Testimonials

To Support Innovative Scientific Inquiry until Diabetes Is Eliminated.

Agata Jur - UMass
Alberto Hayek_DRC
Amy Adams
Dr. Charles King
Maureen Gannon

I Believe the Mission of the Diabetes Research Connection is Vital!

“Entering my fourth decade of type 1 diabetes research, it is quite remarkable to look back and see how research seeking to identify answers to the questions of how this disease develops and how the disorder could be cured have changed. No one could have envisioned the difficulty of obtaining research funding, especially for young people. For these reasons, I believe the mission of the Diabetes Research Connection is vital! It offers hope for the future of both those with type 1 diabetes and young investigators committed to making a major change possible. I fully support DRC and am committed to seeing it prosper.”
Mark Atkinson, Ph.D.
Director, University of Florida Diabetes Institute

Agata Jur - UMass

We Need to Invest in Young Scientists

“There is a need for increased collaborative efforts to eradicate diabetes. We need to invest in young scientists with new and fresh ideas that are willing to dedicate their career to study diabetes. Federal funding for young investigators in basic research is getting harder to acquire, so private funding is critical to invest in novel ideas to help young scientists in their quest for the cure.”
Agata Jurczyk, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Alberto Hayek_DRC

Advancing Efforts of Early-Career Scientists

“The Diabetes Research Connection is advancing the efforts of early-career scientists whose innovative proposals for diabetes investigations may be overlooked by government funding agencies in favor of more conventional research.”
Alberto Hayek, M.D.
President, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor at Diabetes Research Connection

Amy Adams

Sometimes Diabetes Simply Cannot be Controlled

“I support the Diabetes Research Connection because I believe that a cure is possible and may very well lie in a different direction than where traditional research has been focused. I want to support new promising paradigms of thought that are scientifically endorsed by experts in the field of diabetes. Diabetes Research Connection is the perfect platform for this type of investigation.”
Amy Adams
Mom to a son with type 1 diabetes

A Personal Reason to Support Diabetes Research

“Several of my family members have or had diabetes. I have lived with T1D for 60 years. The Diabetes Research Connection is one of the most significant forces funding innovative diabetes research that will rid the planet of this disease and its complications.”
David Winkler
Chair, Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer at Diabetes Research Connection

Dr. Charles King

Committed to the Cure

“The Diabetes Research Connection is a powerful breeding ground for new ideas in T1D research in the context of a supportive and enthusiastic community of supporters.”
C.C. King
Research Scientist, Secretary at Diabetes Research Connection

Funding Young Scientists to Pursue New, but Fully Vetted Ideas in Type 1 Diabetes Research

“I love the concept of this organization: funding young scientists to pursue new, but fully vetted ideas in type 1 diabetes research. We need to continue to feed the developmental pipeline for research scientists and ideas in type 1. I love the idea of choosing where (to whom) my money goes and hearing directly from the scientists.”
Chris Stiehl
Supporter, Living with type 1 diabetes for over 60 years

The Diabetes Research Connection Expedites the Discovery Process

“This is a fantastic method for funding scientific endeavors and represents a paradigm shift for supporting innovative basic diabetes research. The Diabetes Research Connection expedites the discovery process and ensures funding for the next generation of promising young researchers, leading to new discoveries and ways in which to prevent and cure type 1 diabetes.”
Ivan Gayler
Supporter

Groundbreaking Effort

“I am passionate about User Experience and developing technologies that create meaningful communities that are focused on making a difference. So I am thrilled at the effort to revolutionize how the U.S. funds diabetes research. Most important to me is the effort to bridge the gap between scientist and supporters to cultivate a community of connection. The Diabetes Research Connection creates a community of compassion and care that will lead us to the cure. It will revolutionize the link between the champions that are supporting our fight for the cure and the researchers that are waging our war for progress.”
Jarryd Wafer
Senior Designer at FindTheBest.com

DRC Funds Brilliant Young Research Investigators

“The Diabetes Research Connection is a tremendous way to fund brilliant young research investigators in the early stages of their careers — when they need our support the most. These fresh, innovative minds spearhead scientific discoveries, and ensure that there is a robust diabetes drug/device pipeline for years to come. I applaud the founders of DRC for creating this important resource that empowers supporters to fund researchers directly, and for offering transparency to the entire funding process.”
Lorraine Stiehl
Diabetes Research Advocate, Board Member JDRF

DRC Fills a Void in our Type 1 Diabetes Funding Scheme

“DRC fills a void in our type 1 diabetes funding scheme – it allows for postdoctoral and early investigators to get their ideas out to the interested public and to provide much needed funds for this next generation researcher to conduct their important studies.”
Matthias Hebrok, Ph.D.
Director, Diabetes Center, UC of San Francisco

Maureen Gannon

Diabetes Research Connection is a Novel Way to Obtain Funding

“In this time of funding difficulty, the Diabetes Research Connection is a novel way to obtain funding and a great way for scientists to communicate their exciting ideas with the public. Scientists need to branch out and explore new funding mechanisms.”
Maureen Gannon, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University, Associate Professor of Medicine, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and Cell and Developmental Biology

One of the Fastest Reviews!

“It was a pleasure working with the Diabetes Research Connection. This was one of the fastest reviews! I thank the Diabetes Research Connection for their support, reviews and feedback. The comments on the pre-proposal were very helpful in refining and clarifying my thoughts and experimental plan, and the input provided by the Layperson Committee on my video helped me produce something with a much stronger chance of attracting potential donors. I am delighted to have received this opportunity.”
Sangeeta Dhawan, Ph.D.
University of California Los Angeles

Incredibly Grateful for the Funding Received

“Thanks to the Diabetes Research Connection, I was able to undertake my investigation, ‘Can we engineer a patient’s immune cells to stop the autoimmune attack that causes type 1 diabetes?’ The Brusko lab is incredibly grateful for the $50,000 received to drive this exciting research project forward.”
Todd Brusko, Ph.D.
Research Scientist University of Florida

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Treating Type 1 diabetes with synthetic cells

Treating type 1 diabetes (T1D) takes careful planning and calculation. Individuals must test their blood to determine their blood glucose level, then calculate exactly how much insulin they need to inject. They must pay careful attention to what they eat and how their body responds.

We grant up to $50,000 to support each research project