Ex­cel­lent start for diabetes cen­tre

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

RE­SEARCH into child­hood diabetes in Perth has been given a ma­jor boost with the launch of the $7 mil­lion WA Chil­dren’s Diabetes Re­search and Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre for Re­search Ex­cel­lence.

Based at Telethon Kids In­sti­tute, it will be Aus­tralia’s first Cen­tre for Re­search Ex­cel­lence (CRE) in pae­di­atric clin­i­cal diabetes.

It was opened on Novem­ber 13 by Diabetes Aus­tralia pres­i­dent Judi Moy­lan.

Co-direc­tors of the cen­tre Pro­fes­sor Tim Jones and As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Liz Davis said the cen­tre would bring to­gether ex­perts in type 1 diabetes, ex­er­cise, health eco­nomics and ed­u­ca­tion.

“The cen­tre puts our team at the fore­front of type 1 diabetes re­search in the world,” Pro­fes­sor Jones said.

“It not only rep­re­sents a mas­sive vote of con­fi­dence in the skills and ex­per­tise of our lo­cal re­searchers but it gives chil­dren with type 1 diabetes in WA greater ac­cess to cut­ting-edge treat­ments through our re­search.”

Pro­fes­sor Jones said the cen­tre would build the team’s ca­pac­ity to do more re­search, in­clud­ing run­ning clin­i­cal tri­als with in­ter­na­tional and na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tors.

It would also im­prove the treat­ment for the grow­ing num­ber of chil­dren di­ag­nosed with type 1 diabetes and re­duce the bil­lion dol­lar costs of man­ag­ing the in­cur­able dis­ease.

“One of the unique fea­tures of our cen­tre will be the high level of con­sumer in­volve­ment in all as­pects of our re­search, from high­light­ing prob­lems they con­front at home, to trans­la­tion of our re­search into clin­i­cal out­comes.”

Pro­fes­sor Davis said the cen­tre had a holis­tic ap­proach to diabetes treat­ment, which in­cluded pro­grams to ad­dress the in­creased men­tal health is­sues suf­fered by young di­a­bet­ics.

The WA Chil­dren’s Diabetes Re­search and Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre was launched with more than $7 mil­lion of fund­ing over five years from var­i­ous agen­cies. THE re­search projects un­der­taken at WA Chil­dren’s Diabetes Re­search and Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre will in­clude:

The first home trial of an “ar­ti­fi­cial pan­creas” in Aus­tralia, which will in­volve 200 fam­i­lies and five hos­pi­tals across the coun­try.

Stud­ies to bet­ter understand the in­ter­ac­tion of in­sulin with ex­er­cise and food in­take.

Pro­grams to sup­port young di­a­bet­ics in school.

De­vel­op­ment and trial of an app to mea­sure the im­pact of anx­i­ety on blood glu­cose lev­els in teenage di­a­bet­ics.

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