More money for diabetes

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The Independent Online
Projects aimed at conquering diabetes are failing to get off the ground because of lack of funds, it was claimed yesterday.

The British Diabetic Association said more scientists than ever are applying for grants from its pounds 4.5m research fund.

But the charity said that although some schemes could lead to a cure for the condition, increasing numbers of worthwhile projects had to be turned down.

Professor Stephen Bloom, chairman of the charity's research committee, said: "Talk of prevention or a cure for diabetes is not a pipe dream. It could happen in our lifetimes with a continuing investment in diabetes research."

In order to increase the money available the charity will launch an appeal at the start of National Diabetes Week tomorrow.