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Type 1 Diabetes

June 2008

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The NIH is poised to make major discoveries in the prediction of who will develop type 1 diabetes and its complications, to personalize individual treatments, and to use this information to preempt disease onset and development of complications. This knowledge will have a major impact on reducing the human and economic toll of type 1 diabetes.

Some of the most important progress in type 1 diabetes has been gained from clinical studies in patients with diabetes and those at risk for the disease. To maintain the rapid pace of discovery, it is critical for individuals to take part in well designed clinical studies. As one leading researcher put it, "The patient is the most important member of the research team."

For more information, contact Mary Hanlon, Ph.D., (hanlonm@extra.niddk.nih.gov).




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