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All EYES ON DIABETES: Diabetes Victoria funds vital diabetes research

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As the leading charity working to reduce the impact of diabetes in the Victorian community, Diabetes Victoria continues its commitment to support promising diabetes research projects. For 2017, Diabetes Victoria has contributed $1.3 million to the $3.6 million Diabetes Australian Research Program (DARP) funding pool, directly supporting 17 Victorian researchers looking into better treatment and management options for all types of diabetes, as well as reducing the risk of well-documented serious health complications. 
 
"Research has come a long way in helping us to understand all types of diabetes," says Diabetes Victoria CEO Craig Bennett. "Although the scientific puzzle is not yet solved, countless projects have led to significant improvements in diabetes management and the related technology. There is a great and ongoing need for timely and important research in Australia, so we must continue our efforts in this area."  
 
Since 1987, DARP has supported and developed outstanding diabetes research in Australia. DARP provides funding for a range of grants across the full spectrum of diabetes research through a merit-based, competitive, peer review process. Funded projects can focus on prevention, management of diabetes or the cure for diabetes.
 
Every year, Diabetes Victoria passes on significant proceeds from its various fundraising activities to the national DARP funding pool. In 2017, a total of 55 DARP grants were offered, 17 to Victorian-based researchers. Diabetes Victoria has contributed $1.3 million to the DARP funding pool. 
 
“Every dollar donated ensures more vital research is undertaken. Each project may hold a vital key to that next development, helping to make a real difference,” Craig says. "I’m pleased to congratulate our 17 Victorian recipients, who are advocates of Victoria’s brilliant reputation for world class medical research."
 
An announcement will be made in due course about the Victorian recipients of the DARP Millennium Awards (type 1 and type 2), each valued at $150,000.
 
We support, empower and campaign for all Victorians affected by diabetes.
 

For more information: 

Jane Kneebone   0416 148 845 jkneebone@diabetesvic.org.au
Sybille Taylor 0408 102 344   staylor@diabetesvic.org.au
 
 
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