At present there is no cure for diabetes. Scientists and researchers around the world are actively working on a cure. As an organisation, Diabetes Australia directly supports diabetes research through our research program and strategic partnerships. We provide funding towards the prevention, management and cure of diabetes, as well as enabling and fostering young and upcoming researchers in the field of diabetes research.

In 2015, Diabetes Australia has committed more than $3.5 million to diabetes research projects. Over the past eight years, the Diabetes Australia Research Program has invested $23 million in 335 diabetes research projects across Australia. All the research funds are held in trust with 90% of donations going directly toward research grants.

Current research projects include:

  • Australian artificial pancreas algorithm for announced and unannounced meals
  • Reducing the risk of irreversible vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy
  • Islet transplantation as a strategy to restore normal glucose levels in people with Type 1 diabetes
  • Pinpointing the precise mechanisms by which exercise benefits diabetes prevention

Visit the Research Program page to find out more and how to apply for the grants.

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