TrialNet is a research group dedicated to the study, prevention, and early treatment of type 1 diabetes.  Although the symptoms of T1D may seem to appear suddenly, research has found that the potential risk can be detected years before symptoms appear. This advanced knowledge provides a window of opportunity when steps can be taken to attempt to delay or even prevent the disease. Although all people are susceptible to developing T1D, relatives of individuals with T1D are at much greater risk for development of the disease (about 15 times greater risk than people with no family history).  TrialNet offers a free and simple blood test to assess the risk of developing T1D for people with relatives already living with the disease.

Participant Involvement
The study is divided into two parts: Screening and Monitoring. During screening, we will send you a blood test kit to take to your local Lifelabs or to Children’s Hospital where a small sample of blood will be drawn from your arm to test for diabetes-related autoantibodies. Autoantibodies are proteins that are made by the body’s immune system and if these proteins are present in your blood, it could mean that cells in the pancreas which produce insulin are damaged.

If the screening blood test shows that you have autoantibodies, we will ask you to participate in the monitoring part of the study which involves coming into Children’s Hospital once or twice per year for blood tests. If you do test positive for autoantibodies it does not mean that you will get T1D, it just means that you have a greater risk than if you tested negative.

TrialNet offers screening to those:

  • Age 45 years and younger with a parent, brother, sister, or child with type 1 diabetes
  • Age 20 years and younger with a niece, nephew, aunt, uncle, grandparent, half-brother, half-sister, or cousin with type 1 diabetes.

*If you are younger than 18, you are eligible to be screened once per year. If you are 18 or older then we just screen once.

If you would like to be sent a blood test kit or have any questions please contact:

Kimberley Chong
BC Children’s Hospital
Phone: 604-875-2345 x4801

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