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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes. The JDRF, currently headquartered in New York (at 120, Wall Street) enjoys the status of a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation.

The Foundation was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with type 1 diabetes, and has since raised over US$1 billion to fund diabetes research. The organization funds research centers, and awards grants and fellowships to scientists in twenty countries.


The Foundation also supports studies and research related to diabetes, and currently it has six therapeutic research targets [1] :

  1. Perfecting islet transplantation
  2. Creating safe, stable, and widely available “universal donor” sources of insulin-secreting cells for transplantation
  3. Regenerating the body’s own beta cells without islet transplantation
  4. Preventing type 1 diabetes by maintaining or restoring immune tolerance in new-onset patients
  5. Creating novel approaches and therapeutics for predicting, preventing and reversing complications
  6. Perfecting a closed-loop artificial pancreas




Publications by the JDRF include [2]:

  • Countdown - an award winning quarterly magazine published by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and its focus is "based on the needs of people with diabetes, and their loved ones, Countdown focuses on research and its potential to help people with diabetes. It also provides articles on the effects of research on the way people with diabetes must live their lives."[1]
  • 'Countdown For Kids' - a magazine with focus on kids and children with diabetes is published every quarter.
  • Research Frontline - is an e-mail news letter published at the interval of around 6 to 8 weeks. It contains latest research and information about type 1 diabetes.

The JDRF has published a number of books, mostly written for children. Some of the titles include;

  • Sugar Was My Best Food: Diabetes and Me by Carol Antoinette Peacock, Adair Gregory, and Kyle Carney Gregory - the book is illustrated by Mary Jones, and the target reader is children aged 8 to 13
  • It's Time to Learn about Diabetes by Jean Betschart - written in a workbook style for children aged 7 to 11
  • Parenting a Child with Diabetes by Gloria Loring - a practical guidebook for parents.
  • Real Life Parenting of Kids with Diabetes by Virginia Nasmyth Loy - again a practical guidebook for parents
  • Growing Up With Diabetes by Alicia McAuliffe - a book written by a 21 year old person with diabetes contains valuable materials to understand diabetes in kids and children

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