The Type 2 Journey:
Building Community at the Berrie Center

The Berrie Center recently hosted two successful events (dubbed The Type 2 Diabetes Journey) to foster community building among the Berrie Center’s T2D patients and their families. On Wednesday, May 10, from 6 to 9 PM, classrooms 1 and 2 at the Berrie Center were magically transformed into a spring soiree where guests had a chance to mingle with their care team, enjoy a delicious buffet chicken dinner and listen to presentations from Berrie Center Co-Directors, Drs. Robin Goland and Rudy Leibel and T2D clinical research team members Harvey Schneier, MD and Patricia Kringas, RN, MA, CDE, who has led the type 2 diabetes team for the last 17 years.  

All of the guests were participants in the GRADE Study, which stands for Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: A Comparative Effectiveness Study and aims to set a new, national standard for the treatment of T2D by determining which one of four drugs, each from a different class of drugs, works best in conjunction with Metformin, the first-line treatment of T2D. “The patients are really the stars of the show,” said Patricia Kringas. “Without them, we wouldn’t be able to achieve any of our goals. An appreciation of that is really nice to pass along.”

On May 17 the Berrie Center held a luncheon for the Spanish speaking GRADE participants. The format was similar to that of the dinner except the event was in Spanish only. Adult Endocrinologist Jacqueline Salas, MD, led the program.

Said, Robin Goland, MD, the J. Merrill Eastman Professor of Clinical Diabetes, “They were amazing events—informative, uplifting, elegant and wonderful in every way. The patients and their families enjoyed the opportunity to connect with one another and learn about topics that impact their daily lives. I am proud that the Berrie Center can be a source of clinical care and emotional support.”

For more information on how to get involved with the Berrie Center’s T2D community please contact outreach coordinator Tori Bender at 212-851-5364

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