Illinois taxpayers may once again contribute to diabetes research
through the Diabetes Research Checkoff Fund
received more than $100,000 in 2005
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SPRINGFIELD -- Illinoisans can help fund research
for diabetes through contributions on their 2006 Illinois income tax
returns. This is the second year for the Diabetes Research Checkoff
Fund, signed into law by Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich in 2005. The fund
is administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS),
which makes grants to public or private entities in Illinois for
"Illinoisans have an excellent opportunity to support research and
improve the lives of people who have diabetes," said IDHS Secretary
Carol L. Adams, Ph.D. "The additional money will greatly enhance the
current research efforts and provide hope for the future for those
who have diabetes and their families."
Taxpayers may write in a contribution of $1 or more to the fund
on the Illinois Individual Income Tax form or the 1040EZ form.
Taxpayers filing electronically or by phone may also make tax
checkoff contributions. Contributions to these funds are either
deducted from a tax refund or added to the taxes owed.
Money contributed to the Diabetes Research Checkoff Fund will be
distributed equally by IDHS to the American Diabetes Association
(ADA) for research to develop a cure for all types of diabetes and
to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to support type
1 or juvenile diabetes research.
The fund received more than $100,000 for diabetes research as a
result of contributions to the 2005 checkoff.
An estimated 700,000 adults living in Illinois have been
diagnosed with diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in
which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that
enables people to use energy from food. Type 2 diabetes is a
metabolic disorder in which a person's body still produces insulin
but is unable to use it effectively.
Diabetes Prevention and Control Program supports and promotes
prevention and intervention activities to reduce the burden of
diabetes in Illinois.
Working in partnership with public and private service
organizations, the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program focuses
on controlling diabetes through: improving diabetes standards of
clinical practice and education; improving access to quality care;
improving referral and follow-up services for those with diagnosed
diabetes; increasing public awareness of recommended care; and
identifying people at risk for developing diabetes and referring
them for appropriate prevention activities.
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The American Diabetes Association (ADA) Research Program supports
basic and clinical diabetes research aimed at preventing, treating,
and curing all types of diabetes. The diabetes research projects
cover the spectrum from islet cell biology and transplantation
techniques, to studies in education and behavioral issues.
The ADA Research Funding program is designed to complement the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) diabetes research program by
supporting new investigators and new research ideas. With support
from ADA, investigators are often able to prove that their ideas are
solid enough to get more substantial funding from the United States
Founded by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, the Juvenile
Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has always focused on a single
goal -- accelerating research progress to cure diabetes and its
complications. Through a unique peer review and lay review program,
JDRF funds the most innovative, cutting-edge research worldwide.
Funding and leadership are associated with most of the scientific
breakthroughs in type 1 research, including islet cell
transplantation and stem cell research.
JDRF supports multidisciplinary programs that bring together
researchers from many institutions and varied disciplines such as
molecular biology and genetics, immunology, transplantation,
vascular biology, and stem cell research.
In a typical year, more than 80 cents of every dollar of JDRF
expenditures are directly allocated to research and research-related
education. JDRF's mission includes three goals: restoring normal
blood glucose levels; preventing and reversing complications;
preventing type 1 diabetes. Within these broad goals are specific
research pathways to a cure for type 1 diabetes and treatments with
the potential for having the greatest impact on all people with type
(Text copied from
Department of Human Services
news release from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information)