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First European clinical trial in human stem cell therapy for type 1 diabetes is underway

The development of encapsulation technologies to treat insulin-dependent diabetes has been at the forefront of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research in North...

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Finding inspiration in type 1 diabetes - a T1D dad shares his experience

Finding inspiration in type 1 diabetes - a T1D dad shares his experience

Happy Father's Day! There is not much that Cody Westman needs to do to convince his 6-year-old son, Graham, to be an active little boy, “he goes non-stop,” says Cody. “Ice hockey, road hockey, biking, skateboarding, drums, and I do it all with him. The hardest part can be rememb...


Ahead of the 2019 Walk, Max Domi joined Montreal-area kids living with T1D for a frank discussion on the disease

Ahead of the 2019 Walk, Max Domi joined Montreal-area kids living with T1D for a frank discussion on the disease

Fresh on the heels of Montreal Canadiens centre and JDRF National Spokesperson Max Domi’s announcement to join thousands of fellow participants at the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF in Montreal this Sunday, June 9, Max Domi joined 13 families in Montreal to discuss life with type 1 di...


Rowena Chan, Honorary Chair of the 2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF, on her commitment to the T1D community

Rowena Chan, Honorary Chair of the 2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF, on her commitment to the T1D community

It has only been a few months since Rowena Chan started as Senior Vice-President of Sun Life Distributors, and she has already decided to step into the role of Honorary Chair for the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF.


Type 1 diabetes in college: Avoiding burnout

Type 1 diabetes in college: Avoiding burnout

Evelyn Riddell vividly remembers the year she began university as a happy and hopeful student embarking on the first step towards her future career. However, adjusting to university life was difficult. Evelyn, who lives with type 1 diabetes (T1D), suffered from burnout, which affected many aspect...


You are JDRF Conference: A tribute to community and research

You are JDRF Conference: A tribute to community and research

Earlier this month, JDRF celebrated a year of tremendous achievements and welcomed prominent scientists in the field to discuss their work at its You are JDRF Conference.


Exploring the link between type 1 diabetes and depression

Exploring the link between type 1 diabetes and depression

Young people living with a chronic illness like type 1 diabetes (T1D) often experience anxiety which – if not treated – can quickly spiral downwards into depression. However, the link between diabetes and depression remains poorly understood and under-researched. Depression is often view...


JDRF youth ambassador sets out to change the future of type 1 diabetes

JDRF youth ambassador sets out to change the future of type 1 diabetes

Meet Noah Silvaggio, an ambitious 16-year-old JDRF youth ambassador who was voted one of Manitoba’s Top 40 Young People to Watch in 2018 in the category of community activism and social affairs.


Implant of differentiated pluripotent stem cells to treat diabetes

Implant of differentiated pluripotent stem cells to treat diabetes

Dr. Timothy Kieffer, a JDRF-funded investigator and professor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences and the Department of Surgery at the University of British Columbia, has been awarded a new two-year grant to continue his research involving insulin-producing cells as a potential ...


Clinical trials of islet and stem cell therapies for type 1 diabetes

Clinical trials of islet and stem cell therapies for type 1 diabetes

Clinical islet transplantation is viewed as a viable treatment that has the potential to eliminate a life-long dependence on insulin in individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Dr. Shapiro breaks down the three areas his research study will focus on.


Regulatory T cells (Tregs) and their function in T1D

Regulatory T cells (Tregs) and their function in T1D

Dr. Anne Maria Pesenacker, a JDRF-funded investigator at the University of British Columbia and now at UCL’s Institute of Immunity and Transplantation, is examining how regulatory T cells (Tregs) function in health and how best to monitor their fitness.


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