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T1D Grant Recipients

Congratulations to our newest research grant awardees!

Join us in cheering on these new T1D researchers! 

Every year, hundreds of new T1D researchers for our prestigious research grant. This year, we were thrilled to review an impressive array of applications, each one promising a potential breakthrough. Today, it is with great joy that we announce our newest research grant awardees!

Announcing the Awardees

Context of the Research Grant

The research grant is an annual offering by our organization to support innovative minds in their journey to make significant contributions to their field. Ever wondered how life-changing discoveries come to be? It’s through such opportunities, where researchers are given the funding and support they need to explore and experiment.

Overview of the Selection Process

The selection process was a rigorous one, encompassing several rounds of reviews and interviews. It’s no walk in the park; our panel of experienced judges critically evaluated each proposal based on originality, feasibility, potential impact, and the applicant’s capability to carry out the research.

The Importance of Research Grants

Research grants are vital to advancing knowledge in various fields. They provide resources for innovators to push the boundaries of what we know and understand. It’s like giving wings to those poised on the edge of discovery. Who knows where these wings might carry them?

Future Opportunities for Aspiring Applicants

Are you intrigued by the accomplishments of our awardees and inspired to create your own wave in your field of interest? We encourage you to apply in the future. Remember, the world of innovation and discovery is always ripe with opportunities, like a tree laden with fruit waiting to be picked.


We congratulate our newest t1d researchers who won grants once again. Their passion, creativity, and dedication to their respective fields are indeed inspiring. As we look forward to the fruits of their research, we remain committed to fostering innovation and nurturing talent through our annual research grants. After all, who knows? The next game-changing discovery could be just an application away!


  1. How can I apply for the research grant?
    • Details about the application process will be published on our website during the application period.
  2. What are the eligibility criteria for the research grant?
    • The criteria may vary annually, but typically, we look for innovative, impactful proposals and capable applicants.
  3. How are the research grant awardees selected?
    • The awardees are chosen through a rigorous selection process involving multiple rounds of reviews and interviews.
  4. Can international applicants apply for the research grant?
    • Yes, our research grant is open to international applicants.
  5. When is the next application period?
    • The dates for the next application period will be announced on our website.

We look forward to following their progress.

Look for future emails that will highlight their projects in more detail.

Diabetes Pledge

For questions or information on other ways to give such gifts via stock or donor-advised funds, contact Christine Rhoads at crhoads@diabetesresearchconnection.org.

All gifts to DRC are 100% tax-deductible.  DRC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization / Tax ID#90-0815395.


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See our approved research projects and campaigns.

Role of the integrated stress response in type 1 diabetes pathogenesis
In individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1D), the insulin-producing beta cells are spontaneously destroyed by their own immune system. The trigger that provokes the immune system to destroy the beta cells is unknown. However, accumulating evidence suggest that signals are perhaps first sent out by the stressed beta cells that eventually attracts the immune cells. Stressed cells adapt different stress mitigation systems as an adaptive response. However, when these adaptive responses go awry, it results in cell death. One of the stress response mechanisms, namely the integrated stress response (ISR) is activated under a variety of stressful stimuli to promote cell survival. However, when ISR is chronically activated, it can be damaging to the cells and can lead to cell death. The role of the ISR in the context of T1D is unknown. Therefore, in this DRC funded study, we propose to study the ISR in the beta cells to determine its role in propagating T1D.
Wearable Skin Fluorescence Imaging Patch for the Detection of Blood Glucose Level on an Engineered Skin Platform
A Potential Second Cure for T1D by Re-Educating the Patient’s Immune System
L Ferreira
Validating the Hypothesis to Cure T1D by Eliminating the Rejection of Cells From Another Person by Farming Beta Cells From a Patient’s Own Stem Cells
Han Zhu
Taming a Particularly Lethal Category of Cells May Reduce/Eliminate the Onset of T1D
JRDwyer 2022 Lab 1
Can the Inhibition of One Specific Body Gene Prevent Type 1 Diabetes?
Is Cholesterol Exacerbating T1D by Reducing the Functionality and Regeneration Ability of Residual Beta Cells?
Regeneration Ability of Residual Beta Cells
A Call to Question… Is T1D Caused by Dysfunctionality of Two Pancreatic Cells (β and α)?
Xin Tong
Novel therapy initiative with potential path to preventing T1D by targeting TWO components of T1D development (autoimmune response and beta-cell survival)
flavia pecanha