle A. Cissell, Ph.D.   In 2007, JDRF took a calculated risk by creating the Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes (nPOD) to collect and distribute pancreatic and other tissues from deceased organ donors with type 1 diabetes (T1D), as well as from those without the disease but with multiple antibodies indicating high […]