Research

At Blood Bank of Alaska we are expanding our services into clinical research to assist in areas that can benefit Alaska patients in need.   

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What is Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet Study?

Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet is a network of clinical centers across the nation dedicated to conducting diabetes prevention research and studying intervention therapies for children and adults with newly diagnosed diabetes.  Blood Bank of Alaska is a participant in this network and is actively seeking volunteers to participate in the Alaska study. 

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes is a life-long disease that can affect both children and adults.  It occurs when the body attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that make insulin.  The body needs insulin, which is a hormone required to use food for energy.

Who Can Participate in the Natural History Study?

Blood Bank of Alaska is screening relatives of people with type 1 diabetes to find out if these family members are at risk for developing diabetes. Screening involves a simple blood test for the presence of diabetes-related autoantibodies that may appear years before type 1 diabetes develops.  There are two groups of individuals that can be screened:

Individuals between 1 and 45 years of age and have a first degree blood relative (parent, brother, sister, child) with type 1 diabetes

Individuals between 1 and 20 years of age and have a second degree blood relative (grandparent, half-brother, half- sister) with type 1 diabetes

There is NO cost for the test.  Relatives of people with type 1 diabetes have about a 5 percent chance of testing positive for autoantibodies associated with diabetes.

How Do You Become a Participant?

If you believe you are a candidate for the study, please contact Leah Holman at trialnet@bbak.org or call 907-222-5615.

How Will You Benefit From Being a Participant?

  • If you learn that you are at risk for developing type 1 diabetes, additional test will be offered to estimate your chances of developing type 1 diabetes.
  • All research volunteers will be closely monitored for early detection of type 1 diabetes.
  • Early detection of type 1 diabetes may improve your blood sugar control and reduce your chances of developing complications.
  • You will be part of a research program that may help other people at risk for type 1 diabetes.

 

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