World Diabetes Day is 14th November every year (marking Sir Frederick Banting’s birthday – the scientist who is most famously credited for discovering insulin).
On this day in 2023, Diabetes Australia launched a campaign “Diabetes Research Changes Lives”. Type1Screen’s Dr John Wentworth features in their promotional video talking about the home testing kit for type 1 diabetes screening.
The earlier someone is diagnosed with diabetes, the more insulin-producing (beta) cells in the pancreas are preserved, providing an opportunity to slow or stop further destruction and ultimately prevent the need for insulin injections.
Associate Professor John Wentworth and our team are working to produce an in-home finger prick blood test to identify children destined to develop type 1 diabetes. Once validated, the screening test will identify those with the most to gain from preventative therapies and protect them from critical illness requiring admission to hospital.
We’re so grateful to have the support of the Lions Australia Diabetes Foundation for this project. Recently, Lion Harry Brindley ASM (pictured left) met with A/Prof Wentworth (right) at the Walter and Eliza WEHI to discuss the project and present a much-appreciated cheque for $28,750
Another amazing fundraising effort from the Type 1 Foundation
We are extremely proud and humbled to be the recipients of over $2500 raised by the Type 1 Foundation during November 2021.
CEO, Ange McCaughley, led the “Big Thirst? Think First! ” campaign to raise awareness of the common symptoms of type 1 diabetes.
The 4 Ts are: thirst; thinner; tired; and toilet!
During this initiative, they sold drink bottles to remind people of one of the very common symptoms, thirst.
The drink bottle campaign was a huge success; not only in terms of the fundraising but also the awareness it created around the wider community knowing symptoms of type 1 diabetes to look out for.
Sincere thanks to Ange and her amazing team at Type 1 Foundation for their funding, advocacy and support for our research. We will put all proceeds towards our current effort to make in-home type 1 diabetes risk testing a reality.
Ultimately, we’re all working towards the same goal to make type one type none!
Type1Screen’s ultimate goal is to develop cheap and accurate screening for every Australian child to ensure early diagnosis, prevent hospitalisation and develop immune therapies that turn type one into type none.
We are currently working up a blood spot assay that can be collected in the home. We missed out on a grant in 2021 to progress this work and must now reach out directly to our supporters to develop this test.
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