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JDRF research overview

At JDRF we use the money you raise to help fund the best type 1 diabetes research in the world. This section will give you an overview of our research strategy, and how it supports our goal to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.


JDRF remains dedicated to finding the cure for type 1 diabetes. Curing type 1 diabetes will require the restoration of glucose-responsive, insulin-secreting beta cells by several possible methods, such as regeneration of remaining beta cells, or transplantation of an outside healthy source of these cells. 

Restoration of functional beta cells by either of these methods will need to include a way to stop the immune system from attacking these cells in the future. For example, by encapsulating the cells in a protective gel capsule, or by targeting the immune cells that destroy the pancreatic beta cells in type 1 diabetes.


Until a cure is within more immediate reach, JDRF is committed to keeping people with type 1 diabetes healthy and reducing the burden of living with the condition by improving glucose control with drugs and devices, including the development of the artificial pancreas and smart insulin.

We believe it is essential to find new ways to prevent, reverse or treat the complications of type 1 diabetes, both for newly diagnosed individuals and those who have had the condition for decades.


We are funding research to further understand the underlying causes of the condition to develop strategies to prevent the condition from occurring. This could include boosting beta cell survival using drug therapy or suppressing the autoimmune attack by using a targeted immune ‘vaccine’.

This work will help prevent type 1 diabetes in future generations, and helps us to understand how to cure it in people living with the condition.

For more detail on how JDRF plans to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes, follow these links:

  • Cure

    Cure research is all about looking for a way to reverse type 1 diabetes.
  • Treat

    Treatment research is about making sure the lives of people with type 1 diabetes are healthy and hassle free
  • Prevent

    Prevention research looks to the future. This research is focused on working out who is at risk of developing at type 1 diabetes and finding a way to treat them so that they never actually get type 1 at all.

Find out more

To learn more about our research programme, why not attend one of our Type 1 Discovery Days? These family-friendly events are designed for you to find out more about the research we fund, and to give you the chance to meet other people affected by type 1.

You can also sign up to receive our quarterly magazine, Type 1 Discovery.