In my packet of hospital paperwork for the new baby, there was a brochure from the TEDDY study, which seeks to determine the cause(s) of Type 1 diabetes (formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes). TEDDY stands for The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young.
Participation will consist of giving them permission to have some of the blood taken from the baby at birth, and follow up appointments for many years. I'm going to look into this more, but honestly, it might be worth participating if the baby qualifies.
Brendan got Type 1 diabetes at the ripe old age of 29, very late onset of the disease, and because of him, our kids have a significantly higher risk of getting it themselves, about a 6-10% chance. (The average risk is about 1/300.)
Very interesting study. If you are reading this and have any personal knowledge about the study (good or bad), I'd appreciate hearing from you very much!