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We awarded £50,000 to JDRF to help fund research into the causes of type 1 diabetes.

Researchers may be one step closer to identifying the cause of type 1 diabetes thanks to our grant to JDRF, the leading charity focusing on curing, treating and preventing type 1 diabetes.

The grant will part-fund research at the University of Exeter investigating whether enterovirus infections in the pancreas trigger an immune system response that causes type 1 diabetes.

Provincial Grand Master for Devonshire, Ian Kingsbury visited the University of Exeter Medical School to present the grant to Dr. Sarah Richardson, the project’s principal researcher.

They were joined by Colin Rowland from Exmouth who has lived with type 1 diabetes for 50 years and is independently fundraising for  the  JDRF to support type 1 diabetic research  .

I am so impressed with the very important and essential research work that is being undertaken. The equipment required is very expensive and the Freemasons are delighted to be able to contribute.

Ian Kingsbury, Provincial Grand Master for Devonshire

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