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Type 1 diabetes charity announces GBP 97m to be spent on research

A total of £97m will be spent on tackling diabetes in the UK, it has been announced.
The type 1 diabetes charity JDRF revealed the money is being provided by seven funders in a report entitled Type 1 Research Today.
The document, which was released on Monday at JDRF’s #Type1Catalyst event in the Houses of Parliament, also highlighted that institutions and funders can maximise value through greater communication and partnership.
The event was hosted by Copeland MP Jamie Reed and the Home Secretary Theresa May, who both have type 1 diabetes.
Dr Louise Wood, Director of Research and Development at the Department of Health, launched the funding opportunity in a bid to fund new treatments for type 1 diabetes, and the #Type1Catalyst event came as the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) announced further funding support for researchers investigating type 1 diabetes immunotherapies.

Rachel Connor, JDRF Director of Research Partnerships said: “Type 1 Research Today highlights the breadth of research happening around the UK to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes and its complications.
“Immunotherapy research is a core strength of UK science and is critical to progress towards a world without type 1 diabetes. We’re therefore delighted that the NIHR is backing vital type 1 diabetes immunotherapy research.”
Speaking at the event, Mr Reed said: “Two weeks before the 2010 General Electio, aged 36, I didn’t know that I was an undiagnosed type 1 diabetic entering diabetic ketoacidosis.
“The NHS saved my life, but I know that type 1 diabetes needs to be better understood, that people with the condition require a much better service than the one we currently receive, and that we must find a cure.
“That’s why I support the invaluable work undertaken by JDRF, why I will continue to champion the cause in Parliament, and why I would encourage anyone to contact their MP to ask them to do the same.”

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