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What's New With JDRF - Southeast Michigan!


Team JDRF Challenge Events 
Now recruiting participants!
Let your passion for helping others provide the inspiration to train and raise money to cure type 1 diabetes. For more information about JDRF Challenge Events or to participate in the endurance event of your choice, click the Take the Challenge banner above.
Ride to Cure Diabetes - 2013 locations and dates available here.
Train to ride in one of JDRF’s destination cycling events. The Ride offers a variety of destinations and distances for riders of all fitness levels as well as multiple fundraising options.

Detroit Free Press Marathon 
JDRF is proud to be a 2013 Charity Partner of the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon taking place on October 20. Let your passion for helping others provide the inspiration to train for the Marathon, Half-Marathon, 5-Person Relay or 5K run/walk and raise money to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes.
Benefits of joining Team JDRF for the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon include:
  • A personal and customizable fundraising web page
  • JDRF covers the cost of the race registration fee
  • Complimentary entry into Running Fit's 501 Full & Half Marathon Training Program
  • A Team JDRF training shirt and race singlet
  • A Team JDRF pre-race pasta party and invitation to all team events
  • Fundraising tools and support throughout the entire season
  • Most importantly knowing you have a key role in finding a cure for type 1 diabetes
To learn more and join our team, click here.


JDRF Updates
First Single Gene Mutation Shown to Result in Type 1 Diabetes

A JDRF-funded study out of Switzerland has shown that a single gene called SIRT1 may be involved in the development of type 1 diabetes (T1D) and other autoimmune diseases. The study, “Identification of a SIRT1 Mutation in a Family with Type 1 Diabetes,” was published today in Cell Metabolism and represents the first demonstration of a monogenetic defect leading to the onset of T1D. Read more here.


JDRF Comments on Economic Impact of Diabetes

Health economists funded by the American Diabetes Association released an update today of their analysis of the costs of diabetes in the United States, noting an increase in cost of 41 percent, from $174 billion in 2007 to $245 billion in 2012. The analysis points to the rise in diabetes as a catalyst for this alarming increase. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are rising.

In 2012, JDRF released a study showing that therapies to improve glucose control could save the Medicare program $190 billion over the course of 25 years. Research to cure, treat, and prevent diabetes is not only needed for those living with T1D; it is also pertinent to the long-term fiscal health of our country.

Read more here.

Exciting News About the Artificial Pancreas Project
Tom Brobson, who is the JDRF National Director of Research Investment Opportunities and was diagnosed with T1D at 44, recently spent three days and two nights in a clinical trial of the artificial pancreas system. While out to dinner, over night and through an ice cream sundae, a sophisticated smartphone took data from a continuous glucose sensor and helped to automate delivery from Tom’s insulin pump. Learn more, directly from Tom, in the video below.



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