Congess Passes Renewal for Diabetes Research

Congress approved funding of $300 million for continued diabetes research:

""Today Congress passed a multi-year renewal of the Special Diabetes Program (SDP), ensuring that studies on promising diabetes treatments and avenues toward a cure continue uninterrupted. As the father of a son living with type 1 diabetes, and as CEO of JDRF, one of the leading advocates for the renewal of this program, I applaud the U.S. government for its continued commitment to end this disease.

At a time when the incidence of diabetes, both type 1 and 2, is rising and when a CDC modeling study predicts that one in three Americans will be living with diabetes by the year 2050, our nation cannot afford to falter in its support for research that will help to lessen and ultimately eliminate the burden of diabetes from our healthcare system.

We have made progress toward better treatments. We have also made progress toward a cure. But we're not there yet. Advancing science takes time, and breakthroughs are unpredictable. We at JDRF are trying to accelerate the process by identifying and filling gaps to help bring products to patients as quickly and safely as possible by providing significant funding and direction to type 1 diabetes research. But we can't do it alone. And this is why we are excited to see the U.S. government renew its commitment to diabetes research today. The combination of federal diabetes research funding and private investments through JDRF has created one of the most effective public-private partnerships focused on disease research.

The SDP is unique because it supplements annually-appropriated NIH-research funding with a mandatory funding stream for type 1 diabetes research. Currently, the SDP represents 35 percent of all the federal research on type 1 diabetes. Since its establishment in 1997, the program has produced tangible scientific and clinical results, and real returns on the federal investment in type 1 diabetes research."

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