The importance of cell-to-cell interactions in juvenile (Type I)Diabetes
The Flinders University of South Australia
Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation
Dr Claire Jessup
Juvenile diabetes, or Type 1 diabetes (T1D), affects over 120,000 Australians with 2 children newly diagnosed every day (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2010). In children, T1D is more common than cancer, cystic fibrosis and multiple sclerosis. T1D occurs when the body's immune system damages the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Although insulin injections are a form of treatment, there is no cure. This research will investigate the cell-to-cell cross-talk within the pancreas during blood glucose sensing and cellular attack and may identify novel targets to prevent T1D.