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Duchess of Cornwall extends Presidency of diabetes charity JDRF

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JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity, has announced that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to extend her Presidency of the charity.

The Duchess of Cornwall has been President of JDRF in the UK since 2012. JDRF is the world’s leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research and supports those living with the autoimmune condition.

As President of JDRF, The Duchess of Cornwall has met individuals and families affected by type 1 diabetes and the scientists and researchers working to cure, treat and prevent the condition, supported by JDRF.

In 2012 The Duchess joined actor Jeremy Irvine at the Addenbrooke’s Clinical Research Centre in Cambridge. The Duchess also met children living with the condition and who have been involved with clinical trials into the development of an artificial pancreas.

An ‘artificial pancreas’ is a piece of technology that could do part of the job of a healthy pancreas, providing exactly the right amount of insulin to the body as it’s needed. Jeremy Irvine himself took part in clinical trials for the device in Cambridge in 2005 and 2007.

The Duchess joined JDRF at Guildhall in London in October 2016 alongside Theresa May to mark JDRF UK’s 30th anniversary. At the event she said:

“I’m hugely encouraged by the news that research on a global scale has driven forward development of an artificial pancreas, with researchers in the UK now testing it in adults and children.

“I know that everyone at JDRF is looking forward in the hope that a cure for this devastating disease will be found in the not too distant future.”

Of the news that The Duchess of Cornwall has extended her Presidency of JDRF, Karen Addington, UK Chief Executive of JDRF said:

“We are delighted and honoured that The Duchess of Cornwall has decided to extend her Presidency of JDRF in the UK. Our efforts to raise awareness of this condition – and of its impact on both adults and children – will be further strengthened.

“In the past five years, more progress has been made towards the cure for type 1 diabetes than in the previous 50. We thank The Duchess for her fantastic support as we work towards finding that cure.”