Jamie Reed MP – who lives with type 1 diabetes, as does his young son – hosted JDRF supporters, researchers and funders at the Houses of Parliament in celebrating progress in type 1 diabetes research.
The event, called #Type1Catalyst, was held in the Terrace Pavilion in Parliament and saw 100 JDRF supporters including young children from across the UK join over 30 MPs.
Home Secretary Theresa May who also has type 1 diabetes kindly attended, once again showing her strong support for JDRF and others living with the condition. Parliamentarians joining the families and key figures in type 1 diabetes also included David Lammy and Chuka Umunna, along with JDRF Vice President and former MP Adrian Sanders.
Jamie Reed was speaking 24 hours after running the London Marathon for JDRF. He spoke about his excitement at type 1 diabetes research and his pride in the power of the type 1 diabetes community – calling on people with type 1 and their families to ‘keep rattling the bars’.
The event also saw the release of a report, titled Type 1 Research Today, which outlines the current landscape of type 1 diabetes research in the UK and paints a positive picture of UK research into the condition – revealing that funders have committed funding to tackle the condition amounting to £97m in this country. The event celebrated this and the recent acceleration of ground-breaking research in JDRF’s mission to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes and its complications.
The Type 1 Research Today report also highlighted that institutions and funders can maximise value through greater communication and partnership, calling on the UK funding ‘ecosystem’ to be protected and enhanced.
Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF in the UK said:
‘The JDRF supporters at this event did a wonderful job of spreading the word about type 1 diabetes and exciting progress toward the cure.’