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Minister welcomes new research grants for juvenile diabetes.

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Media release

The Hon. Dr Michael Wooldridge

Minister for Health and Family Services


MW 70/98

31 March 1998




The Federal Minister for Health and Family Services, Dr Michael Wooldridge, today congratulated the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Australia for building on its $12 million investment in Australian diabetes research with new grants worth $630,000 in 1998-99.


Statistics show 800,00 Australians have diabetes. It is estimated that over $1 billion is spent annually on diabetes including expensive treatment for diabetic complications such as eye, heart and kidney disease.


“Australian diabetes research, particularly in diabetic complications, may lead to reducing this enormous community expense,” Dr Wooldridge said.


“By winning these very competitive grants, Australian researchers have again won international acclaim for their innovative and excellent research,” he said.


The 1998-99 projects announced today by the JDFA include investigations into diabetic complications such as kidney disease and blood vessels damage, which are two leading causes of diabetes-related death.


Other projects funded in 1998-99 include research into the immunology of diabetes and pancreas transplants which may ultimately lead to a cure.


The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the National Health and Medical Research Council last year jointly funded research program grants worth up to $5 million for five years.


“Australians can support our talented researchers by participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation's WALK for the Cure, taking place on October 18 in capital cities around Australian,” Dr Wooldridge said.


Media Contacts:  Bill Royce, Dr Wooldridge's Office, 02 6277 7220

Paul de Leon , Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Australia, 02 9966 0400