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Information on research, events, activities, and news from the T1D community across Canada. 

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We are asking the government to renew crucial funds for T1D research

We are asking the government to renew crucial funds for T1D research

As 2021 draws near, we move closer to an important milestone that changed and aided the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community in an enormous way – the 100th year of insulin.


Access For All Goes West

Access For All Goes West

JDRF’s attention has been focused on Canada’s west coast increasingly as the BC government inches closer to a decision on whether or not to cover continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and flash glucose monitoring (FGM) systems. BC Pharmacare commissioned a health technology assessment on t...


More choices for our T1D community: New Pumps Approved in BC

More choices for our T1D community: New Pumps Approved in BC

There’s good news for pumpers in BC! BC Pharmacare has added YpsoPump by YpsoMed to its Tier 1 list of approved insulin pumps. BC residents with type 1 diabetes of all ages can now choose between the Omnipod by Insulet or the YpsoPump under the province’s pump program.  


London, UK sees localized increase in pediatric T1D diagnoses – but experts say too early to blame COVID-19

London, UK sees localized increase in pediatric T1D diagnoses – but experts say too early to blame COVID-19

A recent increase in type 1 diabetes (T1D) diagnoses in children under 18 in some hospitals in north-west London, UK, has triggered news stories that COVID-19 could cause the disease in children. But experts have stressed that the locally reported increase in ...


Type 1 diabetes and COVID-19: Going back to school

Type 1 diabetes and COVID-19: Going back to school

As students across Canada get ready to head back to school—some after nearly 6 months of being away—parents have many questions. The first is usually, “Is it safe to send my child back to school during this pandemic?” Here are some things to consider when making a decision ...


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 ...


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...


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 ...


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...


#AccessForAll: What You've Helped Accomplish

#AccessForAll: What You've Helped Accomplish

Since launching in March 2019, thousands of people from across Canada have been rallying behind the Access for All campaign and demanding affordable and accessible coverage of advanced glucose monitors. In just seven months, you have made incredible progress! Here’s a roundup of what you&rs...


Lets turn type one into type none