Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Helmsley Charitable Trust Backs Global Type 1 Diabetes Prevention Initiative
As the incidence of type 1 diabetes (T1D) rises worldwide, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust today announced the launch of an ambitious new T1D Prevention Initiative to investigate the early stages of development of the disease and identify new pathways to prevent it. As part of this new effort, the Trust is making an initial investment of over $8.7 million in international grants to support new and existing prevention research across five organizations: Helmholtz Zentrum München, the University of Cambridge, the University of South Florida, JDRF Australia and Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC).
Together, these institutions will initiate and continue observation of hundreds of thousands of newborns and children across the U.S., Europe and Australia; design a plan to analyze the massive quantity of data that chart the history and progression of T1D; and develop an infrastructure to perform intervention clinical trials with a primary focus to delay or stop the development of T1D....