HTJ-JL Foundation Announces Alliance with the Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation

April 26, 2013 – The TJ-JL Foundation is proud to announce a new alliance with the Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation (DRWF). Headquartered in Washington, D.C., DRWF has dedicated the last 20 years to funding cutting-edge research into the causes, prevention, and treatment of, and cure for, diabetes. Through its network of offices in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Sweden, DRWF has awarded grants to more than 75 notable institutions and clinics (totaling over $25 million).

The TJ-JL board voted to directly support one of DRWF’s most promising studies, transplantation of islets (insulin producing cells) from pigs to humans, without the need for rejection drugs or immune suppression. The technology, called surrogate tolerogenesis (ST) has been shown effective in initial studies. Researchers will conduct a more extensive study with the hope of obtaining FDA approval to move forward with clinical trials. This research is led by Dr. Norma Kenyon from the Diabetes Research Institute in Miami. Dr. Kenyon’s daughter has type 1 diabetes.

TJ-JL has pledged to raise $60,000 over the next three years for this ST pig islet project. It will be exciting to follow this study and be directly involved in research that may result in a cure.

In addition to research grants, DRWF is also very active in local communities, providing educational materials, counseling, and an on-call diabetes nurse educator for their members. Their motto is “Staying healthy until a cure is found”.

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