Could a test help determine a person's chance of developing type
1 diabetes? Researchers from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical
Research and the Diabetes Clinic at Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital
certainly hope so.
A $75,000 grant from the Diabetes Research Foundation of Western
Australia will help support researchers as they attempt to build on
recent breakthroughs in the genetic makeup of type 1 diabetes.
Lead researcher Professor Grant Morahan said the test could have
major benefits for families and the health system.
"A test that can be applied at the time of diagnosis and predict
someone's lifetime risk of developing diabetic complications -
which range from diabetic coma to kidney failure - will be a great
help to the children affected, their families, and the clinicians
caring for them, as well as saving vital health dollars," Professor
"Likewise, a test that gives us the ability to be able to say
that brothers or sisters of a child with type 1 diabetes will
likely remain unaffected will also provide relief to anxious
"We've discovered that the specific genetic signature a person
with type 1 diabetes has indicates the type of health complications
they may develop."
Stay tuned for future breakthroughs.