In-Home Test Kits Make Screening Convenient and Easy

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TrialNet—an international JDRF-supported network of leading academic institutions, endocrinologists, physicians, scientists and healthcare teams dedicated to finding cures for type 1 diabetes (T1D)—has a new in-home test kit that makes screening far more easy and convenient. And FedEx will come pick it up, at no cost to you!

If you have a relative with T1D, you can detect your risk of developing this disease today through the TrialNet Pathway to Prevention study. Here’s how:

  • If you are eligible (the eligibility requirements are below), go to trialnet.org/participate to complete the online consent form
  • If you are in the U.S., order an in-home test kit (if you’re outside of the U.S., a study coordinator will contact you with more information)
  • When it arrives in the mail, collect about 10 drops of blood using a finger prick
  • Place it in the collection envelope
  • Call FedEx at 1-800-463-3339 to schedule a pickup, or go online to FedEx.com, where you can schedule a one-time pickup or find a drop-off location (this needs to be done within 24 hours of the blood collection)

That’s all!

Results are typically reported in 4-6 weeks. However, due to COVID-19, results may be delayed. If your results show you are in the early stages of T1D (defined as testing positive for T1D-related autoantibodies), there may be an opportunity to participate in a T1D prevention trial.

TrialNet screening can sometimes detect T1D years before symptoms occur. Detect your risk today.


On April 29 at 6:30pm ET, Carla Greenbaum, M.D., chair of TrialNet and a member of JDRF Speaker’s Bureau, will take part in a Facebook Live event, sponsored by JDRF, to speak about research in the time of COVID-19—what TrialNet is up to during this time and answering your questions about these investigations.


Eligibility Criteria

You qualify for free screening if:

  • you are between the ages of 2.5 and 45, and have a parent, brother/sister or child with T1D
    OR
    you are between the ages of 2.5 and 20 and have an aunt/uncle, cousin, grandparent, niece/nephew or half-brother/sister with T1D
    AND
    you have not been diagnosed with diabetes.

If you have questions, contact TrialNet at 1-800-425-8361 or email info@trialnet.org.

By Alexandra Mulvey