JDRF Testifies Before Congress on Diabetes Research and Need for Renewal of the Special Diabetes Program

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According to a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) press release, representatives from the JDRF testified this week in two congressional hearings focused on advances in diabetes research and the importance of continued diabetes research funding through the Special Diabetes Program.  On Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 9:30am, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, chaired by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), held a hearing on the impact and importance of diabetes research for individuals and communities across the United States.  JDRF also testified on Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 10:00am on the state of diabetes research before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, in a hearing chaired by Health Subcommittee Chairman Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ). These hearings underscore the importance for Congress to renew the Special Diabetes Program, which currently funds $150 million a year in type 1 diabetes research, 35% of the federal investment in type 1 diabetes research.

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