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Top researchers to bring type 1 diabetes research to Manchester - Saturday 25th October

People with type 1 diabetes in the North West will have the opportunity to meet leading scientists from the north of England at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's (JDRF) Open Meeting on Saturday 25th October.

The day-long event, sponsored by leading diagnostic company Medtronic, is the first ever JDRF Research Open Meeting to be held in Manchester. The event is designed for people with type 1 diabetes, families of children with type 1 diabetes and health professionals to learn more about the work that is taking place to find the cure for this chronic condition.

Five presentations will cover the latest research on topics including regenerating insulin-producing cells and insulin pump therapy. Delegates will also have the opportunity to ask the researchers any questions. The presentations will cover the cutting edge research that is happening in Manchester to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding how insulin producing cells develop in our bodies. The researchers will also describe how this knowledge might be harnessed to help people living with type 1 diabetes.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to hear about insulin pump technology.Insulin pumps have just been the subject of updated guidance from the National Institute of Clinical and Health Excellence, which could help more people in the UK to access this technology.

Research Open Meeting Chair Professor Neil Hanley, who has recently joined the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre, said: "I am delighted to be chairing JDRF's Research Open Meeting. This event is a fantastic opportunity to quiz researchers and to learn about research that could make a real difference to those living with type 1 diabetes."

"There are approximately 350,000 people with type 1 diabetes in the UK, and more than 20,000 of those are children. Events such as JDRF's Research Open Meetings are so important in giving families with type 1 diabetes access to the latest research and information."

JDRF Chief Executive Karen Addington said: "JDRF funds important research into the causes and prevention of type 1 diabetes and its complications and is the leading charity globally for research into the condition. This is the first time we are holding this event in Manchester and we hope it will help to raise awareness of the need to continue funding the vital research that will ultimately find the cure."

The meeting will be held at the Michael Smith Building, University of Manchester. JDRF is asking for a voluntary donation of £10 per person and admission is by prior registration only. Registration with refreshments is from 10am and presentations will run from 10.45am to 3pm. To register for JDRF's Research Open Meeting in Manchester, please visit www.jdrf.org.uk/openmeetings, email info@jdrf.org.uk or call Emma Harrison on 020 7713 2030.