Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation partners with TELUS health space - Canada’s first consumer e-health service

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation partners with TELUS health space - Canada’s first consumer e-health service

Vancouver, BC, May 31 2010 – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) today announced their support for the launch of the new TELUS health space platform. JDRF endorses this new e-health information system which gives individuals with diabetes and the health care professionals who care for them, secure access to relevant personal health information and a variety of on-line tools to help patients
take charge of their own health.

“As a person living with Type 1 Diabetes, the TELUS health space offers a platform where medical records, test results and other important health information can be kept securely and shared with another doctor, should one relocate or become ill while travelling, for example,” said Christine Turner. “It’s a step in the right direction, helping people actively manage their own health.”

As the pace of innovation accelerates, medical device technology for more effectively managing diabetes is being brought to market more rapidly than ever before. The recent advent of Continuous Glucose Monitors, coupled with Insulin Pump technology, for example, is helping people with diabetes more tightly manage their blood glucose levels. A key priority of JDRF is to do research that will lead to the
development of an “Artificial Pancreas” - while not a cure for diabetes – it will revolutionize diabetes care by allowing patients to manage glucose levels even more tightly, avoiding dangerous highs and lows. This, in turn, will help reduce the risk of the devastating complications of the disease, which include: heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and blindness.

“At JDRF we envision a day, in the next few years, where an even richer data stream generated by an Artificial Pancreas could be uploaded securely to TELUS health space and made available to health care professionals, helping people with diabetes manage their condition better than ever before”, said Andrew McKee, President and CEO of JDRF Canada.

To that end, JDRF has entered into a unique, $34 million partnership with the Government of Canada to create the JDRF Canadian Clinical Trial Network, in conjunction with the University of Waterloo. At least three human clinical trials planned for the Network are related to the development of the Artificial Pancreas. TELUS health space will be a key technology partner in making this Network a reality. A
further announcement between TELUS and JDRF is expected within the year.

JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and it’s complications through the support of research. As we work towards a cure, we are also focusing on better treatments and technologies that can improve people’s lives today. TELUS recognizes the Foundation’s strong leadership through its mission. TELUS and JDRF believe the new TELUS health space will be truly beneficial to both organizations, as well as to many Canadians suffering from type 1 diabetes.

About Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research worldwide. JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. JDRF funding is associated with most major scientific breakthroughs in type 1 diabetes research to date in Canada and around the world. Internationally, JDRF has raised over $1.4 billion (U.S.) for diabetes research since its inception in 1974, including more than $101 million (U.S.) in 2009. JDRF supports research in over 22 countries globally. For more information, please visit www.jdrf.ca or call 1-877-CURE-533.

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