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There’s news. And then there’s news. The news that comes out of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center can change lives. For people with diabetes and those who care for them, and about them. So it makes sense to stay on top of all the latest — with both Berrie Center Direct news and In the Headlines, the frequent media coverage we get based on our important and exciting findings and the authoritative voices that speak for us.

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There’s always something going on here at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. Promising research. Special events. Success stories from our patients and their families. Stop by often to see the latest.

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The Berrie Center Hosts

A Preceptorial in Diabetes

The Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center hosted a “Preceptorial in Diabetes”, sponsored by the Endocrine Fellows Foundation, (EFF) which offered seven fellows from around the country a front row view of the vigorous research and quality clinical programs at the Berrie Center. “It was a full week of opportunity for the fellows to experience the richness of what we do here,” said Dr.


Rudolph Leibel, MD

Leads Restoration of Local World War I Memorial

Every working day for the last 20 years, Rudolph L. Leibel has peered down from his sixth-floor window in the Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion onto a small triangular park.


20th Annual Frontiers in Diabetes Research Symposium:

The Biological Bases of Complications of Diabetes

Columbia University has awarded the 2018 Naomi Berrie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes Research to David M. Nathan, MD, Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Director of the Diabetes Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.


The Diligence of a Diabetes Educator

This holiday season we are especially grateful to an unsung group of clinicians at the Berrie Center who work tirelessly each day on behalf of our patients. We’re talking about our Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs)—Ericka Arrecis, Amanda Kirpitch and Courtney Melrose (on the adult team) and Emily Casciano, Cara Hass and Courtney Sahn, who work with children. 


Wendy Chung, MD, PhD Wins Award

For Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Sciences

Congratulations to Wendy K. Chung, MD, PhD who received the New York Academy of Medicine Medal for distinguished contributions in biomedical sciences. Dr. Chung is a clinical and molecular geneticist and the Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Columbia Irving Medical Center.


Improv and Theatre Games at the Berrie Center with Cynthia Harris

Hats off to Berrie Center patient Cynthia Harris (yes, that Cynthia Harris, from the nineties sitcom Mad About You and the countless other memorable stage, screen and TV roles she has played in a career that has spanned six decades) for leading a group of 10-to-12-year-olds with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in a fun-filled, 60-minute session of improvisation and theatre games.


The Berrie Center Throws a Monster Mash for

19th Annual Halloween Party and Toy Exchange

Frankenstein and his bride attended—and brought vampires, and werewolves and mummies. This year the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center’s much anticipated Halloween Party was a monster mash—and it was another smash hit for the nearly100 pediatric patients and their families who stopped by for more tricks and treats.


Are there Adjunctive Therapies for T1D?

Weight gain, hypoglycemia, difficulty achieving A1c goals—these are some of the side effects associated with the intensive insulin therapy it takes to manage type 1 diabetes (T1D). That is why questions about new treatments and additional therapies are often asked when people visit the doctor, said Berrie Center adult endocrinologist Jacqueline Lonier, MD.


Paul Heck, 12, Berrie Center Patient

Finishes his First Half Marathon

Under crisp, clear conditions, described as almost perfect for road racing, more than 11,000 runners from 40 countries recently descended on Staten Island for the annual New York Road Runners-sponsored half marathon. One of the participants was Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center patient, 12-year-old Paul Heck, who finished his first half marathon (13.1 miles) in 2:05.19.

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