See a snapshot of the projects we are funding below, thanks to the support of our donors and fundraisers.
Providing innovative pancreas and islet cell transplants and Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Auto Transplantation (TP-IAT) procedures in Adelaide for people with chronic Type 1 diabetes and to prevent the onset of diabetes.
Investigating a new transplant option for Type 1 diabetes through the development of a 3D printer which has the ability to print insulin-producing islet cells for transplant. The 3D printed islet cells will eliminate the need to rely on a deceased donor’s islet cells.
Testing a unique therapy which aims to promote blood vessel growth for diabetic patients who are more prone to impaired wound healing.
Investigating new ways to avoid the need for anti-rejection medications for transplant patients by targeting the immune cells responsible for organ rejection, using nanoparticles.
Conducting a clinical trial on whether bitter supplements reduce the appetite of people with Type 2 diabetes and therefore allow better control of blood glucose levels and health risks.
Understanding the underlying complex factors which lead to vision loss in people with Type 2 diabetes, and using these insights to develop a model of care for management and screening eye complications within Indigenous communities.
Investigating ways to prevent potentially life-threatening diabetic ketoacidosis when a person with diabetes undergoes surgery and their medication puts them at risk.
Investigating whether time-restricted eating (also known as intermittent fasting, when you limit food intake to a nine-hour period per day) can regulate glucose control and prevent Type 2 diabetes.
Investigating the causes behind diabetes inequalities in Indigenous Australia and developing ways to improve prevention, treatment and management of the condition in this population.
Supporting the Central and Northern Adelaide Renal and Transplantation Service (CNARTS) Group to develop a database to enable more research and improve the care given to those with kidney disease, on dialysis and transplant patients.
Investigating new ways to avoid the need for anti-rejection medications for transplant patients by targeting the immune cells responsible for organ rejection.
Researching the challenges faced by women with kidney disease to become pregnant and have successful pregnancies, and using these insights to produce educational resources to support women in their journey to become mothers.
Researching the potential for nutrition interventions for kidney transplant recipients to improve their overall gut health and aid recovery.
Protecting people against kidney damage from excessive salt intake by investigating the role a Nedd4-2 gene plays in people with kidney disease who are deficient in this gene.
Examining ways to prevent the pain and trauma experienced by dialysis patients when having their needles inserted and complications arising with their AV fistula connection.
Progressing work to establish a Biospherix Chamber in Adelaide to enable faster and safer pancreatic islet transplantation, to avoid the need for a patient’s pancreas to fly interstate during the procedure to have its islet cells harvested.
Helping to provide highly innovative Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Auto Transplantation (TP-IAT) procedures in Adelaide as the only program of its kind available for people with hereditary pancreatitis.
Investigating the prevalence of hereditary pancreatitis and its gene profile in order to better understand disease risk, severity and progression in patients and their family members.