Diabetes research boosted by international award

Dr Eliana Marino was selected for the international Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Award in type one diabetes research.

Dr Marino has been awarded US $300,000 over two years to help fund her research on how maternal dietary habits could affect rates of type 1 diabetes.

She said receiving the award was a great achievement in her career.

"This new award will help me to develop a successful research program to understand the interactions between the immune system and the gut bacteria, or microbiota, through the biosynthesis of metabolites and their impact in inflammatory and autoimmune diabetes," Dr Marino said.

Selection for the award was highly competitive as anyone aligned with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's goals worldwide could apply.

Dr Marino said that more Australian researchers should apply for international awards to help fund their research.

"I think in a way in Australia we're still thinking, 'if this project doesn't have NHMRC funding, then it doesn't have the same recognition', but in the field of type one diabetes it's very important," Dr Marino said.

"Many researchers don't know that these international grants exist, so people don't know we have these possibilities," she said.

Dr Marino said she will also use the award to recruit a research assistant or a junior research fellow with experience in epigenetics.