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December 2011 Issue of Countdown

December 28, 2011

We hope you enjoy this issue of Countdown – it’s filled with T1D research news, smart health and lifestyle strategies, and photos of our wonderful community.



The Game Changer

Treating type 1 diabetes with glucose-responsive insulins: Insulins just keep getting smarter and smarter. This year, JDRF and InnoCentive brought their combined brainpower to solving one problem: how to create a glucose-responsive insulin. [Read More]


In the Spirit

12 holiday tips from one of JDRF’s favorite celebrity chefs: Sam Talbot is a Top Chef alumnus, successful restaurateur, cookbook author—and a person with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The longtime JDRF supporter let us in on his best strategies for how to handle everything the holidays may throw at you—and have a ball doing it. [Read More]


Encapsulation: Protection from Islet Cells

The only thing more important than a functioning beta cell is having a way to protect it. JDRF-funded researchers are hard at work building a shield to protect beta cells from an autoimmune attack that would otherwise destroy them. [Read More]


The Low Blood Sugar Fire Drill

Darren Bolton, a JDRF Online Diabetes Support Team member, tells his own riveting story—and explains why planning ahead for a hypoglycemic event may be one of the smartest moves you can make. [Read More]


Research Highlights

December’s Highlights include this month’s long-awaited action from the FDA on the subject of guidance for testing artificial pancreas systems in the outpatient setting. This section also brings updates on the latest JDRF-funded research, and details about an exciting new partnership to advance T1D research. [Read More]


Letter from Leadership

Hear from JDRF’s executive vice president for development, Mania Boyder. She shares her excitement about the research progress that’s covered in this issue, and she extends her good cheer to all for the holidays. [Read More]


Photo Gallery

Get a visual treat from the photos of JDRF volunteers, staffers, and friends from across the U.S. and around the world. [View Photos]


Holiday cheers to all!


To learn more about the JDRF Dallas chapter, visit our JDRF Dallas website!

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