Diabetes research grants awarded

Diabetes effects 1.8 million Australian's. Picture: UNSPLASH.

Victorian’s living with diabetes may have new ways of treating and preventing their condition in the future thanks to new project funding.

The Diabetes Australia Research Program in Victoria has awarded 19 research projects funding to develop ways to reduce serious complications of diabetes.

Diabetes Australia CEO Professor Greg Johnson said he hopes the $1.1 million grant will help the 1.8 million Australians who have diabetes.

“This year we mark the 100-year anniversary since the discovery of insulin and look forward to the next discovery that transforms the lives of people with diabetes,” Professor Johnson said.

“Diabetes research has improved the quality of life of people living with all types of diabetes and we hope the research announced today can lead to more breakthroughs.”

Each project will receive up to $60,000 in funding.

Some of the projects include researching a protein released by the liver to create a long-lasting protein injection, research into treatment for people who have undergone kidney transplants and heart surgery and research into the effectiveness of resistant starch, found in foods like whole grains and legumes.

These research projects will be undertaken at some of Victoria’s leading research institutions including Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Monash University, Deakin University, University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research and the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Professor Johnson said these grants will help support the prevention, management and hopefully a cure for people with diabetes and gives them hope of not having to live with the disease.