Narrow and Focused Strategy: How We Landed On the Moon
Over the past couple of days we have discussed the JDCA’s latest report, “Is Type 1 Cure Research Funding Focused Enough?” and today we wanted to really discuss what we advocate – which is a narrow and focused approach to a type 1 diabetes cure.
As we have established, taking a broad approach to funding research projects simply is not working. So we need to urge the adoption of a new strategy.
What kind of things do we want to see? Here are a few:
- Ensure that the most promising projects are aggressively pursued
- Adequately fund projects that have potential to deliver a Practical Cure
- Accelerate the timeline to delivering tangible cure results
- Avoid potential duplication of research efforts
We need to launch an overwhelming, urgent, and persistent support for a select group of research projects which have the potential to meet clearly defined goals.
Most of all, we need to combine clear end goals with a targeted strategy that maximizes the chances for cure development.
Our report includes notable examples where very focused strategies have achieved big goals, and can serve as an inspiration in our quest to find a type 1 diabetes cure.
One such example:
In 1961 President Kennedy set the goal of landing a man on the moon before the end of the decade. Given this clearly defined goal and the relatively short time table, NASA succeeded at landing men on the moon in 1969, and repeated its success with five subsequent manned moon landings.
Everyone recognizes how high of a mountain we need to climb to find a cure for diabetes – but we must remember that the dream of landing a man on the moon once seemed impossible too. A clear goal with a focused strategy is the first step towards progress.