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The Environmental Determinants of Islet Autoimmunity (ENDIA) study is researching the causes of Type 1 Diabetes so that we can find ways to prevent it.

Type 1 Diabetes in children is twice as common as it was 20 years ago. This is because the environment that we live in has changed and this has made it more likely for a child at risk to develop Type 1 Diabetes. If we can understand what factors in the environment are harmful or protective, and how they interact with our genes, we can modify the environment to try and prevent Type 1 Diabetes.

The aim of ENDIA is to identify the environmental factors that may influence the development of Type 1 Diabetes. Because the study is observational there are no case or control groups. There are also no study medications or interventions. All participants will be treated in the same way.

Children may be exposed to the triggers of Type 1 Diabetes very early in life, perhaps even before they are born.

The ENDIA study is aiming to recruit 1400 pregnant women across Australia whose unborn baby has an immediate relative with Type 1 Diabetes. Newborn babies less than 6-months old are also eligible to join.

So, if you are a mum-to-be with Type 1 Diabetes, a dad-to-be with Type 1 Diabetes or have an older child with Type 1 Diabetes, then your family may be eligible to participate.

Read more about what happens in the ENDIA study and meet the ENDIA team.