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The Jenkins Laboratory Community Engagement

Team members are involved in a range of service roles to the lay and to professional communities. This includes giving lectures related to diabetes and to cardiovascular health to Service Clubs (e.g. Rotary, Probus) and to public lectures arranged by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Australia and Diabetes Australia. They serve overseas communities of poor people with diabetes via non-government organisations providing diabetes aid, specifically Insulin For Life and the Life For a Child Program.

Alicia is the President of IFL Global and IFL Australia and is on the Board of IFL USA.

Service to the profession is via grant review panels, ethics committees, manuscript and thesis reviews, conferences and masterclasses and committee membership related to diabetes and cardiovascular disease research, such as those by Diabetes Australia, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Australia Cardiovascular Alliance.

Major Partners

Public Lectures & Information Days

Team members are available to give public lectures, usually related to diabetes or heart disease such as to service clubs (e.g. Rotary, the Lions Club, Soroptimists) or to schools. They also participate in Community Education Events run by Diabetes Australia and by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Australia. They also mentor young Australians with career advice regarding healthcare and science careers.

Professor Alicia Jenkins speaking at the International Women's Day Breakfast hosted by Soroptimist International of Shepparton.


The group is active in fund-raising for national and international health-related charities such as for Diabetes Australia, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Australia and Cancer Australia. They participate, usually by building and leading a team of people taking part in fund-raising events, such as fun runs and cake-auctions.

Andrzej Januszewski attending the JDRF Summit in Brisbane promoting FAME 1 Eye trial.

Insulin For Life

Insulin For Life provides advocacy, diabetes supplies and helps run diabetes camps and community screening days in Ecuador and the Philippines. Their Australian Distribution Centre located in Ballarat, also hosts local high school students for work experience.

Lena Rennick & Neil Donelan pictured with the Point of Care (portable) system as part of humanitarian aid by the Fiona Kwok Diabetes Screening Program of Insulin for Life in a youth diabetes camp in the Philippines.