Mark Your Calendars:
2017 Diabetes Research Panel on April 24

This year’s Berrie Center Diabetes Research Panel (from 6 pm to 8 pm at the University Club in NYC on Monday, April 24) will focus entirely on advancements and breakthroughs in type 1 diabetes (T1D). You will hear from the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center’s experts on a wide range of topics—from stem cell research and islet cell transplants, to current clinical trials and the latest technologies that promise to significantly impact the way T1D is managed.


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“We want to communicate our knowledge of what’s on the horizon to our patients and their families, answer any and all questions—and separate the hype from the hope about new treatments and prospects for a cure for T1D,” said Berrie Center Co-Director Dr. Robin Goland, the J. Merrill Eastman Professor of Clinical Diabetes at Columbia University and a moderator of this year’s panel.

The 2017 Diabetes Research Panelists are patient-specific stem cell pioneer Dieter Egli, PhD, the Maimonides Assistant Professor of Developmental Cell Biology; noted immunologist and islet transplant expert, Megan Sykes MD, the Michael J. Friedlander Professor of Medicine; Associate Professor and head of pediatrics at the Berrie Center, Natasha Leibel, MD; and Assistant Professor and adult endocrinologist Magdalena Bogun, MD who was recently selected to participate in the newly established NIH Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet Emerging Leader Program. TrialNet is an international network of researchers who are exploring ways to prevent, delay and reverse the progression of T1D. 

For the first time, two diabetes educators (sometimes described by patients as their “lifeline”) will be on the panel. They are pediatric educator Emily Casciano, RD, CDE and adult educator Courtney Melrose, MPH, RD, CDE.  In addition to Dr. Goland, this year’s moderators will be Berrie Center Co-Director, Rudy Leibel, Christopher J. Murphy Professor of Diabetes Research, and Domenico Accili, Chief of the division of Endocrinology at Columbia University Medical Center and the Russell Berrie Foundation Professor of Diabetes.

The annual Diabetes Research Panel not only highlights the diabetes research being done at the Berrie Center, it is also a way to introduce the research scientists and clinicians—the people who are on the front lines of diabetes research and clinical care—to the community of Berrie Center patients and families.

The event begins with Drs. Goland and Leibel introducing the panelists. The majority of the evening is devoted to questions and answers—which makes each event unscripted, free flowing, and unique. “I am always struck by the high level of interaction between the panelists and the audience, who I would have to describe as an educated, sophisticated group,” said Mary Elizabeth Bunzel, who is hosting the event with Paul B. Healy and Alka K. Singh. “And there are usually a lot of young people in the audience. Our questions are distilled, answered, respected and always appreciated.”

 For more information, or to purchase tickets by phone, please contact Bill Devers at 212-304-7222 or email William.Devers@columbia.edu