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We opened our doors in October 1998, a small medical institution with an ambitious vision. To establish right in New York City a world-class center of excellence for diabetes, combining research with clinical care in one place. Formally known as the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center we came into being thanks to the generosity of the Russell Berrie Foundation and other friends. Russell Berrie was the founder and owner of a successful toy company. The center was named for his mother—both mother and son had diabetes.
In the years since, the Berrie Center has come into its own. With our innovative all-around patient care becoming a model for others, and our research in the spotlight from molecular level to clinical trials, our reputation has forged ahead nationally and internationally.
What it takes to be Berrie
"You hear a lot these days about how little time a physician spends with a patient. We turn that model inside out. The Berrie Center team takes the time to get to know our patients and individualize their care. It’s very different for different people and different families. We know our patients. And they know us. Which translates into much better diabetes control."Robin S. Goland, MD
Co-Founder and Co-Director
Our education program is endorsed by the American Diabetes Association. And last year our researchers received more awards than ever before from the National Institutes of Health and other major institutions.
Of course, every child, every adult, is different. And we treat them that way. It takes a real investment of time and energy to help a patient, and a patient’s whole family, to grasp what’s changed in their lives and to train them to do the very best job of managing diabetes.
To learn more about how you can help support the Berrie Center's mission, contact Caroline Hastings at 212-304-6418 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your gift supports care: your personal investment in personal outcomes
That investment of time and energy translates to a need for funding for everything we do for our patients. It goes beyond the welcome we extend to uninsured or underinsured patients. Every visit of every Berrie Center patient calls for financial support to balance our costs. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. And nor, we believe, would you.
Your gift supports the cure: your personal investment in every patient’s future
It’s no secret that research costs money. A huge amount of money. The Berrie Center is involved with all kinds of research at every level. From the molecular or cellular level of microscopes and Petri dishes, right through to the clinical trial comparing treatments in everyday therapy. All designed to translate to practical patient care. And ultimately a cure.
The Berrie Center you see
If you or someone you love has been a patient or a visitor to the Berrie Center, you’ve seen our philosophy in action.
For adults it may be explaining to family and friends, as well as the patient, the disease, the risk of complications and how to avoid them. Or helping to reverse the habits of a lifetime.
For children it begins with simply helping them get used to the difficult idea of a disease that won’t go away. It’s having our nutritionist design a plan just for that one child. It may be counting carbs. Learning what it takes to use an insulin pump. Just getting a child comfortable enough so they’re happy to come here.
It may be a team going to a child’s school so everyone the child comes into contact with knows what to look out for and how they can help.
And all our patients take classes and workshops given by Berrie Center staff.
You may also see our researchers in their labs or bump into them between appointments, and find out what they are working on, and how they expect this clinical trial or that research initiative to change things for the better for our patients and families.
The Berrie Center you don’t see
When you support the Berrie Center’s research, you’re supporting an open, collaborative model that brings together people from different disciplines and many different institutions.
The researchers who work right here at the Berrie Center are like the proverbial tip of the iceberg—part of a much broader network. When you read the published studies, you’ll see how much broader. A consortium could include scientists at Columbia University as well as leading diabetes researchers at top institutions around the world—all in the interest of the cure we’re all seeking.
Right now, Berrie Center scientists are collaborating in many important studies. Go to our research section for more details.
Research for a cure? Check
Pioneering patient care? Check
Special children’s programs? Check
You know us. We know you.
Our Co-Founders, Dr. Robin Goland and Dr. Rudolph Leibel, are as energetically committed as ever, and continuing to work at the Center full-time, heading up patient care and research, respectively.