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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation UK (JDRF) has appointed Karen Addington as its new Chief Executive. Addington replaces Annwen Jones, who left the charity in August 2005 after 13 years service.

JDRF exists to fund research into a cure for type 1 diabetes and is affiliated to JDRF International – the world’s leading funder and advocate of diabetes research. JDRF has funded, at least in part, every major breakthrough in diabetes research in the past thirty years. Type 1 diabetes is a serious and life threatening condition that strikes suddenly and usually in childhood. People with type 1 diabetes face a lifetime of multiple daily insulin injections and blood tests simply to stay alive, however these do not prevent the long term complications of diabetes, including strokes, limb amputations, blindness and heart and kidney disease.

Karen Addington, who was formally Head of Corporate and Community Fundraising at Diabetes UK, has 15 years of...

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