Type 1 Diabetes Program | Research and Innovation

Here in the Diabetes Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, we understand that when a child is diagnosed with diabetes, fears for her safety and uncertainties surrounding lifestyle changes can loom large for the entire family.  That’s why our multidisciplinary team is in constant communication with you every step of the way to provide information and support.

Throughout the entire treatment process, you’ll receive compassionate family-centered care from a truly integrated medical team that includes:

  • specialists in diabetes and endocrinology who will determine the proper course of treatment for your child

  • diabetes nurse educators who specialize in training and educating families with children who have diabetes. Our nurses will educate you about every aspect of caring for your child, including measuring insulin, injecting it, measuring blood glucose levels, and using an insulin pump. Most importantly, they will give you the information you need to ensure your child’s best health and well-being.

  • registered dietitians to help plan a customized meal plan for your child. They will also educate your whole family on the role of nutrition in the management of your child’s diabetes.

  • medical social workers to help the whole family navigate the challenges of life with diabetes and connect with support groups and other community resources.

If there’s an emergency complication, you can rest easy knowing that we’re here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Further Research

Because diabetes requires lifelong management, researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital are investigating the earliest stages of the disease in order to understand how the disease develops and how it can be treated.

Perhaps the most exciting project we’re engaged in now is the T1D (type 1 diabetes) Exchange Clinic Registry, which aims to improve the care of people with type 1 diabetes by collecting and sharing data about what works and what doesn’t.

Other current areas of research include:

  • how to keep the insulin-secreting beta cells alive as a method both for treatment and prevention of Type I diabetes

  • tempering autoimmune activity in Type I diabetes

  • long-term follow up of diabetic patients for quality of life

  • genetic factors for obesity, which can lead to Type II diabetes

  • genetic factors for diabetes-related kidney failure

  • predictors related to glycemic control

  • managing the transition from pediatric to adult care

  • prevention of the acute complications of diabetes

  • working with Massachusetts to help track the growing incidence of Type I diabetes in the state

All our researchers are focused on the best ways of translating their findings into improved care for children with diabetes.