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2015 Press Releases & News

Jericho Twin Brothers Search for a Cure At Top Diabetes Research Centers
December 14, 2015 -- More than their common birthdays link 17-year-old twins Jake and Michael Carrion from Jericho, NY. Together, they share a dream – finding a cure for diabetes. Jake and Michael knew the best place to go to answer their probing and inquiring thoughts was the DRI.



DRI Hosts Annual Investigator Meeting on Islet Cell Research
December 3, 2015 -- The Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) will serve as the host institution for the 2015 Annual Investigator meeting of the Human Islet Research Network (HIRN) Consortium of Human Islet Biomimetics (CHIB).



DRI Pioneers Safer Approach for Creating Insulin-Producing Cells
November 24, 2015 -- Scientists from the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) have successfully converted non-insulin producing cells into insulin-producing cells using a single agent, BMP-7 (bone morphogenetic protein-7), which is already approved by the FDA for clinical use. 


 Dr. Camillo Ricordi to Deliver Inaugural CTS Ricordi Lecture at Joint Congress
November 17, 2015 -- Scientists from around the world working within the multi-disciplinary fields of cell and organ transplantation are convening in Melbourne, Australia, this week for the 2015 Joint Congress, a global forum for sharing progress on new cell-based treatments and research to cure diabetes.


VIDEO: A World Diabetes Day Message from Dr. Camillo Ricordi
November 2015 -- In recognition of World Diabetes Day 2015, we are pleased to bring you the following video message from Dr. Ricordi: "All of us here at the Diabetes Research Institute are working to discover a biological cure – so we can Halt the Diabetes Epidemic that causes too much pain and suffering."


DRI Researchers Publish in Leading Peer-Reviewed Journals
October 2015 -- Diabetes Research Institute's Drs. Jay Skyler, Per-Olof Berggren, Midhat Abdulreda, Alberto Pugliese, and Thomas Malek published findings in different leading peer-reviewed journals.



Bob Dooley and Donor Advised Funds Support the DRI
October 2015 -- Bob Dooley is no stranger to the Diabetes Research Institute, having been a supporter since 1979. His interest was motivated by his son Robert’s diagnosis 49 years ago, before they moved to Florida. When he found an endocrinologist to treat his son, the physician recommended that he contact the DRI Foundation. 


Selling Your Business...Now What?
October 2015 -- You are finally monetizing your life’s work after years of hard work in building the business. Maybe your kids – or the next generation – are not interested in the family business and therefore you have found an interested buyer. Or maybe they have found you.  


First Patient in BioHub Trial No Longer Requires Insulin Therapy
September 9, 2015 -- The Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, announced today that the first patient in its clinical trial has been free from insulin injections in record time following the implantation of islet cells within a biological scaffold. 


Roberta and Bruce Waller and Wendy WallerA Family That Gives Together
September 2015 -- The Waller family is determined to make an impact in the search for a cure. Their involvement with the Diabetes Research Institute dates back to 1989 when Roberta and Bruce Waller's daughter, Dara Melnick, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.



Diabetes Research Institute Successfully Transplants First Patient in BioHub Trial
August 26, 2015 -- The Diabetes Research Institute, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, announced today that the first patient in its clinical trial to test for the first time a novel transplant technique for insulin-producing cells was successfully completed.



The Gandini familyConnected Through the Internet, United by a Common Goal
July 2015 -- Ever since their 5-year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Paola and Piero Gandini of Italy have been engrossed in the search for a cure - a journey that led them across the Atlantic to the Diabetes Research Institute in Miami.



Bruce Fishbein and Don StrockDiabetes Research Institute Foundation Board Spotlight: Bruce Fishbein and Don Strock
July 2015 -- Over the last 32 years, Florida board members and longtime friends Bruce Fishbein and Don Strock have built a strong partnership along with one of the area's longest-running celebrity/amateur golf tournaments - raising approximately $3 million for the DRI.



Top 6 Planned Giving Questions
July 2015 -- What is a planned gift? A planned gift is a gift to be made in the future that immediately satisfies your philanthropic goals and might improve your financial situation. It can be a bequest in a will or trust, a beneficiary designation of an insurance policy or retirement plan, a transfer on death designation of a bank or securities account, a charitable trust, or a charitable gift annuity.


Three Dozen Bestselling Authors Collaborate to Support DRI
April 30, 2015 -- Assembled by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Brenda Novak, the never-before-published collections are a joint effort among dozens of her notable colleagues throughout the literary world to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes.



"Top Chef" Star Sam Talbot and Miami Chefs to Turn Up the Heat at "Out of the Kitchen"
April 27, 2015 -- Bravo’s "Top Chef" season two semi-finalist and “Fan Favorite” Chef Sam Talbot, has battled with type 1 diabetes since he was diagnosed as a child, and he’s bringing the fight to Miami with the help of some of the city’s hottest chefs. 



A Special 10th Anniversary of D.R.E.a.M.S. In The City
April 22 , 2015 -- 
Representing Diabetes Research, Elegance and Modern Sophistication, D.R.E.a.M.S. in the City has transformed into a grand soiree, which is expected to attract more than 400 guests on Tuesday, May 5th, at The Pierre Hotel, beginning at 6:30 p.m. 



Families and Individuals Unite to Support the DRI at Long Island's Crystal Ball
April 15, 2015 -- Benefiting the critical research being conducted at the Diabetes Research Institute, the elegant Crystal Ball will again bring together Long Island’s most generous and dedicated in the effort to find a cure. 



Peter Buchwald, PhD, was elected as a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)Scientific Society Honors DRI Researcher
February 2015 -- Dr. Peter Buchwald, director of the DRI's drug discovery program, was elected as a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest scientific society.



Wallock of the Foundation for Diabetes Research (FDR)New Jersey's Foundation for Diabetes Research: A Force Within the Community
February 2015 -- The parents, families, and individuals involved in the Foundation for Diabetes Research (FDR) have joined forces to battle a menacing threat: type 1 diabetes.



The Luebs familyDiabetes Research Institute Foundation Board Spotlight: John Luebs
February, 2015 -- Those who know John well will attest that, above all, he's a genuine family man and very proud father. Knowing that is what drives him, it's no wonder that John, together with his wife, Fran, committed themselves to supporting the DRI to find a cure for their eldest daughter, Maggie.



Disney Star Skai Jackson Joins Kids' Carnival for a Cure
February 12, 2015 -- Twelve year old Disney star Skai Jackson of the hit series Jessie will be joining hundreds of young supporters, parents and families at the Kids’ Carnival for a Cure, benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute. 



Alberto Pugliese, M.D.$3.3 Million Dollar Grant Funds Collaborative Diabetes Research
January 2015 -- The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded a $3.3 million grant to the Diabetes Research Institute/UM, the University of Florida, and additional institutions worldwide, as part of a collaborative global effort to help discover the causes of type 1 diabetes and find a cure.



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