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There’s news. And then there’s news. The news that comes out of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center can change lives. For people with diabetes and those who care for them, and about them. So it makes sense to stay on top of all the latest — with both Berrie Center Direct news and In the Headlines, the frequent media coverage we get based on our important and exciting findings and the authoritative voices that speak for us.

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There’s always something going on here at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. Promising research. Special events. Success stories from our patients and their families. Stop by often to see the latest.

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Biologist Awarded Diabetes Research Prize for Studies of Fat Cell

Columbia University has awarded the 2016 Naomi Berrie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes Research to Peter Arner, MD, PhD, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Karolinska Institute, whose studies on the turnover of fat tissue in the human body has revealed processes that contribute to obesity and diabetes.

Berrie Center Patient has a Passion for Rugby

In pursuit of his passion—the contact sport of rugby—Berrie Center patient Mike Weis, 27, has broken an ankle, ribs and even an eye socket. Still, he said, “of all my scary moments on the field, I’ve never had any dangerous blood sugar episodes—they’ve all been limited to broken bones.

Thank You, Jake Payne, 12

To commemorate November, National Diabetes Month, we want to thank Dobbs Ferry middle schooler, Jake Payne, 12, for organizing and implementing a recent fundraiser for the

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CUMC Employees with T2D Participate in NIH GRADE Diabetes Trial

For National Diabetes Month, the Berrie Center spotlights a small and committed group of Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) employees who are participating in the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) GRADE Study (Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: A Comparative Effectiveness Study).

Patient with T1D

On Frontline of New and Experimental Classical Music

When she was 17, Elisabeth Halliday decided to be an opera singer. “I’m from a musical family,” said the 32-year-old Berrie Center patient. “I played percussion in high school, and I did a lot of musical theater.

Dr. Lisa Cole Burnett Defends Thesis

Congratulations to Lisa Cole Burnett, Ph.D., who successfully defended her thesis on Prader Willi Syndrome (PWS), a rare genetic form of childhood obesity that can lead to endocrine dysfunction and cognitive impairment.

Kristen Williams, MD:

An Accomplished Endocrinologist Joins the Pediatric Team

“I’m really happy to be back at Columbia,” said Kristen Williams, MD, the new pediatric endocrinologist at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, who did her internship, residency and endocrine fellowship at Columbia University. “This is where I was born as a doctor and this is where I grew up.”

Tori Bender:


Congratulations to Tori Bender, the Berrie Center’s communications and outreach coordinator, who was recently profiled on in a series called “52 women 52 weeks”—or #52women52weeks on Twitter. The series features 52 interesting women working 52 unusual jobs in and around New York.