World Health Day 2016 - Diabetes

On the 7th April 2016, World Health Day focuses on Diabetes this year so we're putting the spotlight on all things Diabetes at TRI. Diabetes is a complicated auto-immune disease with a variety of genetic and lifestyle factors which we are still trying to understand. 

Learn more about Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes with the following resources. 

Diabetes Projects at TRI

Medical research projects at TRI are translational, or heading towards the translational pathway, which means there must be a clear clinical question before undertaking the project and a patentable finding along the way. These translational projects at TRI look at Diabetes, the drugs used to treat and manage diabetes and the relationships between Diabetes and other conditions.

Diabetes Associations

Diabetes Australia

Celebrities with T1D

Did you know, the following celebrities suffer from Type 1 Diabetes, managing their condition with daily insulin injections to regular their blood glucose:

  • Tom Hanks
  • Halle Berry
  • Mary Tyler Moore
  • Bret Michaels
  • Anne Rice
  • Gary Hall Jr (olympic gold)
  • Salma Hayek
  • Nick Jonas
  • David Crosby

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Princess Alexandra Hospital Diabetes pIONEER

World Health Day gave us the opportunity to research some of the pioneers of diabetes here on the PA campus. In 1963 Dr Brian Hirschfeld was the visiting diabetologist at the newly established diabetes clinic. He still visits UQ's Diamantina Institute on the PA campus, where his family has a long running history with the study and treatment of diabetes.

Spotlight on the Researchers

Of the 650+ researchers based at TRI, many of them are working with autoimmune diseases including diabetes. Their work is supported by the many fundraising activities conducted by organisations such as JDRF, Diabetes Australia, and Diabetes Queensland. The work looks at diabetes from a variety of angles, but they all agree on the importance of distinguishing the conditions Type 1 & 2, and that there's far more to be understood about diabetes.