The Berrie Center Year in Review

Happy New Year and thank you to all whose support helped make 2018 a year of significant clinical innovation, multiple awards, and promising breakthroughs in our labs. As we look forward to the future, did you know that in the past year we:

  • Ushered in a new era of technology in diabetes management by training hundreds of patients on the closed loop insulin pump and embraced “no fingerstick” technology by educating and supporting our patients on continuous glucose monitors. 
  • Analyzed processes by which beta cells might be regenerated in human islets.
  • Interpreted more than 15,000 meter, pump and continuous glucose monitor downloads to provide patients with expert insight to improve day to day management (in addition to fielding thousands of urgent calls/faxes/emails to meet patient needs day and night). 
  • Produced human brain cells (from stem cells) that affect food intake and glucose metabolism.
  • Held the 20th installment of the Berrie Foundation sponsored Frontiers in Diabetes Research Symposium focusing on research related to the medical complications of diabetes.
  • Launched a pilot program called THRIVE for people with T2D who struggle to meet their longterm A1C goals and who could benefit from more frequent contact with their care team. 
  • Generated surrogate insulin-producing cells in the gut. 
  • Successfully expanded our Therapeutic Arts Program for pediatric patients who benefit from the creative, monthly afterschool sessions for girls, boys, tweens and teens. 
  • Joined a large NIH consortium aimed at finding new genes related to the causes of diabetes.
  • Trained over 30 doctoral and postdoctoral students in research related to diabetes, metabolism and body weight regulation. 
  • Offered a host of events and programs to families free of charge, to treat the emotional and psychological side of diabetes (as well harness the power of a shared experience).
  • Created humanized mice as models of type 1 diabetes to study the genesis and genetics of the disease.
  • Collaborated with the New York Presbyterian group Choosing Healthy and Active Lifestyles for Kids (CHALK), on after-school nutritional programs for teens.
  • Generated fully functional, transplantable islets from human stem cells and corrected diabetes mutations in these cells using DNA manipulation techniques. 
  • Reached our goal of screening 5000 relatives of patients for antibodies indicating risk for T1D. 
  • Collaborated with a leading patient-education company on the production of short, informational digital downloads to help people self-manage their diabetes.
  • Described a mechanism by which a very common human gene variant results in obesity. 

 We cannot do all of this without you! Please make a donation that will help us continue our life-changing support and groundbreaking research.

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