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Announcing the new JDRF - Beyond Type 1 Alliance

On September 24, 2019 we announced an exciting new alliance with Beyond Type 1, aimed at getting more information, more resources and m...

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Not my identity

Not my identity

Written by: Rylee Hauger, lives with type 1 diabetes I wake up to my alarm going off. I roll over and check my phone, “12:00 am blood sugar test,” I sigh and grab my test kit. Just another day in the life.  After pricking my finger, I watch the blood fill the test strip, awaiting...


The Garfinkle Family Leadership Gift

The Garfinkle Family Leadership Gift

In 1971 and 1973, Krayna Golfman and Mitch Garfinkle’s lives changed dramatically when their sons, David and Jimmy, were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Along with other families living with the disease, they embarked on a lifelong mission to find a cure. Thus began the journey that led ...


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and JDRF join forces to accelerate breakthroughs in stem cell-based research

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and JDRF join forces to accelerate breakthroughs in stem cell-based research

Stem cell-based research has the potential to play a key role in developing a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D). JDRF Canada is delighted to partner with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes to announce a new funding opportunity that will see...


ViaCyte Inc. Vancouver site currently recruiting

ViaCyte Inc. Vancouver site currently recruiting

ViaCyte Inc., a privately held regenerative medicine company, is seeking three residents of British Columbia to participate in a promising JDRF-funded clinical trial in Vancouver. The purpose of this research is to determine the safety, tolerability and efficacy of PEC-Direct™ (also ...


Working together to cure type 1

Working together to cure type 1

The first few months after Mirella Gallo’s 11-year-old daughter, Isabella, received a type 1 diabetes (T1D) diagnosis were very hard for her. “We were in shock and had no idea what it meant for her or our family”. With the support of Isabella’s nurses and doctors, the family ...


Investigating the causes of beta cell dysfunction in type 1 diabetes

Investigating the causes of beta cell dysfunction in type 1 diabetes

Beta cells normally produce insulin, a chemical messenger that helps move sugar from food sources into cells throughout the body, which use it for fuel to stay alive. ​


Meet the winners of the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects Award Program for JDRF!

Meet the winners of the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects Award Program for JDRF!

We’re very excited to announce the winners of the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects Award Program for JDRF! Through the generous support of Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects, the Program is awarding $5,000 dollars each for a total of $105,000 to help students living with type 1 d...


Addressing recent news of potential American insulin importation

Addressing recent news of potential American insulin importation

Insulin has been the subject of many news stories recently as the high cost of insulin and other drugs has led to two US federal initiatives aimed at allowing the bulk importation of lower cost Canadian drugs. 


JDRF pushes BC government to cover latest insulin pumps under BC Pharmacare

JDRF pushes BC government to cover latest insulin pumps under BC Pharmacare

JDRF has written to the BC government asking that all BC residents living with type 1 diabetes have affordable access to the Medtronic MiniMed 670G and the Tandem t:slim X2  by adding them to the province’s list of approved Tier 2 devices under the province’s insulin program. 


Lets turn type one into type none