Renewing the Special Diabetes Program


As we reported yesterday, critical federal funding for diabetes research is in jeopardy[1] without action by Congress. The $150 million annually is dedicated to type 1 diabetes[2] research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and type 2 diabetes[3] education and prevention programs, and is provided via the Special Diabetes Program (SDP), which is set to expire on September 30, 2019.

Ensuring SDP is renewed before it expires is one of the top legislative priorities of JDRF[4], the leading organization funding type 1 diabetes research. At 10 AM ET today, JDRF CEO Aaron Kowalski[5] will be speaking before the Health Subcommittee of the Committee on Energy and Commerce about the importance of renewing the program. View a livestream of the hearing (or a recording once the day’s proceedings have closed) below, or visit the Committee Activity page[6].

Want to learn more about the Special Diabetes Program? Read “Diabetes Funding in Jeopardy Without Congressional Action”[7] or visit the Special Diabetes Program page[8] on the JDRF website.

  1. funding for diabetes research is in jeopardy:
  2. type 1 diabetes:
  3. type 2 diabetes:
  4. top legislative priorities of JDRF:
  5. JDRF CEO Aaron Kowalski:
  6. or visit the Committee Activity page:
  7. “Diabetes Funding in Jeopardy Without Congressional Action”:
  8. Special Diabetes Program page:

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Diane Fennell: Diane Fennell has been an editor at Diabetes Self-Management magazine since 2003. She is currently the Editorial Director. (Diane Fennell is not a medical professional.)

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