Type 1 Diabetes Research


Through the JDRF – Beyond Type 1 Alliance, Beyond Type 1 has partnered with JDRF—the world’s biggest nonprofit funder of type 1 diabetes research —to educate our community on the important role research plays in the lives of everyone affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). It was diabetes research that led to the discovery of insulin in 1921. It was research that led to the creation of the first insulin pump in 1963, and research that led to the modern analog insulins used by many living with T1D today. Without research, we wouldn’t have continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), hybrid closed loop systems, or treatment for the complications that arise from living with diabetes. And it is research that will some day lead to the cure for type 1 diabetes.

Cure Research: The most promising cures for Type 1 diabetes will need to address two challenges: the loss of insulin-producing beta cells, and the immune system’s attack on those beta cells.

Vertex VX-880 Clinical Results Lead To Insulin-Independence

Here's what you need to know about Vertex's recent results from their stem-cell therapy for type 1 diabetes.

Explaining the Research: What Will It Take to Cure Diabetes?

JDRF Chief Scientific Officer Sanjoy Dutta explains what goes into finding cures and what makes type 1 diabetes research uniquely challenging.

Vertex Acquires ViaCyte, Combining Resources Toward a T1D Cure

The global biotech giant is set to acquire ViaCyte for $320 million.

Beta Cell Replacement Therapy: A Pathway to a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes?

Does beta cell replacement therapy present a pathway to a cure for T1D? Here’s what new research tells us about current limits and solutions.

New Documentary: ‘The Human Trial’ is a Quest to Cure Type 1 Diabetes

The film pulls the curtain back on one biotech company working to find a functional cure for type 1 diabetes.

Beta Cell Therapies

Current beta cell therapies have two primary focus areas: beta cell replacement and beta cell regeneration.


The autoimmune response to attack beta cells needs to be prevented, stopped from progressing, or guarded against.

Improving Lives: A future cure is not enough for people living with T1D today. Research also focuses on improving lives through glucose control and treating complications.

Glucose Control Therapies

Finding simpler and more advanced ways to help people living with T1D control their glucose levels is one of the best ways to improve lives today.

Complications Treatment Research

The unfortunate truth: having type 1 diabetes increases your risk for additional health problems. But significant research has gone into treating and alleviating many of the complications of diabetes.

Learn More About T1D Research and the Importance of Trial Participation

Research Trials

Click here to learn more about research trials, and see a list of the current most exciting trials underway.

Research News

Stay up to date with all the latest breaking news from the research world.

Research Funding

Learn where all the money for T1D Research is coming from.


To learn more about all the great T1D research being funded by JDRF, visit their research and impact page here.

WRITTEN BY BT1 Editorial Team, POSTED 02/13/21, UPDATED 01/03/23

This piece was authored collaboratively by the Beyond Type 1 Editorial Team.