Monday, March 09, 2009

HOPE is in the CURE

March 9, 2009, Washington, DC -- The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide and the largest charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research, praised President Barack Obama for the Executive Order officially repealing the existing policy limiting federal research funding for embryonic stem cell research to cell lines established prior to August 9, 2001.

"We're very grateful to President Obama for setting in place a policy to fully explore this promising field of science," said new JDRF President and CEO, Dr. Alan Lewis. "President Obama's Executive Order is a strong signal to patients, scientists, and the nation that we have his full support to pursue science that may accelerate progress to new treatments and possible cures for diabetes."

Type 1 diabetes affects as many as 3 million people in the U.S., causing the immune system to attack insulin-producing cells in the pancreas so that the body no longer uses sugar to create energy. There is no cure for type 1 diabetes. Research into human embryonic stem cells could speed the development of a cure for diabetes by helping researchers better understand how the disease occurs and eventually derive insulin-producing cells that are safe to use for transplantation. These discoveries are years away, but federal guidance and funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help speed scientific progress.

"This is an exciting day for children and adults living with type 1 diabetes, their families, and everyone with a connection to diabetes who have worked for years to remove restrictions to this research," said Dr. Lewis. "Now researchers, physicians, and ethicists at NIH can make decisions on ethical research based purely on sound science."

9 comments:

Neil said...

Excellent news. Hopefully well aimed research funding will lead the medical community closer to and ultimately finding a cure.

Nikki said...

Thanks Neil :)

Type 1 Diabetes said...

Type 1diabetes is caused by a serious damage to beta cells of Islet of Langerhans found in the pancreas. Some people are genetically more prone to develop this type of diabetes. They have a specific subtype of HLA gene on their chromosome no. 6. After an infection in the body, which could be caused by a bacteria or a virus, the immune system of the body is activated.

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Cazadora said...

I been waiting along time for a cure. Almost 50 years! I do not think I will know how to act not being connected to an insulin pump.

Cazadora
http://diabetestoosweettoo.blogspot.com/

moist wipes said...

This is very meaningful also...other than the charitable cause this word hope is a must for all patients specially the chronically ill ones.

Yustian said...

It's so great..
I hope there is no more diabetic again in the world.

regard
from Indonesia

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