To Support Innovative Scientific Inquiry until Diabetes Is Eliminated.

Paige McCready_DRC
Agata Jur - UMass
alberto hayek
Amy Adams
Dr. David Winkler
Dr. Charles King
Maureen Gannon
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


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

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

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

A Groundbreaking Effort

“I am passionate about User Experience and developing technologies that create meaningful communities that are focused on making a difference. So I am thrilled at this groundbreaking effort to revolutionize how we fund diabetes research. Most important to me is the effort to bridge the gap between scientist and supporters to cultivate a community of connection. The Diabetes Research Connection aspires to create a community of compassion and care that will lead us to the cure. It will revolutionize the link between the champions that are supporting our fight for the cure and the researchers that are waging our war for progress.”
Jarryd Wafer
Senior Designer at FindTheBest.com

DRC is a tremendous new way to fund brilliant young research investigators

The Diabetes Research Connection is a tremendous new way to fund brilliant young research investigators in the early stages of their careers — when they need our support the most. These fresh, innovative minds will spearhead scientific discoveries, and will ensure that we have a robust diabetes drug/device pipeline for years to come. I applaud the founders of DRC for creating this important new resource that empowers donors to fund researchers directly, and for offering transparency to the entire funding process.
Lorraine Stiehl
Diabetes Research Advocate, Board Member JDRF, Board Member Diabetes Hands Foundation

DRC Fills A Void In Our Type 1 Diabetes Funding Scheme

“DRC fills a void in our type 1 diabetes funding scheme – it allows for postdoctoral and early investigators to get their ideas out to the interested public and to provide much needed funds for this next generation researcher to conduct their important studies.”
Matthias Hebrok, Ph.D.
Director, Diabetes Center, UC of San Francisco

Maureen Gannon

Diabetes Research Connection Is A Novel Way To Obtain Funding

In this time of funding difficulty, the Diabetes Research Connection is a novel way to obtain funding and a great way for scientists to communicate their exciting ideas with the public. Scientists need to branch out and explore new funding mechanisms.
Maureen Gannon, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University, Associate Professor of Medicine, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and Cell and Developmental Biology

One Of The Fastest Reviews!

“It was a pleasure working with the Diabetes Research Connection. This was one of the fastest reviews! I thank the Diabetes Research Connection for their support, reviews and feedback. The comments on the pre-proposal were very helpful in refining and clarifying my thoughts and experimental plan, and the input provided by the Layperson Committee on my video helped me produce something with a much stronger chance of attracting potential donors. I am delighted to have received this opportunity.”
Sangeeta Dhawan, Ph.D.
University of California Los Angeles

Incredibly Grateful For The Funding We Received

“Thanks to the Diabetes Research Connection, I was able to undertake my investigation, ‘Can we engineer a patient’s immune cells to stop the autoimmune attack that causes type 1 diabetes?’ The Brusko lab is incredibly grateful for the $50,000 we received to drive this exciting research project forward.”
Todd Brusko, Ph.D.
University of Florida

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Treating Type 1 diabetes with synthetic cells

Treating type 1 diabetes (T1D) takes careful planning and calculation. Individuals must test their blood to determine their blood glucose level, then calculate exactly how much insulin they need to inject. They must pay careful attention to what they eat and how their body responds.

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