New study: Virus of importance in the development of type 1 diabetes
The article is based on data from the ongoing POInT* study where researchers are investigating if it is possible to stop the development of type 1 diabetes in children with genetic risk of developing the disease by giving them preventive oral insulin treatment. The collected blood samples also make it possible for researchers to study the connection between type 1 diabetes and certain viruses, such as the coronavirus, to better understand how type 1 diabetes develops. Paediatrician Helena Elding Larsson is scientifically responsible for the Swedish part of POInT and a co-author of the article in JAMA.
“During the pandemic, not many other viruses were circulating, which allowed us to study the connection between a new virus and the development of diabetes-related autoantibodies. The Swedish children who participate in the study are making a significant contribution to an international study that helps us understand how type 1 diabetes develops and may be prevented in the future”, says Helena Elding Larsson, professor of autoimmune diseases at Lund University Diabetes Centre and head of the paediatric department at Skåne University Hospital.