Wednesday June 22, 2011 | 10:28 AM

A 14-year-old Mainer living with diabetes will be among those testifying later today at a Senate hearing that is part of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s “Children’s Congress,” an event meant to highlight the impact of the disease and advocate for federal research funding.

Participating in the hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will be Caroline Jacobs of Shapleigh. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, the top Republican on the committee and the A 14-year founder and co-chair of the Senate Diabetes Caucus will be chairing the hearing, which can be viewed online.

Also scheduld to be on hand is actor Kevin Kline, whose son has Type 1 diabetes. It’s the sixth year the committee has co-hosted the Children’s Congress with the foundation, according to Collins’ office.

Meanwhile, Collins last week introduced, with Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, a bill to increase public health research into gestational diabetes - which occurs during pregnancy and can put mother and baby at risk of developing type 2 diabetes later - including looking at how to screen and prevent that form of diabetes and identify risk factors.

The Collins-Shaheen bill would support a current research project at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and authorize spending up to $10 million annually for other research efforts and the establishment of demonstration projects aimed at reducing the occurrence of the disease, according to Collins and Shaheen.


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