SOURCE: American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association

June 04, 2013 10:21 ET

American Diabetes Association and Lilly Announce Creation of Research Awards

Research Funding of $1.2 Million Will Focus on Diabetes Care in Older Adults

ALEXANDRIA, VA and INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwired - Jun 4, 2013) -

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  • .@AmDiabetesAssn, Lilly to research #diabetes in older adults
  • Lilly funds $1.2 million for three-year study #diabetes
  • At least 25% of U.S. adults older than 65 have #diabetes 

The American Diabetes Association (Association) and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) are pleased to announce the creation of a three-year collaborative research program aimed at better understanding diabetes care in older adults, many of whom are disproportionately affected by this disease.

The program, "American Diabetes Association and Lilly Clinical Research Award: Diabetes Care in Older Adults," will grant a total of $1.2 million for targeted research awards and was made possible through funding from Lilly Diabetes. The program will be directed, managed and overseen by the Association.

It is currently estimated that at least 25 percent of people aged 65 and older have diabetes. That percentage is expected to grow as the U.S. population ages. When older adults have diabetes, they are at increased risk of morbid conditions such as depression and cardiovascular disease, adversely affecting their functional status and life expectancy.1 The Association and Lilly agree that research studies in this population are crucial for several reasons, including ability to assess diabetes risk, ability to assess optimal treatment approaches, ability to assess the care of older patients with multiple co-morbidities, dependent living situations and significant hypoglycemia risk.

"This is an unmet need in diabetes care," said Robert Heine, vice president, medical affairs, Lilly Diabetes. "Older adults with diabetes often face greater complications and might need different approaches to care and treatment than younger adults. With this research program and with the collaboration of the American Diabetes Association, we hope to be able to delve deeper into the challenges facing this population as they confront this disease."

The Association is currently seeking research applications for clinical and translational studies focused on improving the evidence base and understanding of the goals, barriers, and effects of treatments and interventions (beneficial and adverse) in the older adult population with diabetes. Deadline for submission is Sept. 16, 2013. The awards will be announced later this year. The grants will be three-year awards starting in early 2014. For more information, visit http://professional.diabetes.org/grants.

"As a leader in the fight to Stop Diabetes®, the American Diabetes Association supports research aimed at better understanding how we can prevent, treat and cure diabetes. We are thrilled that Eli Lilly and Company has stepped forward to provide funding support for this program," said John E. Anderson, MD, President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association. "This research program will provide us with the opportunity to understand clinical approaches that are most effective in addressing diabetes needs and limiting the risk of complications for older adults living with diabetes."

About Diabetes
Nearly 26 million adults and children in the U.S.i and an estimated 371 million people worldwideii have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type, and can account for more than 95 percent of all diabetes cases in some countries.iii Diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when the body either does not properly produce, or use, the hormone insulin.iv Diabetes was estimated to cost the U.S. $245 billion in direct medical costs and reduced productivity in 2012.v

About the American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

About Lilly Diabetes
Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced the world's first commercial insulin. Today we work to meet the diverse needs of people with diabetes through research and collaboration, a broad and growing product portfolio and our continued commitment to providing real solutions -- from medicines to support programs and more -- to make lives better. For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com.

About Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, IN, Lilly provides answers -- through medicines and information -- for some of the world's most urgent medical needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at www.lilly.com.

1American Diabetes Association, May 2013
i Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Fact Sheet: National Estimates and General Information on Diabetes and Prediabetes in the United States, 2011. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/ndfs_2011.pdf. Accessed on: April 2, 2013
ii International Diabetes Federation. 2012 Update Poster. IDF Diabetes Atlas. 2012 (5th Edition). http://www.idf.org/sites/default/files/5E_IDFAtlasPoster_2012_EN.pdf. Accessed on: April 2, 2013.
iii International Diabetes Federation. The Global Burden: Diabetes. IDF Diabetes Atlas. 2011. http://www.idf.org/diabetesatlas/5e/diabetes#footnote-1. Accessed on: April 3, 2013.
iv International Diabetes Federation. What is Diabetes? IDF Diabetes Atlas. 2011 (5th Edition). http://www.idf.org/diabetesatlas/5e/what-is-diabetes. Accessed on: April 2, 2013.
v American Diabetes Association. Economic costs of diabetes in the U.S. in 2012. Diabetes Care. March 6, 2013 [Epub ahead of print].

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