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Home > About JDRF & our impact > Our research > Our research partnerships > The Diabetes Ireland Research Alliance
The Diabetes Ireland Research Alliance (DIRA) is a subsidiary of Diabetes Ireland, the national charity supporting people with diabetes in Ireland. DIRA was created in 2008 to promote, support and fund research related to the causes, prevention, and cure of diabetes.
JDRF UK work with DIRA to encourage type 1 diabetes research in Ireland and to support the global work of JDRF.
Our partnership with DIRA aims to:
DIRA has supported several JDRF funded projects in the past.
This included a project led by Dr Reinhold Medina using stem cells to model and treat diabetic retinopathy. Dr Medina and his team at Queens University, Belfast worked to develop a model of retinal damage that can be used to test potential treatments.
Another example is a project led Professor Peter Jones into encapsulation, protective coatings for islets to protect the beta cells within them from immune attack. Professor Jones’ research project at Kings College London investigated the best size for encapsulation devices to keep the transplanted islets safe from damage from the immune system.
JDRF and DIRA hope to build on our past collaboration to develop closer links between researchers and continue to support relevant research projects.
To find out more, please visit the Diabetes Ireland Research Alliance website.
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