The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation received a grant for $75,000 towards Diabetes research projects. These projects, taking place at UAB, include a groundbreaking clinical trial testing whether a common blood pressure drug improves the health and survival of beta cells in people diagnosed with T1D and the first clinical trial in children with T1D to determine if GABA, an amino acid, increases insulin production, suppresses glucagon and decreases inflammation of the pancreas. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease effecting approximately 1.25 million Americans where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas called beta cells. Managing the disease is an around the clock job for the patient.
The mission of the JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. There has been very promising advances in the research around this disease, much of which takes place at UAB. The Alabama chapter provides support and outreach for patients with type I diabetes and their families.