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2017 Press Releases & News

DRI Director Camillo Ricordi, M.D.Diabetes Research Institute Director Camillo Ricordi, M.D., Named a Fellow of National Academy of Inventors
December 12, 2017 --  Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.

2017 Empire State goes BlueThe Empire State Building To Go Blue for Empire Ball and Diabetes Cure
November 2017 -- The iconic, world-renowned Empire State Building will illuminate in sparkling blue on Wednesday, Dec. 13 to commemorate the 34th annual Empire Ball, New York City’s most anticipated event of the year for the real estate and construction industries that raises needed funds for the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) and its mission to find a biological cure for diabetes.


Santa ClausSanta Claus Pens Personal Letters to Children for Christmas
November 2017 -- Imagine the joy and amazement of a child’s face to see a letter addressed to him/her from the one and only Santa Claus this Christmas. Each letter is unique and personalized–complete with a North Pole Stamp–to a child in any part of the world for a minimum $15 donation to the Diabetes Research Institute.


Members of the DRI's multidisciplinary team discuss clinical trials.New Clinical Trials Aim to Address Challenges of the Immune System
November 2017 -- Overcoming the significant challenges of the immune system is absolutely critical in developing a biological cure for this disease, which is why it is now the subject of increasingly intense focus at the Diabetes Research Institute.



Join us Bounce Away Diabetes! Families Help Bounce Away Diabetes (B.A.D.) at Multiple Sky Zone Trampoline Parks During November's Diabetes Awareness Month
October 23, 2017 -- Families who are #PumpedToJump to help find a cure for diabetes should join Bounce Away Diabetes (B.A.D.) at various participating Sky Zone parks across the U.S. and in Canada on Sunday, November 5, from 10 a.m. – noon.


Dr. Peter Buchwald, DRI Director Dr. Camillo Ricordi, Marta Garcia-Contreras, and Alejandro Tamayo-GarciaDiabetes Research Institute Scientists Identify New Biochemical "Signature" as a Potential Early Indicator of Type 1 Diabetes Onset
October 10, 2017 -- People with type 1 diabetes are typically diagnosed once they begin displaying the usual signs and symptoms of the disease. DRI scientists have identified a new biomarker that may predict T1D onset earlier, and may even signal ongoing immune destruction.


Kathleen Will The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) recently appointed Kathleen “Kit” Wills as Director of Development of its Florida Region
October 2, 2017 --  With more than 23 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Wills brings superior expertise in cultivating relationships and donor stewardships as well as experience in major gift solicitations to the DRIF.


Sandra and Sid LevyDiabetes Research Institute Foundation Board Spotlight: Sandra Levy
October 2017 -- Every year like clockwork, Sandra Levy rallies her Love and Hope Committee for another fundraising season solely dedicated to helping the Diabetes Research Institute reach a cure. This has been her tradition for more than four decades, and a true labor of love.


Exosomes are like tiny bubbles that are released from practically every cell in the body. DRI Study Points to Potential New Type 1 Diabetes Biomarker
September 2017 -- A “biomarker” is a medical sign—or indicator—that a biological state or condition exists. Biomarkers are used in all facets of medical research to test for the presence of a disease and/or the effectiveness of therapies to treat it.



Hurricane PreparednessHurricane Preparedness Tips for People with Diabetes
September 2017 -- The most important priority should be to identify yourself as having diabetes so that you can get the care you need.  In situations such as a hurricane, the relief workers making decisions as to where a person should go and how they should be cared for will be based in part on the seriousness of their medical condition.


North America's Building Trades Unions reiterated their additional $6 million commitment to the DRINorth America's Building Trades Unions' Unwavering Commitment to a Cure
June 2017 -- To date, the men and women of North America's Building Trades have raised more than $53 million for the DRI. At the 2017 Legislative Conference, NABTU President Sean McGarvey reiterated their ongoing commitment to raise an additional $6 million.  



Bruce and Rachel Siegel, Planning on a Cure: The Benefits of a Charitable Remainder Unitrust
June 2017 -- Bruce and Rachel Siegel of New York City are both passionate about the Diabetes Research Institute — an organization they believe will discover the cure for diabetes.



New England Journal of Medicine

DRI Results in New England Journal of Medicine Show Novel Tissue-Engineered Islet Transplant Achieves Insulin Independence in Type 1 Diabetes
May 10, 2017 -- Scientists from the Diabete Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have produced the first clinical results demonstrating that pancreatic islet cells tranpslanted within a tissue-engineered platform can successfully engraft and achieve insulin independence in type 1 diabetes.

Lindsey Inserra-Hughes and Bonnie InserraA Special Thank You to Inserra Supermarkets
Inserra Supermarkets is recognized by customers and communities in the Northeast as the local, family-owned supermarket company dedicated to supporting national research and community organizations - and especially the Diabetes Research Institute.



Michael Baker and Samantha Shanken-BakerDiabetes Research Institute Foundation Board Spotlight: Samantha Shanken Baker
May 2017 -- Samantha Shanken Baker, a longtime supporter of the Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation, describes herself as the "luckiest girl in the world." Living with type 1 diabetes for nearly 30 years, she recently received a successful kidney transplant - remarkably from her husband.


Raj Hirani, Ph.D., director of regulatory affairs at the DRIUnder the Microscope with Khemraj "Raj" Hirani, Ph.D.
May 2017 -- To help navigate the regulatory roadmap of clinical trials, DRI scientists turn to Raj Hirani, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance, and his team. In addition to helping his colleagues, Dr. Hirani wants to help find a cure for his son, who has type 1 diabetes.


The Elbaz familyMaking a Difference in the Search for a Cure
"That was the day our life changed," Florence Elbaz said of August 18, 2016 - the day her youngest daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes...Luckily they quickly found support in another family at Chiara's school.


I'm a #T1DSuperHeroDRI Foundation Recognizes the #T1DSuperHero on April 28, 2017, National Superhero Day
April 27, 2017 -- On April 28, National Superhero Day, which honors real and fictional role models, the DRI Foundation pays tribute to T1D superheroes—those who live with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and the families, friends, and caregivers who support them.



Out of the Kitchen logoTop Chef's Sam Talbot and Miami's Hottest Chefs Team Up for Annual Event to Support DRI
April 20, 2017 -- Some of the most popular chefs from across South Florida will treat guests to the best seat in the house at the annual Out of the Kitchen event hosted by chef Sam Talbot and CBS Miami Entertainment and Lifestyle Reporter Lisa Petrillo in the St. Regis Bal Harbour.


DRI Director Camillo Ricordi, M.D._PRel imageNew Findings Reinforce Possible Role of High-Dose Vitamin D and Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Halting Type 1 Diabetes Progression
April 12, 2017 -- Investigators report on the case of an 8-year-old boy with type 1 diabetes who was given the combination therapy at disease onset to prevent further destruction of his insulin-producing cells.  


Exosomes are like tiny bubbles that are released from practically every cell in the body.

Tiny Cell Messengers May Aid in Establishing Tolerance and Halting Autoimmunity
March  2017 -- Exosomes are released from practically every cell in the body and have been found to influence many physiologic functions, like immune regulation, cell differentiation, and the spread of cancer. DRI researchers are exploring their role in halting autoimmunity in type 1 diabetes.


 Dr. Allison Bayer was awarded the 2017 Marc S. Goodman Prize for an Outstanding Young ScientistDr. Allison Bayer Awarded New Grants to Further Immune Tolerance Research
January 2017 -- Dr. Allison Bayer and her team are investigating ways to reset the immune system as a means of promoting tolerance and reversing autoimmunity in those living with type 1 diabetes. Funding from two new grants will help her build upon promising findings.



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