One Scientist, One Goal: To End Diabetic Eye Disease, Forever

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It’s a devastating statistic: More than 90% of people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) develop diabetic eye disease within 20 years of diagnosis. But thanks to Jennifer Sun, M.D., M.P.H., of Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, we’re making headway in the fight to prevent eye disease altogether. She is finding ways to diagnose eye disease earlier and faster, with the ultimate goal to help improve health outcomes for people with T1D, so they can be happier and healthier, until cures are found.

Please join us for an inside look, as we present the final video in our seven-part series, Inside the Lab at Boston. See Dr. Sun gives a first-hand overview of the therapies that have impacted eye disease research, the obstacles that are ongoing and, finally, the optimism that eye complications research could have for the T1D community.

Dr. Sun’s hope is that “the research projects I’m doing today, I’ll be able to look at them and say, what we saw from those projects was the elimination of vision loss in patients with type 1 diabetes.”

We agree completely.

If you haven’t seen the other featured videos in this series already, don’t miss out. See how scientists are collaborating to expedite the process of finding cures and improving lives:

Funding eye complications research is one of JDRF’s most critical undertakings, essential in our mission to find cures for T1D. Please consider donating today, and we’ll turn type 1 into type none, with your support.

By Alexandra Mulvey