The Special Diabetes Program (SDP) legislates 150 million dollars for Type 1 Diabetes research annually. The SPD was renewed in 2012 for one year (previously renewed for 3 years), so it will be up for renewal again this year. Multi-year funding is needed to plan for and continue large-scale trials.
Research studies that the SDP has supported include: Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet, the TEDDY Study, Clinical Islet Transplantation Consortium, the Beta Cell Biology Consortium, the Diabetes Research in Children Network, the Diabetic Complications Consortium, and the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network.
To support the renewal of the SDP, you can become a JDRF advocate.
Becoming a JDRF advocate is simple and costs nothing. You can sign up online at JDRF Advocacy. Then you will receive emails with legislative updates and requests to email or call your representatives when needed.