Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks the cells that make insulin. Insulin is the hormone that manages blood glucose, which is a major fuel source for our bodies.
Insulin is produced by pancreatic beta cells, also known as islet cells. Once these cells are gone, the body can’t produce any more insulin. And without it, blood sugar levels rise to dangerously high levels — which can cause organ damage. Diabetics have to monitor their sugar levels with a blood test, and take insulin injections several times a day.Read more about diabetes
Around 120,000 Australians live with type 1 diabetes.
One in every 700 Australian children are affected.
Incidence is rising with 1,825 new cases per year.
We’re investigating how and why the immune system attacks itself. This includes studying the factors that ‘switch on’ of an immune attack on beta cells. We’re also looking at genomic data, the role of T cells in the immune response, and the effective transplantation of pancreatic tissue.Our diabetes research