Our Research

Why do we need RADIANT?

  • Most forms of diabetes are classified as type 1 or type 2. A greater range of unrecognized types of diabetes likely exists.
  • Most patients with rare forms of diabetes remain undiagnosed and often inappropriately treated.
  • Precise genetic diagnosis of diabetes enables targeted therapy, leads to improved quality of life, and aids in diagnosis of diabetes in other family members.
  • Currently, patients with atypical diabetes are seen throughout the country, but in a random manner. This makes it challenging for providers and patients to learn from each other.

What is RADIANT trying to do?

RADIANT aims to discover and define rare and atypical forms of diabetes. These refined diagnoses will be used by diabetes researchers, physicians and patients to accurately explain their disease.

This could also lead to better diagnoses, improved treatments, and potential prevention of these diseases.

RADIANT will conduct research on individuals and families with rare and atypical diabetes.

Through our research, we want to develop “methods” (the most accurate and/or efficient tests) to identify individuals with atypical diabetes.

There is currently little information and resources for atypical diabetes. RADIANT wants to change this.

We will conduct genetic testing and clinical testing with our enrolled participants. For more information about genetic testing in RADIANT, please click here.

We will use what we learn to develop a "platform" - an electronic community resource to advance research in this area. This platform will allow the broader research community to access data and samples to learn more about atypical diabetes.

If you've been diagnosed by your doctor with diabetes, but do not fit the usual pattern of either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you may be eligible to join RADIANT.