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2016 Press Releases & News

NYC's Real Estate Industry Raises $1.2 Million for Diabetes Cure at Empire Ball
December 21, 2016 -- It was a spectacular night of building support when the real estate and construction industries joined together for the 33rd Annual Empire Ball and raised $1.25 million for the Diabetes Research Institute. 


Camillo Ricordi MD World Diabetes Day 2016A Video Message from Dr. Camillo Ricordi for World Diabetes Day
November 14, 2016 - In recognition of World Diabetes Day, DRI Director Dr. Camillo Ricordi says we have one singular goal and asks that the diabetes community helps to "turn all eyes on a diabetes cure."



Dr. Alice Tomei and her team have received several new grant awards to help advance their research toward clinically applicable therapies. Grant Awards Will Help Translate Immunoengineering Research Toward Clinically Applicable Therapies
November 2016 -- One of Dr. Alice Tomei and her team's key projects is the development and implementation of an innovative islet encapsulation technology that is similar to shrink wrapping. Now, several new grant awards will help them advance research closer to patients with T1D.  


Researchers develop procedure for standardized islet cell product featured on cover of Diabetes Researchers Develop Procedure for Standardized Pancreatic Islet Cell Production at Multiple Sites
November 2016 -- Researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of large-scale production of pancreatic islet cells by multiple sites using a standardized process. The report was featured as the cover story of the November 2016 issue of Diabetes.



Jeanine Forman-Ham is passionate about a cure and planning for the future. Passionate About a Cure and Planning for the Future
November 2016 -- Longtime supporter Jeanine Forman-Ham wanted to help her son with type 1 diabetes by helping to fund the DRI's research, so she contributed appreciate stock as one of the means by which she generously gives to the DRI Foundation.  



The IRA rollover is now permanent and those who qualify can transfer money to charities like the DRIF without incurring a tax burden.The IRA Rollover is Permanent!
November 2016 -- Last year, Congress passed legislation extending the charitable IRA rollover and making this provision permanent for future years. For those 70 1/2 years of age or older, your money can be transferred to qualified charities, such as the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation free from federal tax each year.


The Empire Ball Honorees with Dr. Camillo RicordiThe Empire Ball, NYC's Premier Real Estate Event, Builds up Support for Diabetes Cure
October 26, 2016 -- The Real Estate Division of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) will honor three outstanding individuals for their professional and philanthropic efforts on December 14, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.



Dr. Alberto Pugliese stands with a plaque memorializing Eugenia Dodson, the woman whose extraordinary multi-million gift supported his endowed chair and numerous other DRI programs.DRI's Alberto Pugliese, M.D., Awarded J. Enloe and Eugenia J. Dodson Chair in Diabetes Research
October 18, 2016 -- Immune tolerance leader Alberto Pugliese, M.D., was presented with the J. Enloe and Eugenia J. Dodson Chair in Diabetes Research during a ceremony at the Diabetes Research Institute.



Lindsey Inserra Hughes Immune Tolerance Seminar Series kicks off at the DRI Diabetes Research Institute Launches Lindsey Inserra-Hughes Immune Tolerance Seminar Series to Advance Immunology Research for Type 1 Diabetes
October 13, 2016 -- The DRI and the DRI Foundation will jointly host the inaugural meeting of the Lindsey Inserra-Hughes Immune Tolerance Seminar Series, a forum for the exchange of scientific findings aimed at tackling one of the most critical issues in type 1 diabetes research. 


 2016 Ride for the DRI Tour of the HamptonsJoin Ride for the DRI at Tour of the Hamptons
September 12, 2016 -- Many cycling enthusiasts are putting their favorite pastime to good use by joining the Ride for the DRI, a dedicated team of bike riders participating in the Massapequa Park Bicycle Club Tour of the Hamptons.



The MacMaster familyOne Family's Fight Against Diabetes
September 2016 -- The MacMaster Family is on the offensive. Laser-focused on a biological cure, the family has directly targeted diabetes - a disease that began waging ware on them long ago. Fran was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 10. And then her worst fears became reality when two of her four children got the disease as well.


Drs. Alice Tomei and Diana VellutoFirst Type 1 Diabetes Patient in Europe is Free from Insulin Therapy After DRI's BioHub Transplant
June 9, 2016 – A 41-year-old man who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 11 has become the first patient in Europe to discontinue insulin therapy after receiving a transplant of pancreatic islet cells using an innovative technique developed by the Diabetes Research Institute. 


Drs. Alice Tomei and Diana VellutoDRI Scientists Fine Tune Encapsulation Techniques to Protect Transplanted Islets
May 2016 -- If transplanting an organ or a cell into a person came without the risk of rejection, patients would be able to receive donated organs and cells with more ease. Scientists at the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) are at the forefront of developing technologies to protect transplanted islets from being attacked and keeping them stable, efficient and long lasting. 


 William J. Fishlinger Elected Chairman of the Board of the DRIF
April 26, 2016 -- William J. Fishlinger has been elected Chairman of the National Board of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF). A member of the board since 2008, he formerly served in the position of Treasurer and also chaired the DRIF’s Finance Committee. Fishlinger succeeds Harold G. Doran, Jr., who had served as Chairman since 2011.  


Islet Transplantation Moves Toward an Approved Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes
April 18, 2016 -- An unprecedented collaborative study across North America was completed to determine safety and efficacy of islet transplantation – the transplant of the pancreatic cell clusters that contain insulin-producing cells in the pancreas – for treatment of the most severe forms of type 1 diabetes. 



DRI researchers are investigating biliary tree stem cells.The Biliary Tree of Life
March 2016 -- Researchers at the Diabetes Research Institute have described a network of stem cells in the biliary tree, liver, and pancreas - and they are proposing to consider it as a framework for understanding liver and pancreas regeneration after extensive or chronic injuries



DRI Takes a Big Step Forward with Reprogramming Cells to Create Islets
March 2016 -- This new, non-invasive way of reprogramming cells may increase the limited supply of islets for transplantation into people with type 1 diabetes. Even better, it may even allow patients to regenerate their own insulin-producing cells, alleviating the need for a transplant altogether. 



The Human Endocrine Pancreas: New InsightsNew Insights: Alternative Sources of Islets
March 17, 2016 -- As published in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, DRI scientists were asked to write a thorough review of the progress in two of the areas that are the most likely to replace islets for transplantation - or regeneration - and address the critical cell supply shortage. Read key takeaways from their article. 


South Florida Steps up to Find a Cure For Diabetes
March 2016 -- Thousands of people from across South Florida laced up their sneakers to help find a cure for diabetes at the 6th annual DRI Walk for Diabetes & Family Fun Day, presented by Walgreens earlier this month at Miami's Marlins Park. 



DRI Celebrates a Decade of Freedom From Insulin Injections for Third Islet Transplant Patient
February 11, 2016 -- Celebrating a significant 10-year milestone, Tallahassee resident Chris Schuh, 64, is grateful to be alive. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 30, Schuh received an islet cell transplant at the Diabetes Research Institute, and has been living free from insulin injections for a decade. 



An Evening of Fantasy at the Fontainebleau to Raise Funds for a Diabetes Cure
February 8, 2016 -- It was an evening of love, hope and Fantasy at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach on February 6 at the Love and Hope’s 42nd annual gala – which, in combination with the Preview Party, has helped raise nearly $51 million to date for the for the cure-focused work of the Diabetes Research Institute. 


Top athletes team up to inspire kids with T1D at Kids Carnival for a CureTop Athletes Team Up to Inspire Children with T1D at Kids' Carnival for a Cure
February 3, 2016 -- Champion Snowboarder Sean Busby and Marathon Runner Stephen England have made their dreams come true despite living with this difficult disease, and now they're hoping to inspire other children to do the same at the DRI's Kids' Carnival for a Cure. 



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