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See our approved research projects and campaigns.

Do Classical T1D Patients Share Genetic Makeup with ICI-Induced T1D Patients?
$29,140 of $50,000 raised
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Novel Engraftment Strategies for a Bioengineered Pancreas in the Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes
$36,000 of $50,000 raised
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NOVEL ENGRAFTMENT STRATEGIES
A New Approach to Disrupting the Onset of T1D
$46,320 of $50,000 raised
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Looking Beyond Beta-Cells for Management of T1D
$40,000 of $40,000 raised
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Diabetes Research Connection | General Fund | 2020
$388,109 of $600,000 raised
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DRC

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.

  • 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

    Sometimes Diabetes Simply Cannot Be Controlled

    “I support the Diabetes Research Connection because I believe that a cure is possible and may very well lie in a different direction than where traditional research has been focused. I want to support new promising paradigms of thought that are scientifically endorsed by experts in the field of diabetes. I think the Diabetes Research Connection is the perfect platform for this type of investigation.”
    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

  • Dr. Charles King

    Committed To The Cure

    “The Diabetes Research Connection is a powerful breeding ground for new ideas in T1D research in the context of a supportive and enthusiastic community of donors.”
    C.C. King
    Associate Research Scientist, Pediatric Diabetes Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, UCSD

  • Funding Young Scientists To Pursue New, But Fully Vetted Ideas In Type 1 Diabetes Research

    “I love the concept behind this website and organization: funding young scientists to pursue new, but fully vetted ideas in type 1 diabetes research. We need to continue to feed the developmental pipeline for research scientists and ideas in type 1. I love the idea of choosing where (to whom) my money goes and hearing directly from them.”
    Chris Stiehl
    Supporter

  • The Diabetes Research Connection Will Expedite The Discovery Process

    “This is a fantastic new method for funding scientific endeavors and represents a paradigm shift for supporting innovative basic diabetes research. The Diabetes Research Connection will expedite the discovery process and ensure funding for the next generation of promising young researchers, leading to new discoveries and ways in which to prevent and cure type 1 diabetes.”
    Ivan Gayler
    Donor


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