BRIDGES extends reach into new countries

The 4th round of funding for BRIDGES, IDF’s translational research programme, has broken a new record with 57 applications received from 32 countries.

Following a rigorous screening of all proposed projects by international experts, nine projects have been selected and will be financially supported by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).  

“The quality and geographical spread of the applications received is unprecedented” said Professor Linda Siminerio, Chair of the BRIDGES Executive Committee. “Through this 4th round, we will address the needs of communities in new countries such as Thailand, Fiji and the Netherlands. Now more countries will be able to reap the benefits of translational research”.

As with previous rounds, innovative ideas for primary and secondary prevention will be trialed and tested. These include the use of community theatre and diabetes education in Fiji, a lifestyle intervention for overweight school children in Tunisia and the development of a peer leader system in six countries in the Caribbean.

38 projects in 35 countries are now supported by the International Diabetes Federation through BRIDGES.

You can find the list of selected projects as well as a description of each of them on the BRIDGES website http://www.idf.org/BRIDGES/4th-round

For more information, you can contact Ronan L’Heveder at bridges@idf.org

BRIDGES (Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems) is an International Diabetes Federation programme, supported by an educational grant from Lilly Diabetes.