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The International Diabetes Federation Launches US$ 10 Million Grant to Improve Diabetes Care

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) today called for projects that adapt science to meet the needs of people living with diabetes and to implement practical solutions for improving diabetes care and prevention worldwide. The programme, known as BRIDGES (Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems), was announced at the 19th World Diabetes Congress in Cape Town, South Africa and was officially launched today at the 67th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association.

The IDF BRIDGES grant programme will fund translational research projects in diabetes. Proposals should support cost effective and sustainable strategies that can be adopted in real world settings, for the prevention and control of diabetes. The BRIDGES grant programme is funded through an educational grant from Eli Lilly and Company.

"Although there have been tremendous advances in science, particularly through landmark clinical trials, diabetes still continues to rise, and the related morbidity and mortality have not been reduced. Translational research is needed to identify practical strategies that can improve the lives of people living with diabetes," said Professor Jean-Claude Mbanya, President-elect of IDF.

An example of translational research in diabetes is taking proven lifestyle interventions found effective through trials and training groups not usually considered to be devoted to healthcare (religious groups, teachers, employees) on healthy living. For example, the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) was a multi-site project implemented throughout the United States whose findings demonstrated that lifestyle intervention was effective in reducing the risk for diabetes in people with pre-diabetes. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a translational research project is being facilitated where people in urban communities with high risk for diabetes are using the DPP lifestyle interventions and doing prevention programmes in
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