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New research programme into type 1 diabetes

A new study into type 1 diabetes is calling for volunteers who have been recently diagnosed with the condition to donate their DNA and other information for research purposes. The study, ADDRESS-2, has been launched to help scientists better understand how type 1 diabetes works to offer improved type 1 diabetestreatment to patients.
Funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Diabetes UK and supported by the Diabetes Research Network, researchers are looking for patients between the ages of 5 and 60 that have been diagnosed during the 26 weeks, and also their siblings.
To build a national resource, ADDRESS-2 will need information about people’s own health and that of their family, as well as a blood sample so that auto-antibody analysis can be carried out and the DNA stored, and participants must also be willing to be contacted by a project team regarding future type 1 diabetes research studies.
Karen Addingto, who is chief executive of JDRF, commented “In order for us to fund the best research, to understand the way the condition works, we are appealing for people newly diagnosed with type 1 to come forward and get involved in the ADDRESS Study. By agreeing to be contacted, you can play a valuable role in our search for the cure to this condition.”
Iain Framen, director of research at Diabetes UK, also stated “This is a huge opportunity for people with type 1 diabetes to play their part in research that is piecing together the gaps in our knowledge and in our understanding of the condition.

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