Study to Prevent Kidney Disease in Type 1 Diabetes

If you have Type 1 diabetes and live in the Boston area, you may be interested in a study being conducted by the world-renowned Joslin Diabetes Center.

Joslin is looking for volunteers to investigate whether the medicine allopurinol can help prevent the loss of kidney function in people with Type 1 diabetes. The study involves visiting Joslin 17 times over a three-year period, as well as taking either two allopurinol or two placebo (inactive) pills twice a day during the study period. The research will include blood tests, urine tests, and other medical tests to monitor kidney function. The medical procedures and medicines are all at no cost to the participants, and monetary compensation is available.


To be eligible, volunteers must be between 18 and 65 years of age, have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes before age 35, have had diabetes for more than eight years, and have been told by their doctor that they have kidney problems related to their diabetes, such as increased amounts of protein in their urine.

For more information, and to contact the study coordinators, view the study overview on CenterWatch.

This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell.