Publish Date: 
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 16:15

National Diabetes Week 2018 

National Diabetes Week runs from 8 July to 14 July 2018.

The week focuses on creating greater awareness of better and early detection for all types of diabetes.

It is estimated that half a million Australians have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes and hundreds of people will be hospitalised due to undiagnosed type 1 diabetes.

TRI based researchers have been working hard to find better ways to treat and diagnose diabetes. 

Read more about them below. 

Professor Josephine Forbes 

Professor Josephine Forbes is a Program Leader of the Chronic Disease Biology and Care research theme at Mater and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellow. Josephine leads the Glycation and Diabetes Complications Research Group and is currently focusing diabetes and its' complications.

Josephine’s lab is investigating new treatments for diabetes and the chronic complications associated with it such as kidney disease, blindness, amputations and heart disease. With this research, Josephine aims to build a greater understanding of the biological basis of diabetes in connection with a broad range of chronic diseases and develop preventative strategies and innovative treatments to improve patient outcomes.

>Read More about Professor Josephie Forbes 

Professor Ranjeny Thomas 

The University of Queensland's Professor Ranjeny and her team are hoping a new form of immunotherapy could lead to better treatment of type 1 diabetes.

The therapy aims to rebalance the immune system of children with type 1 diabetes, correcting the immune damage and therefore protecting the cells that make insulin.

>Read more about the project 



Professor Emma Hamilton-Williams 

Professor Emma Hamilton-Williams' interests lie in improving immunotherapy in type 1 diabetes and finding a connection in the gut microbiome.  

Type 1 diabetes is caused by the immune mediated destruction of the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Emma is working towards finding away to restore immune tolerance to the insulin producing cells. 

Along with this, Emma is also examining if there's a link with the bacteria resident in our gut, our immune system and the likelihood of developing type 1 diabetes. 

>Read more about Professor Emma Hamilton-Williams 

Further Information 

>Check my risk weblink 

>National Diabetes Week Campaign Website 

If you are doing something at TRI for National Diabetes Week please let us know by emailing [email protected]