Our Projects

See our approved research projects and campaigns.

Deciphering Maternal Type 1 Diabetes-Induced Embryonic Defects
Will understanding why normally good but aging beta-cells accumulate with the progression of T1D unlock the mystery of this disease?
Yao Wang
Novel therapy initiative with potential path to preventing T1D by targeting TWO components of T1D development (autoimmune response and beta-cell survival)
flavia pecanha
Engineering an Insulin/Glucagon Fusion Protein
Balamurugan Dhayalan, Ph.D.
Combination Insulin and Non-Insulin Therapy to Address Multiple Metabolic Abnormalities in Type 1 Diabetes
Using Autonomous Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Improve Early Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy in Children with T1D
Wolf - Diabetic Retinopathy
Advancing T1 Prevention and Cure Solutions from Cancer Research
Zoe Quandt
A New Signal to Halting T1D
Cell Silence can be Golden to Improving the Cure for T1D
Dr. Meier
Novel Engraftment Strategies for a Bioengineered Pancreas in the Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes
Skeletal Muscle Health and Blood Sugar Control In Type 1 Diabetes
Diabetes Research Connection | General Fund | 2021

Why Should You Donate

100% of your donation, directed to a research project, will go to that scientist’s laboratory.

Currently 1.25 million Americans live with type 1 diabetes (T1D), including 200,000 children. Approximately 40,000 new patients are diagnosed yearly. Despite this, funding has decreased for research to prevent, cure, and better manage the disease. What diabetes funding is available generally goes to established scientists.

About Us

We grant up to $50,000 to support each research project.

The Diabetes Research Connection is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in San Diego, California. Established in 2012 by five tireless proponents of diabetes research, our mission is to connect donors with early-career scientists enabling them to perform peer-reviewed, novel research designed to prevent and cure type 1 diabetes, minimize its complications and improve the quality of life for those living with the disease.

DRC has distributed
approximately $1.2M to research

  • Paige McCready_DRC

    I support Diabetes Research Connection’s innovative and transparent method!

    “As a type 1 diabetic for nearly 30 years, I support Diabetes Research Connection’s innovative and transparent method of directly funding researchers whose novel approaches may lead to a reduction of complications and the holy grail: a cure”.


    Board of Directors


  • Finding a cure is personal to our family and so many others across the country!

    “DRC’s model of funding and empowering early-career scientists to find a cure for Type 1 is very exciting. Finding a cure is personal to our family and so many others across the country”.

    Bobby Buchanan

    Board of Directors

  • Your support goes to the brightest and best young scientists!

    “At DRC we ensure that all research projects we advance for potential funding has received rigorous review by independent experts.  Your support goes to the brightest and best young scientists who are committed to finding a cure for diabetes”.

    Nigel Calcutt, PH.D.

    Vice President and research scientist.

  • I Believe The Mission Of The Diabetes Research Connection Is Vital!

    “Entering my fourth decade of type 1 diabetes research, it is quite remarkable to look back and see how research seeking to identify answers to the questions of how this disease develops and how the disorder could be cured have changed. No one could have envisioned the difficulty of obtaining research funding, especially for young people. For these reasons, I believe the mission of the Diabetes Research Connection is vital! It offers hope for the future of both those with type 1 diabetes and young investigators committed to making a major change possible. I fully support DRC and am committed to seeing it prosper.”
    Mark Atkinson, Ph.D.
    Director, University of Florida Diabetes Institute

  • Agata Jur - UMass

    We Need To Invest In Young Scientists

    “There is a need for increased collaborative efforts to eradicate diabetes. We need to invest in young scientists with new and fresh ideas that are willing to dedicate their career to study diabetes. Federal funding for young investigators in basic research is getting harder to acquire, so private funding is critical to invest in novel ideas to help young scientists in their quest for the cure.”
    Agata Jurczyk, Ph.D.
    University of Massachusetts Medical School

  • alberto hayek

    Advancing Efforts of Early-Career Scientists

    “The Diabetes Research Connection will advance the efforts of early-career scientists whose innovative proposals for diabetes investigations might be overlooked by government funding agencies in favor of more conventional research.”
    Alberto Hayek, M.D.
    Professor Emeritus, UC San Diego

  • Amy Adams

    We select the research we believe in!

    “We support the Diabetes Research Connection because it affords us the rare opportunity to select the research that we believe in and to better understand it by interacting with the very scientists who will DO the research.”

    Amy Adams
    Donor, Chair of Lay Review Committee, Diabetes Research Connection

  • Dr. David Winkler

    A Personal Reason to Support Diabetes Research

    “Several of my family members have or had diabetes. I have lived with T1D for over 50 years. I am committed to ensuring that the Diabetes Research Connection becomes one of the most significant forces funding innovative diabetes research that will rid the planet of this disease and its complications.”
    David Winkler
    Chair of the Board, Diabetes Research Connection


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