Help cure diabetes
“The consequences of diabetes can be very dire. Diabetes is also linked to many diseases including liver cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and Alzheimer’s”
Professor Mark Febbraio, Division Head – Diabetes and Metabolism
There are more than 1.5 million people with diabetes in Australia, with an estimated half undiagnosed. In the past 20 years, the number of Australians diagnosed with diabetes has trebled and 275 people develop diabetes every day.
There are two main types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2, which have different causes but similar effects on the body. In both, the body can’t properly regulate a hormone called insulin, which converts glucose from food into energy. Without insulin, blood glucose levels rise to dangerously high levels that can cause organ damage. If left untreated, diabetes can cause serious long-term complications including kidney disease, retina damage, cardiovascular disease, and nerve damage, often resulting in amputation.
Garvan’s diabetes research
Garvan has one of the most sophisticated diabetes research programs globally. Our Diabetes and Metabolism Division comprises nearly 100 research scientists and clinicians working together to untangle the complexity of metabolic disease. Diabetes researchers at the Garvan Institute are finding ways to stop the type 2 diabetes epidemic, to understand the link to obesity and its prevalence throughout the globe, and to develop new and improved methods of detection and treatments.
We are also looking at ways to develop better treatments for type 1 diabetes that will improve quality of life and reduce dependence on insulin and to do this, we need philanthropic support from community, businesses and government to allow our researchers to make a difference to those affected by diabetes.
Help us find the cure
Can help keep our laboratories stocked with essential equipment
Could pay for half a day of research to help us understand major diseases
Could bring us one step closer to the cures we seek