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Founded in 1970 by families whose loved ones had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D), Breakthrough T1D – formerly JDRF – is the leading global type 1 diabetes research and advocacy organization.

Breakthrough T1D:

  • Helps make everyday life better while driving toward cures.
  • Opens doors that were once closed by T1D diagnosis.
  • Leads the way to more effective solutions by connecting the brightest minds to advance treatments, influence policy, and improve access to care.​

By driving innovation forward, Breakthrough T1D strives to make type 1 diabetes a thing of the past.

Main Focus


As the leading type 1 diabetes research and advocacy organization, Breakthrough T1D is executing an ambitious plan toward cures, created by leading scientists and their global board of directors, most of whom have a direct T1D connection. Breakthrough T1D has two core objectives:

  • Cure T1D by restoring the body’s ability to make insulin and stopping T1D before it occurs or providing insulin independence through replacement with insulin-producing cells
  • Improve lives by keeping people with T1D as healthy as possible until cures are found by advancing new T1D resources, technologies, and therapies.


Breakthrough T1D works with national decision-makers to address issues that impact the T1D community, and through its advocates champions federally-funded T1D research, drives progress by ensuring critical medical advancements and resources swiftly reach the T1D community, and improves everyday life with T1D by supporting policies that help prevent, manage, and treat T1D — while advancing toward cures.

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