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JDF Washington Report
Vol. II, No. 12
June 8, 1999

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton Kicks Off JDF Children’s Congress with Research Announcement; Joined by JDF International Chairman, Mary Tyler Moore

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will award a $120 million, multi year contract to support new clinical trials on immune tolerance, a move which will speed the path for a cure for juvenile diabetes and other autoimmune diseases

Mrs. Clinton discussed the federal commitment to diabetes funding and the newly announced $120 million over seven years to the NIAID at the NIH "for clinical trials to move this breakthrough (recent islet cell transplantation research) from the laboratory into the homes of the children who need it. This award will be a seven year contract given to an international consortium of investigators."

"With JDF continuing to lead the way, with researchers on the front lines giving everything they possibly can to this incredible effort to find a cure, I know that day will come. We stand with these children, doing everything we can possibly imagine, to make it possible for our scientists and our researchers to have every tool and resource they need. Thank you very much for your commitment."

Mrs. Clinton and President Clinton serve as Honorary Patrons of the upcoming JDF Children’s Congress. Mrs. Clinton's remarks were made in conjunction with the kickoff of the JDF's Children's Congress that officially begins June 21 in Washington, DC. Joining Mrs. Clinton at the press event were JDF International Chairman, Mary Tyler Moore; JDF Center for Islet Cell Transplantation Principal Investigator, Douglas Melton, Ph.D., who has an 8 year old son with diabetes; and Samantha Mandel, 10, who is a JDF Children's Congress delegate from New York. Mrs. Clinton applauded Mary Tyler Moore’s leadership and commitment to finding a cure for diabetes and commended the participants and all in the audience who struggle daily with diabetes.

All major networks and media outlets covered the press event including CNN, Fox, NBC, CBS, ABC and Gannett. Look for a media compilation in a future Washington Report.

For the full story, complete remarks and information on the Children's Congress, please visit the JDF website.

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation - Government Relations
1400 I Street, NW #500
Washington, DC 20005
1-800-JDF-1VOTE ex. 5 (800-533-1868)

Posted 8 June 1999

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