Diabetes Research in Children Network (DirecNet)

The primary funding sources for DirecNet are the NIH Special Type 1 Diabetes Funds and the NICHD.

The mission of DirecNet is to investigate the potential use of glucose monitoring technology and its impact on the management of type 1 diabetes (T1DM) in children.

DirecNet is a network consisting of 5 clinical centers and a coordinating center.

Specific goals for the network include the following:

  • Assess the accuracy of continuous monitoring devices in order to determine if these devices are useful in improving glycemic control and preventing hypoglycemia in children with T1DM.
  • Determine the optimal utilization of continuous glucose monitors in the management of T1DM in children.
  • Assess the impact of continuous glucose monitoring on quality of life for the child and family.
  • Develop tools for the child and parents to use for incorporating continuous glucose monitors into diabetes self-management.
  • To assess possible changes in neurocognitive function and how it relates to frequency of hypoglycemia in young children with type 1 diabetes.
  • Evaluate and develop distinct, age-appropriate treatment approaches to T1DM in children.
  • Use continuous glucose monitoring to characterize the glycemic profile of nondiabetic children.
  • Develop statistical methods for the analysis of continuous glucose monitoring data.