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TrialNet - Type 1 Diabetes Research

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A Pathway to Prevention

TrialNet is screening relatives of people with Type 1 diabetes to find out if these family members are at risk for developing diabetes.

You may be eligible for screening if you are 45 years of age or younger with a parent, sibling or child with Type 1 diabetes, or 20 years of age or younger with a niece, nephew, aunt, uncle, grandparent, cousin, half-brother or half-sister with Type 1 diabetes.


What is required?

A simple blood test. You will learn the results of your first blood test in four to six weeks.

If you learn you are at risk for developing Type 1 diabetes, additional tests will be offered to estimate your chances of developing Type 1 diabetes.

How can I learn more about screening?

Take a look at TrialNet’s new children’s book Be a Hero! and the TrialNet Informational Whiteboard Video below.

Be a Hero! Help Find a way to Prevent Diabetes with The Great Katie Kate(PDF format)
The book is written for younger children and parents interested in participating in TrialNet.  

Prevention Studies for Type 1 Diabetes

We have a new prevention study that is testing whether abatacept can help to delay or prevent Type 1 diabetes.

Oral Insulin
TrialNet is studying whether oral insulin (insulin taken by mouth, not injection) helps to delay or prevent Type 1 diabetes.

The study is testing whether teplizumab can delay or prevent diabetes in those with a high risk of developing diabetes.

For more information about screening or prevention studies, please visit the Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet site or take look through our Natural History Study Participant Handbook

To arrange an appointment contact:

  • Toll Free Number: 1-866-699-1899
  • Bianca Perro at 416-813-7654 ext. 202635

Upcoming TrialNet Screening Events

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
3:30-7:30 p.m.
To arrange an appointment contact the TrialNet Study Team at 1-866-699-1899 or trialnet.diabetes@sickkids.ca

TrialNet Canadian Affiliate Sites

  • Calgary, AB – Alberta Children’s Hospital
  • Edmonton, AB – Governors of the University of Alberta
  • Vancouver, BC – BC Children’s Hospital
  • Winnipeg, MB – University of Manitoba
  • St. John’s, NFLD – Janeway Child Health & Rehabilitation Centre
  • Halifax, NS – IWK Health Centre
  • Hamilton, ON – Hamilton Health Sciences
  • London, ON – University of Western Ontario
  • Ottawa, ON – Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
  • Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Hospital, Riverside Campus
  • Montreal, QC – Montreal Children’s Hospital


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TrialNet Informational Whiteboard Video