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Research To Combat Type 1 Diabetes: Family Matters

anastasia albanese o'neil

Anastasia Albanese‑O’Neill, with husband Dan and children Cassidy and Jackson

This year’s “Patient Profiles” section features the story of Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill, a diabetes nurse educator at the UF Health pediatric diabetes clinic.  She and her husband, Dan, recognized the importance of  research when their young daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 16 months of age.

Encountering life‑changing circumstances at the time, they decided to enroll her in a research study to better understand the disease and later enrolled their second child in another, in the hopes of  helping countless future generations of children who may potentially be at risk.

Now busy raising her two young children, Anastasia is working toward becoming a nurse practitioner and getting a Ph.D. in order to do research to help families have better technologies.

At the national level, she is currently serving a 2‑year term on the American Diabetes Association’s National Advocacy Committee to advocate for research funding.

“I plan to retire within minutes of the discovery of a cure for type 1 diabetes, but not a moment earlier, she says.

You can read Anastasia’s story in entirety by visiting here and scrolling to the “Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases” chapter.

To learn more about the work of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) please visit