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The ELSA Study

The ELSA Study is screening children for type 1 diabetes.

Children aged 3-13 years can have a simple finger stick blood test to find out their risk of developing type 1 diabetes in the future.

Open to families living in England, Scotland and Wales.

Information for Parents

Click below to view the key information needed to decide whether to take part.

Ready to consent

If you have read the study information and are ready to consent please click below.

Get in touch

Please contact the study team if you have any questions by clicking below.

ELSA Study animation for parents and children

Parents and Carers (opens pop-up window containing video)

This animation provides a summary of the ELSA Study for parents and carers.

Children (opens pop-up window containing video)

This animation provides a summary of the ELSA Study for children.

Aim of the ELSA Study

The ELSA Study is finding children at high risk of developing type 1 diabetes because the sooner we screen, the sooner we can intervene.

Why get your child tested for type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong and serious condition. Around the world, research studies are screening children for type 1 diabetes, so that we can find children at risk of the condition before they become unwell. This gives us the opportunity to test new treatments that could delay the start of type 1 diabetes.

The ELSA Study is the largest type 1 diabetes screening programme for children aged 3-13 years in the UK.

A special thank you to all of the parents, carers and young people who have contributed to the design and delivery of the ELSA Study.