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Round 16 Collingwood V St Kilda Clash To Support SVI Discovery Day

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On Saturday 17th July, St Vincents Institute (SVI) will hold a fundraising lunch for Discovery Day at the MCG, to coincide with the blockbuster Round 16 Collingwood v Saints match.

The annual event continues to receive much support and promotion from both football clubs, echoing SVI's objective to raise funds for awareness of research into juvenile diabetes. St Vincent's Institute is the largest centre for juvenile diabetes research in Australia.

Through dedicated research into improved prevention and treatment of the disease, SVI reaches out to the 140,000 Australians suffering with the type 1 strain. Type 1 diabetes is a debilitating autoimmune disease, which affects millions of people worldwide.

Of the 140,000 Australians concerned, most newly diagnosed cases of type 1 diabetes are in people less than 15 years old. The rate of diagnosis in Australia increased by a staggering 23% between 2003 and 2009.

Usually diagnosed in childhood, symptoms are not evident until almost all of the insulin producing cells have been killed, at which point, the body's immune system turns on itself and mistakenly begins to kill the insulin-secreting beta cells of the pancreas.

The result is a lifetime of invasive treatment, often including multiple daily skin prick blood tests and insulin injections. It is not unusual for young children to undergo between 6 and 10 pin pricks blood tests and 3 insulin injections every day.

Regular monitoring and close attention to diet is not always enough to prevent fluctuations on blood sugar. Despite many advances in current treatment for diabetes, it falls short of what one would consider non-invasive therapy and well short of a cure.

The condition is difficult to control and, as if this is not already enough, patients can suffer serious long term consequences including accelerated cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease, kidney and eye problems and premature death.

Living with type 1 diabetes deprives too many young Australian of the independence of lifestyle choices that come with a disease-free life. The research is aimed at blocking the process by which patients' immune cells recognise the Insulin producing cells as "foreign", through the collection and storage of human cells from diabetes patients.

Cutting edge research at SVI is aimed at developing a way to stop the disease. SVI has the largest Australian group of researchers all striving to finding better means of preventative and treatment strategies for type 1 diabetes.

The purpose of the event on July 17th 2010 is to launch a campaign to raise $2 million to fund this innovative research project.

Funding will contribute towards equipment, storage space, laboratory space, freezers, a nurse to collect the cells and, above all else, a cure.

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