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What it’s like being an expert by experience in the Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge
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May 31, 2024

What it’s like being an expert by experience in the Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge

David Mitchell lives with type 1 diabetes and is a member of the expert funding panel guiding the projects we will fund through the Novel Insulins challenge. Here, he explains his volunteer role on the panel, the importance of involving people with lived experience in research, and what he learnt from the experience.

Together Type 1 Young Leaders at DUKPC
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May 28, 2024

Together Type 1 Young Leaders at DUKPC

In April, we were delighted to be joined at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference by seven Young Leaders from the Together Type 1 programme.

The Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge returns to DUKPC
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May 7, 2024

The Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge returns to DUKPC

The Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge was the topic on everyone’s lips at this year’s Diabetes UK Professional Conference. Many of the large and growing community of Grand Challenge researchers were in attendance to celebrate their awards and update delegates on their research plans and progress.

Research into replacing insulin-producing cells is advancing rapidly, with ‘arm pancreas’ trial announced
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March 21, 2024

Research into replacing insulin-producing cells is advancing rapidly, with ‘arm pancreas’ trial announced

Using a technique co-invented by Professor Matthias Hebrok, one of the Grand Challenge Scientific Advisory Panel Vice Chairs, researchers are exploring a promising treatment for type 1 diabetes in a new clinical trial, involving transplanting insulin-producing beta cells into the forearm, creating an ‘arm pancreas’.

“It’s an optimistic time for people with type 1”
ViewsA photo of Morgan Shaw wearing a lab coat in a lab and holding up her insulin pump.
February 1, 2024

“It’s an optimistic time for people with type 1”

Morgan Shaw, a Grand Challenge researcher who has type 1, tells us how collaboration, ambition and people with type 1 are at the heart of the Grand Challenge.

Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge round-up 2023
NewsA photo of Sally and Steve Morgan at the 2023 DUKPC.
December 14, 2023

Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge round-up 2023

We highlight what we’ve made happen in 2023, including investing £18 million in nine new type 1 diabetes research projects.

Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge invests £13 million into six transformational new projects
NewsProf David Hodson and student Silvia Gimeno in lab
December 7, 2023

Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge invests £13 million into six transformational new projects

We’re thrilled to unveil the latest groundbreaking research projects we’re funding, to get us closer to having treatments for people with type 1 diabetes that tackle the root cause of their condition and restore their insulin-making beta cells.

£1 million available to ignite beta cell therapy innovations
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December 5, 2023

£1 million available to ignite beta cell therapy innovations

A new Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge funding call has opened, focused on supporting innovations into beta cell therapies for people with type 1 diabetes.

Funding available for transformational novel insulins research
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November 28, 2023

Funding available for transformational novel insulins research

The first funding call under the Novel Insulins part of the Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge is open, aiming to support research to drive transformational therapy development.

Putting people affected by type 1 diabetes at the heart of research.

The Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge brings together scientists and the type 1 community to drive forward progress in areas that matter most to people with type 1.

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