Each year the Diabetes Australia Research Trust awards grants to researchers for important diabetes research projects. Dr Andrikopoulos is one researcher who was awarded funding in 2010 for his research into the beta-cell physiology. New grants are awarded every November on World Diabetes Day and there are always many worthwhile projects that miss out.
Dr Andrikopoulos from Melbourne University is studying a condition that causes cells in the pancreas to stop secreting the essential hormone - insulin - to control blood glucose levels. His research could be the key we have been searching for to prevent diabetes.
He says “Through research we have been able to provide better therapies and management strategies that have resulted in an improved quality of life and reduced the burden of diabetes complications. Some significant improvements over the past decade, including pump therapy, continuous glucose monitoring, and improved insulin formulations have all been possible as a direct result of the efforts of passionate and dedicated researchers such as myself. I urge you to support medical research so that together we can find a cure for diabetes.”
Type 1 diabetes is caused by the destruction or dysfunction of insulin-producing beta cells by the immune system. Type 2 diabetes is a condition where beta cells decline more gradually over time, and insulin resistance also plays a large role in the disease.
Diabetes Australia - Victoria is currently raising funds to assist us to award funding to some other vital research projects. With us coming to the end of the financial year, it is a good time for many to make people to make a gift, as it means you do not have to wait for long to receive your tax deduction.
With your support you can help people like Dr Andrikopoulos secure funding for research into diabetes. Please help us fund important research projects so we can better understand the causes of diabetes and, in the future, find a cure.
For more information about Diabetes Australia - Victoria or to make a donation go to www.diabetesvic.org.au or call 1300 136 588.
Who we are
Since 1953 Diabetes Australia - Vic (DA-Vic) has been the peak consumer body and leading charity representing all people affected by diabetes and those at risk. Our purpose is to minimise the impact of diabetes in the community, to help all people affected by diabetes and to contribute to the search for a cure. Our work covers type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes, as well as programs for people at risk.
- Diabetes continues to be the fastest growing chronic disease in Australia and the sixth leading cause of death. An estimated 275 Australians develop diabetes every day.
- 1.5 million Australians have diabetes, but only half know they have it. For every person known to have type 2 diabetes, another is yet to be diagnosed. The cost to the Australian healthcare system of diabetes is estimated to be at least $3 billion.
- Complications of diabetes are serious and can include heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney damage and amputations.
- We contributed $800,000 to our Diabetes Australia Research Trust in support of diabetes research.
- We increased our membership to 42,000 and enhanced our support and services. Our call centre staff responded 471,000 telephone enquiries and our Advocacy Officer received calls for help from 230 new contacts this year.
- Our drivers collected clothing and household goods from 143,000 Victorian households.
- Our state-wide type 2 diabetes prevention initiative, Life! Taking Action on Diabetes, completed its first year. The program is for Victorians aged 50 and over who are at a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and for all Victorian adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
- We continued national coordination of the Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating (DAFNE) program, a five-day self-management program for people with type 1 diabetes.
- 222 campers aged 8 -17 headed to one of our diabetes camps to gain diabetes management skills and meet new friends.
- Our community support groups celebrated their 40 year anniversary. We currently have 66 groups involving around 1300 people.
- We developed Feltman, a culturally appropriate resource for Indigenous Victorians which aims to assist health workers in teaching the community about diabetes.
- We extended the Cultural Diversity Program to include Macedonian and Spanish resources, adding to the Arabic, Cantonese, Greek Italia, Mandarin, Turkish and Vietnamese resources already on offer.
Diabetes Australia - Vic would like to thank Ritchies for their generous support throughout the years. The total donated is more than $200,000 over the last 16 years!
Many of our vital programs do not receive government funding, thus we rely heavily on donations and community support to help the 210,000 Victorians living with diabetes and those at risk.
Diabetes Australia CB Number: 90746