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American Diabetes Association and Lilly Announce Creation of Research Awards

The American Diabetes Association (Association) and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) are pleased to announce the creation of a three-year collaborative research program aimed at better understanding diabetes care in older adults, many of whom are disproportionately affected by this disease.

The program, “American Diabetes Association and Lilly Clinical Research Award: Diabetes Care in Older Adults,” will grant a total of $1.2 million for targeted research awards and was made possible through funding from Lilly Diabetes. The program will be directed, managed and overseen by the Association.

It is currently estimated that at least 25 percent of people aged 65 and older have diabetes. That percentage is expected to grow as the U.S. population ages. When older adults have diabetes, they are at increased risk of morbid conditions such as depression and cardiovascular disease, adversely affecting their functional status and life expectancy. The Association and Lilly agree that research studies in this population are crucial for several reasons, including ability to assess diabetes risk, ability to assess optimal treatment approaches, ability to assess the care of older patients with multiple co-morbidities, dependent living situations and significant hypoglycemia risk.

“This is an unmet need in diabetes care,” said Robert Heine, Vice President, Medical Affairs, Lilly Diabetes. “Older adults with diabetes often face greater complications and might need different approaches to care and treatment than younger adults. With this research program and with the collaboration of the American Diabetes Association, we hope to be able to delve deeper into the challenges facing this population as they confront this disease.” 

The Association is currently seeking research applications for clinical and translational studies focused on improving the evidence base and understanding of the goals, barriers, and effects of treatments and interventions (beneficial and adverse) in the older adult population with diabetes. Deadline for submission is Sept. 16, 2013. The awards will be announced later this year. The grants will be three-year awards starting in early 2014.