JDRF, Karen Addington, Teresa May, type 1 diabetes

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MAY JOINS JDRF AS AMBASSADOR

Former UK Prime Minister Theresa May

is new Ambassador for Type 1 diabetes

research charity JDRF. Diagnosed with

Type 1 diabetes in 2013, announcing her

decision to take up the role, Mrs May said,

"Type 1 diabetes is a serious condition

that requires a carefully managed routine,

whether you are a 12-year-old school

child or a prime minister standing at

the despatch box. But since my own

diagnosis, I have seen the progress that

JDRF's international research programme

has made."

As an Ambassador, Mrs May will

champion the charity's ground-breaking

research including the Connect Immune

Research initiative, which brings together

researchers from across autoimmune

conditions to uncover the common

threads in their work - meaning reduced

costs, and more new treatments, faster.

Scientists know there are similarities in the

genetic risk factors for many autoimmune

conditions. But their research typically

operates in disease-specific silos.

Connect Immune Research has the

potential to transform the lives of four

million people in the UK who live with an

autoimmune condition.

Mrs May added, "Connect Immune

Research is an example of the pioneering

innovation that makes our UK scientific

research community so globally

renowned. It represents a different way

of working across research disciplines,

collaborating over shared goals.

Innovative approaches like this will help

the medical research sector adapt to the

impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The UK's

medical research charities are vital to

making the UK a world leader in science

and research, investing £1.9 billion into

medical research last year, and giving a

voice to people with conditions such as

type 1 diabetes."

After initially being incorrectly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, Mrs May

has managed the condition first as Home

Secretary, then later as Prime Minister,

becoming the first world leader with Type

1 diabetes. Mrs May has always been

clear that a diagnosis of diabetes doesn't

have to hold a person back saying, "Living

with diabetes doesn't need to change

what you can do."

Karen Addington, UK Chief Executive

of JDRF, adds, "We are delighted to

welcome Theresa May as a JDRF

Ambassador. Theresa has committed

to championing our cause, bringing to

life the seriousness of the condition, and

raising the profile of type 1 diabetes and

JDRF's research."

Mrs May's support comes at a

challenging time for JDRF, as the

coronavirus crisis hits the charity's ability

to fundraise via marathons and other

public events. The charity is predicting

an income shortfall of £1m by the end of

June as a direct result of the coronavirus

and has therefore launched an urgent

appeal for donations, to help it protect its

research to find new treatments and cures

for type 1 diabetes.

To donate to JDRF's appeal visit

www.jdrf.org.uk/donate

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