Dr Bernard Tuch, Diabetes Therapy Project, CSIRO.
Diabetes is a challenging problem for public health worldwide. It is a chronic disorder in which a person has high blood sugar. Blood sugar levels are controlled by insulin, which is a hormone produced by a specified small group of cells within the pancreas. Type 1 diabetes is characterised by the autoimmune destruction of the pancreatic insulin-producing cells. Australia is ranked 7th highest in the world for prevalence of type 1 diabetes in children aged 0-14 years and 6th highest for incidence. In most cases of type 1 diabetes, patients need to have daily insulin injections. Professor Bernie Tuch is Director of the Australian Diabetes Therapy Project. Professor Tuch is working to translate basic research in diabetes into clinical practice to overcome the need for insulin injections.
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