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Our Impact

From funding innovative research to advocating for government action to providing a support structure for our community, no other organization does more to fight type 1 diabetes (T1D) than JDRF.

Research

Our research investments deliver on the promise of making life with Type 1 Diabetes better. We’ve championed technology with that goal in mind, from the first engineered insulin 40 years ago to recent advancements like artificial pancreas systems and more.

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Advocacy

Our powerhouse team in Washington, D.C., works with volunteers across the country to secure government support for innovative Type 1 Diabetes research. Meanwhile, our experts collaborate with regulators and health plans to help the entire community benefit from treatments and therapies.

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"JDRF has supported me in many ways in various aspects throughout my life. It’s not just about raising funds and advancing science, it’s about supporting families. It’s about advocacy and getting CGM [continuous glucose monitoring] approved for the Medicare population. And it’s about this amazing network of individuals, who are brought together for a joint cause they are passionate about.”

Jennifer Sherr, M.D., Ph.D., Yale School of Medicine, JDRF-funded Researcher

Jennifer Sherr, M.D., Ph.D., a JDRF-funded T1D researcher

The Outlook has Never Been Better

JDRF has changed the way we live with T1D. Everyday, we are learning more about the disease in an effort to end it once and for all.

Insulins

Then

Less than 50 years ago, insulins were derived from animals, and dosing was wildly inconsistent.

A close-up of an old-fashioned syringe loaded with insulin
Now

Synthetic insulins with a range of speeds and durations offer the precision and flexibility to better balance blood-sugar levels.

A small, black zip-up pouch containing a syringe, a modern glucose monitoring device, and a small container of synthetic insulin

Pumps

Then

50 years ago, a prototype insulin pump was so large it had to be worn like a backpack.

A large, cumbersome backpack-style insulin pump from 50 years ago
Now

Compact insulin pumps fit easily in a pocket—and they’ve gotten smarter too.

A woman raises the hem of her shirt to show a compact insulin pump attached to her lower back

Biomarkers

Then

30 years ago, there was no way to predict if someone would develop T1D.

Now

It is possible to detect T1D before symptoms arise, avoiding adverse side effects.

A female researcher in a lab studies a vile of blood while standing in front of a sophisticated microscope

Beta Cell Biology

Then

For decades, experts believed that beta cells stopped functioning altogether within a few years of T1D onset.

Now

We know beta cells continue to function even after decades with T1D, and it might be possible to cure T1D by preserving or expanding these beta cells.

A flat, thin, oval-shaped beta cell capsule is shown next to a U.S. quarter, which is about one-fourth the length of the device

Diabetic Eye Disease

Then

35 years ago, the risk of vision loss from diabetic eye disease was 50 percent.

A black-and-while photo of a doctor using an antiquated machine to study a patient's eyses
Now

State-of-the-art care has cut the risk to 5 percent, and therapies to eliminate the remaining risk are in development.

A doctor in a while lab coat uses a sophisticated machine with a screen to view an image of a woman's eye

You Too Can Make a Difference

Without clinical trial volunteers, promising new therapies can’t get approved, and into the hands of people who need them. You can help by participating in a trial near you.

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Leveraging Our Leadership: Increased Support for T1D Research

Through our advocacy and research leadership, JDRF influences and attracts others to support funding for cures and improving lives. For every dollar that JDRF puts towards research, we pull in nearly $2.50 more. In fiscal year 2019, that totaled $414.5M.

  • JDRF | $121.5 million

    JDRF supporters helped raise $106.1M to fund JDRF research grants. In addition, the JDRF T1D Fund invested $15.4M in in small, T1D-focused companies.

  • NGOs and Foundations | $31 million

    JDRF works with other organizations to secure their support for key T1D programs. Some partner with us to invest funding or do so on their own based on our leadership.

  • Industry Partners | $80 million

    We collaborate with hundreds of industry partners – including pharmaceutical and technology companies – who also invest in T1D research.

  • Governments | $182 million

    JDRF advocates for additional funding from the United States government and international governments. Through the Federal Special Diabetes Program, JDRF secures $150M annually from the U.S. government.

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Your donation to JDRF is the crucial first step in the quest for a cure.

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