Why Doesn’t Everyone Get Type 1 Diabetes?

Help researchers from the St Vincent's Institute better understand why some people develop Type 1 Diabetes while most people don't.

Study Purpose/Description

Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is often diagnosed in childhood. While it treated by injecting insulin, there is currently no cure. This means that many people live most of their lives with the burden of T1D.

While we know that T1D develops when a person’s immune system destroys insulin-producing cells, researchers from the St Vincent’s Institute want to learn how and why the immune systems reacts this way.

Researchers have made progress in understanding autoimmune responses in T1D patients and are now investigating why some individuals remain unaffected by the condition. Understanding what prevents most people from developing T1D can help identify those at higher risk and develop preventive measures for them.

What’s Involved?

Participants will be asked to visit the St Vincent’s Institute, located in Fitzroy, to provide a blood sample of up to 50mLs (about two and a half tablespoons). The blood draw will be conducted by an experienced Research Nurse.

Recruitment criteria

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you are:

  • ‘Generally healthy’, and
  • Aged between 18 and 75 years


As a thank you for their contribution, all participants will be offered a gift card valued at $20.

Study sponsor / funder

Research team contacts

0416 286 911

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