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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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Loving someone with type 1 diabetes:

What role do you play in your loved one’s care?

Diabetes is a 24/7 job. The job is only made easier by a comprehensive support system. For spouses and partners of people living with diabetes, knowing how to be supportive is not always obvious. Some days it means speaking up, while on other days being supportive means keeping quiet.

Utpal Pajvani, MD, PhD

Receives a Herbert Irving Scholar Award

Congratulations to the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center’s Utpal Pajvani, MD, PhD, the recipient of a Herbert Irving Scholar Award to support Assistant Professors at Columbia University with promising careers in clinical and translational research.

Living with T2D:

Life as a Mitzvah-Maker

Meet Rabbi Joel Soffin, a patient at the Berrie Center—although the last thing he’s worried about right now is his type 2 diabetes. Ten years ago Rabbi Soffin, started a foundation called Jewish Helping Hands—and today the Rabbi spends his days thinking about mothers near the Gaza strip who need formula for their babies. 

Berrie Center Patient, 10

A Rising Star in Salsa Scene

When Chanel Roman was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (she was 2) her mom Karina took to heart a piece of advice she received from everyone, including the doctor: “Keep Chanel active.” And so she

Obesity in the News:

America’s Biggest Losers

You may have read about a new study published in the scientific journal Obesity and then reported in the New York Times revealing that most of the 16 contestants on season 8 of The Biggest Loser, have regained much, if not all, of the hundreds of pounds they had collectively lost.

The 2016 Annual Diabetes Research Symposium:

"An Opportunity for Lively Debate"

On April 18, 2016, the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center held its annual Diabetes Research Symposium, an evening that showcases the depth and scope of the science conducted at the Berrie Center. “The Berrie Center is designed to conduct basic research in the physical context of clinical care,” said Rudy Leibel, MD, the Christopher J. Murphy Professor of Diabetes and the Berrie Center Co-Director....

Joe Linehan, 7, Center Court at Madison Square Garden

“Always up for the Challenge.”

The occasion was halftime at an NIT (National Invitation Tournament) college basketball playoff game at Madison Square Garden. The cute redhead in the photo on the court is Joe Linehan, 7, Berrie Center patient and a first grader in Ms.  Narcisco’s class at William O. Schaefer School in Tappan, NY. That’s Joe too smiling on the Jumbo-Tron surrounded by friends and family.

Berrie Center Scientists Create First Mouse Model

of Anorexia Nervosa

A new mouse model that incorporates three key elements contributing to anorexia nervosa—genetics, stress, and dieting—may reveal new ways to treat the disorder. The Newsroom at Columbia University Medical Center wrote the story.

Scientists Develop new Human Stem Cells with Half a Genome

Human cells are considered diploid because they inherit two sets of chromosomes, 23 from the mother and 23 from the father. Reproductive egg and sperm cells are known as haploid because they contain a single set of chromosomes. They cannot divide to make more eggs and sperm. “What is fundamentally new is we have cells that can divide and renew with a single genome.

Preteens find peer support at the Berrie Center

For a group of 12 preteens, a visit to the Berrie Center on March 31 was more about games and pizza than A1cs and exams. Led by child life specialist Kelli Ferguson and social worker Diana Cory, the Berrie Connect preteen event was an opportunity for 8-12 year olds to socialize and talk openly about life with type 1 diabetes (T1D).