What is type 1 Diabetes (T1D)?
There are about 60 million people with diabetes in the European Region (ref. World Health Organization), and Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is a debilitating and widespread disease, affecting 5 – 10% of all diabetes cases worldwide (ref. National Center for Biotechnology Information Search database). During Type 1 Diabetes, pancreas of the patient is failing to produce insulin to regulate blood sugar level.
Nowadays there is no official cure for T1D, and though research has been performed on diabetes, patients are still required to inject themselves everyday with insulin, monitor their blood sugar and food intake very carefully, exercise regularly and count carbohydrates. This decreases their quality of life, as the burden of monitoring can impact their daily activities and diabetes leads to many complications.
This is where the project LSFM4LIFE steps in, aiming to find a cure and reduce the burden of this disease for millions of people around the world.
So what is LSFM4LIFE project about?
LSFM4LIFE is an innovative scientific project, with the aim to perform research on the isolation and therapeutic-scale manufacture of mini pancreas (organoids) for the cellular therapy of type 1 diabetes.
To achieve this goal, the team of LSFM4LIFE researchers, will use stem cells to grow pancreas organoids, small in-vitro versions of pancreas. Should the project succeed, these organoids will be later transplanted into patients, enabling them to produce insulin on their own!
What is World Diabetes Day and why is it important?
World Diabetes Day is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign. It reaches over 1 billion of people globally. The aim of this annual campaign is to draw attention to the important issues of Diabetes worldwide, both of the public and political spotlight.
The theme of 2017 WDD campaign is “Women and diabetes – Our right to a healthy future”.
LSFM4LIFE project is also taking part in WDD 2017, through supporting the campaign on social media.
— LSFM4LIFE (@LSFM4LIFE) November 14, 2017
How do I find out about LSFM4LIFEs activities?
As the partner in charge of the communication & dissemination of this project, we aim at giving the project the impact it deserve and helping to fight diabetes with more awareness. Good communication, with tool like online engagement and worldwide event such as the World Diabetes Day are crucial to raise awareness of T1D in general and on it’s potential cure.
Another great way of giving your project more impact is through press relations. For all our Italian speakers the TV show Superquark made an interview with Dr. Lorenza Lazzari, partner of LSFM4LIFE dedicated to basic research and cell therapy protocols:
For more information about the work we do for LSFM4LIFE and other health projects, contact us at contact@sparksandco, on our social media channels or by leaving a comment below!
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