01 April 2014

Supporting children and young adults with Type 1 Diabetes

Dr Allison Green, HYMS Senior Lecturer and type 1 diabetes researcher in the Centre for Immunology and Infection, was invited by diabetes-specialty nurses Jeannette Burson-Thomas and Anne Foster to talk to children and young adults with type 1 diabetes about her research. 

Some 100 children, young adults and their families met at Scunthorpe General Hospital to listen to Allison describe the complexity of the immune response to insulin producing beta cells, the trials and tribulations of designing novel therapies for the condition and how her team's research is revealing new approaches that can abrogate diabetes progression as well as prevent islet graft rejection in transplant recipients. 

Allison's talk was complimented with a presentation by Richard Lane, OBE, President of Diabetes UK and the first recipient of an islet transplant in the UK, who talked about his experiences of living with diabetes for 40 years and how receiving an islet transplant has transformed his life.

Allison said "I believe it is important to bring my team's science to people who live with diabetes. The children, young adults and their carers commented on how the two talks gave them hope that science is making good progress in tackling this debilitating condition. It was a privilege to share the stage with Richard Lane, and meet so many children and young adults who cope admirably with their diabetes."