Many of our physicians are active researchers, working to find new treatments and a cure for children with diabetes. Our clinical investigators are part of TrialNet, a network established by the National Institutes of Health, to explore ways to prevent, delay and reverse the progression of Type 1 diabetes. We are one of only 19 clinical centers in the world to lead in this network. Through our work at the university and with this network, your child has access to leading-edge research and current clinical trials. These include studies to protect the beta cells in new Type 1 diabetes, replace the beta cells that are damaged in long-standing Type 1 diabetes, or prevent the development of type 1 diabetes in high risk individuals. In addition, University of Minnesota researchers are learning more about the treatment and outcomes of type 1 diabetes in the U.S. through the Type 1 diabetes exchange, studying new insulin pump therapies for children, and for the first time characterizing Type 1 diabetes in the Somali community. Ask your physician about your child’s participation in a clinical trial.
Information on research at the university can be found here.