If you care about research aimed at curing type-1 diabetes, then you should care about JDRF's research funding. Year after year, they fund more than 2/3s of the research in clinical trials aimed at curing type-1 diabetes. (See my yearly "JDRF Funding for a Cure" blogs for details.)
This Youtube video:
is an official JDRF video describing (at a high level) how they make decisions about what research to fund. It is well worth 35 minutes of your time. Do not stop watching when the DEI section starts. That section is interesting in its own right, but also, after it is another section going into more details about JDRF decision making.