Congratulations to Children’s Diabetes Centre’s Dr Aveni Haynes on being awarded a JDRF Postdoctoral Fellowship to inform type 1 diabetes prevention strategies by investigating early blood glucose abnormalities in at-risk children.
For this three-year fellowship, continuous glucose monitoring technology (CGM) will be used in young children who have a first-degree family member diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and who are being followed from birth in the ENDIA Study (Australia’s largest study into the causes of type 1 diabetes).
Dr Haynes, who leads the epidemiology diabetes research at the Children’s Diabetes Centre, says the findings from the project will provide new information on the changes in glucose metabolism that occur in children identified as being at risk of type 1 diabetes before they are diagnosed with the disease.
“This study will contribute to the world’s first data on patterns of glucose levels measured using CGM in very young children at risk of type 1 diabetes, before they develop clinical type 1 diabetes,” she says.
“This new knowledge is vital for global type 1 diabetes prevention efforts aimed at reversing and/or delaying the onset of type 1 diabetes and will inform future strategies for better identification of asymptomatic individuals eligible for future intervention studies.”