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Can you help change the future of diabetes?

Diabetes is a growing global problem with over 240 million people living with the condition worldwide, including 2.2million people in the UK.

Currently there are few, if any, early predictors of diabetes and once detected it cannot be cured.

In a bid to make this a reality, Johnson & Johnson, a worldwide healthcare technology company and the South East England Regional Development Agency (SEEDA) are establishing a fund designed to provide grant awards of up to £125,000.

The grant awards are aimed at innovative solutions for the early detection and clinical diagnosis of diabetes and diabetes-related complications.

The awards are aimed specifically at recognised academic research establishments throughout the UK and companies in the SEEDA region (Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent and Sussex) with an interest and expertise in understanding, diagnosing and managing diabetes.

The key objectives of the awards are:

encouraging collaborative projects that cross the boundaries between scientific andtechnical disciplines and between basic and clinical researchaccelerating the translation of basic discoveries to clinical validation testingaccelerating discovery breakthroughs relating to the identification/validation of ideas and concepts for the detection, clinical diagnosis and management of diabetes and diabetes related complications (cardiovascular, renal, ophthalmic) in humansaccelerating novel emerging scientific concepts and candidate analytes (either molecular and/or cellular, proteins, metabolites, gene expression profiles), to allow for the timely development of in vitro diagnostic biomarkers directed to more effective clinical management of pre-diabetic and diabetic patients.

The project will be co-ordinated by South East Health Technologies Alliance (SEHTA), and Finance South East Limited will manage the fund, co-ordinating and administering the application and award processes.

Expressions of interest must be submitted by 5 October 2007 and short-listed applicants will be invited to submit full proposals by 17 November 2007.

SEHTA are organizing an Information and Partnering meeting at 10.30am on 6 September at the Holiday Inn, Guildford. Further details can be found in the events section on the SEHTA website

Telephone enquiries can be made to the SEHTA Acceleration Award helpline number on 01372 227 513. You can also

Further details including a copy of the full guidelines and application form can be found on the Finance South East web site


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