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Diabetes research timeline launched at Imperial College event

As part of Diabetes Week 2013, we are pleased to launch the newDiabetes UK research timeline. The tool is based around an interactive timeline highlighting key milestones in diabetes research since the discovery of insulin in 1921.

The tool takes the form of three entwined strands, which represent the three categories of information contained within the timeline: Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, and Other types of diabetes.

Users can interact with the timeline by filtering the diabetes types, clicking the milestones on each strand to reveal video, images and further information, scrolling through the years or jumping directly to specific decades.

Celebrating significant research

Graeme Manuel, Digital Media Manager at Diabetes UK, said, "Diabetes Week gives everyone the opportunity to focus on the condition. This year the theme is research, so it’s a key time to celebrate some of the most significant research milestones – many of which were only possible due to our generous supporters. We hope that this striking interactive tool will encourage supporters to get involved and realise just how far we’ve come since 1921 – and how vital their support is."

Imperial College London reception

The diabetes research timeline saw its first public outing at a special reception at Imperial College London on Wednesday 12 June. The event was held as part of Diabetes Week 2013 to celebrate over 90 years of significant breakthroughs in diabetes research – breakthroughs made possible by our supporters.

Professor Guy Rutter, Head of Section of Cell Biology at Imperial College joined us to talk about his work. He is one of the UK’s most eminent scientists, studying for more than 20 years the complex natural mechanisms in our body that influence the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. His work finds ways of improving treatment of all types of diabetes.

Professor Rutter showed guests around his laboratory, demonstrating some of his work. He talked about his current project, Balancing Type 1 lows and Type 2 highs, which is funded by Diabetes UK. We were delighted to have been given the opportunity by Professor Rutter and his team to show some of our most committed supporters how the research they fund is improving the lives of millions of people with diabetes. With our important partners such as Imperial College London we can offer hope for the future.

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