Nine-thousand strong

A massive global study aims to unravel the mystery of diabetes

How did Type 1 diabetes become such a national scourge? Why are so many children and adults handed a life sentence of insulin injections and endless monitoring of food and exercise?

The answers lie in genetics and environment.

Augusta University's Jin-Xiong She is undertaking a massive study – one that ultimately will span decades – to examine both genetics and environment. Some 9,000 children who have a gene that places them at risk for Type 1 diabetes are enrolled in the study in seven countries around the world. These children are being carefully monitored up until the age of 15.

GRA's "Breakthrough" video on Dr. She's work shows how important such long-term research is to solve one of the most common medical problems facing humankind.