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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:


Teens With T1D and the Holidays

Exploring the Relationship Between Food and Blood Sugar

They came (about a dozen teens with type 1 diabetes) they saw (a handful of healthy ingredients before them) and they conquered—the making of two different easy-to-prepare holiday appetizers, one sweet, one savory.


Congratulations to Michael Rosenbaum, MD

Michael Rosenbaum, MD, a Diabetes Investigator at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center and a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, won the 2018 TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society (TOS). The award recognizes excellence in an obesity-related research career. The winner is selected by his or her peers.


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.

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