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2020 Press Releases & News

Holtz Family

A Family's Struggle and Plea for Support to Find a Cure for Diabetes

December 2020 - The Holtz family share their story of when diabetes changed their life and why they support the Diabetes Research Institute's singularly focused mission.



Gabriella B

A Mother's Story on Why Donating is Critical

November 2020 - The Diabetes Research Institute is working tirelessly on the search for a cure. For one mother, knowing that the institute is doing everything they can to help so many, gives her hope. Donating to the Diabetes Research Institute helps our scientists get closer to ending this disease that affects so many around the world.


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Diabetes Research: Funding research to find a cure

November 2020 - As a scientist studying the debilitating, potentially deadly effects of type one diabetes, Dr. Norma Kenyon, of the Diabetes Research Institute is passionate about the goal: finding a cure. Thanks to the funding from the foundation, the transplant process is improving all the time.        


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The Mission of the DRIF: CEO Sean Kramer shares his story

November 9, 2020 - Today, living with diabetes is more manageable, thanks to research and improving technology, like insulin pumps and glucose monitors. But make no mistake, diabetes remains a devastating diagnosis for everyone involved. A cure is what the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is committed to: every day and every dollar is dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes.               


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The History of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation

November 2, 2020 - Learn about how five families came together to create the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation in hopes of finding a cure for diabetes.



November is Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and YOU can Help

November 1, 2020 - Throughout the month of November, we join together with the global diabetes community to raise awareness about what it's like to live with this often-invisible disease and why it's important to find a cure now. There are so many ways you can get involved and help spread the word!


Sean Kramer has been appointed CEO of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation and will lead the effort to raise philanthropic funds for DRI scientists to discover a biological cure for diabetes.A Message from DRIF CEO Sean Kramer the Importance of Thinking Big

October 8, 2020 - I’ve always had a theory that Big Ideas leads to Big Gifts and Small Ideas leads to Small Gifts. Though I’ve never explored the actual rationale behind the theory. I suppose at the point we find ourselves in today’s world that it makes sense to put additional thought as to why this is more than just theory.

Hurricane PreparednessA Message from DRIF CEO Sean Kramer In Response to the Pandemic

August 25, 2020 - At the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, we have faced the pandemic with a view toward the future. As cases of the novel coronavirus began presenting and comorbidities like diabetes impacted patients at significantly higher rates, we knew that our work to find a cure was more important than ever.


Hurricane PreparednessDuring Hurricane Season, Make Sure Your Kitchen and Your Diabetes Supply Kit are Stocked and Ready!

July 27, 2020 -There are many important things to consider when preparing for a hurricane, and your health is one of them. Things to anticipate during and after a storm is power outages, temporary lockdowns, and/or flooding. Be prepared!


Long Term Culture of Human Pancreatic Slives Reveals the Regeneration of Insulin-Producing Cells in Real-Time

June 29, 2020 - Scientists from the DRI have developed a method allowing for the long-term culture of "pancreatic slices" to study the regeneration of the human pancreas in real-time.

Eat Your Pantry!

June 11, 2020 - Items in the pantry often times sit on the shelf to later be forgotten. Since many people continue to stay safe at home, take advantage of this time at home with a pantry clean-out! Get the kids involved and explore nutrition education, recipe development, and menu planning.



Diabetes Research Institute Foundation-logoDRI Scientists Confirm Existence of Pancreatic Stem Cells That May Have Potential to Regenerate Into Insulin-Producing Cells

May 13, 2020 - Scientists from the DRI at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have conclusively confirmed that progenitor cells within the pancreas of patients with diabetes continue to exist regardless of the duration of the disease. These findings open the door to developing regenerative cell therapies for those living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.


7 Tips to Minimize Snacking and Keep Your Health in Check

May 13, 2020 - Does COVID-19 safety precautions and shelter-in-place orders have you walking back and forth to the kitchen? You're not alone! Whether its emotional eating or just stress and boredom, many of us are spending more time snacking. For people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, overeating can make it more difficult to keep blood sugars under control. That's why it's important to recognize new patterns and work through them to keep your health in check.

Diabetes Research Institute FoundationDRIF Appoints Two Nonprofit Sector Veterans to Leadership Roles

May 7, 2020 - The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) today announced the appointment of Tiffany Bedran as its Cheif Administrative Officer and Amy Powers, MBA, MSTX, as its Chief Development Officer. Both are seasoned, high-level nonprofit professionals with outstanding track records for achieving results and providing innovative leadership. They will be important assets in helping the organization fulfill its mission to cure diabetes.


Daniel Mintz MD

DRIF Mourns the Late Dr. Daniel Mintz, Founding Scientific Director of the DRI

April 24, 2020 - The Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation deeply mourn the passing of Daniel H. Mintz, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Scientific Director Emeritus of the Diabetes Research Institute. He was the key visionary who conceived and guided the construction of the Institute.


NABTU LogoDRIF Receives $3 Million Gift From North America's Building Trades Unions to Fund Cell Therapy for COVID-19

May 6, 2020 - The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) today announced a donation of $3 million from North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), to support specific and urgent research on the use of umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells to treat COVID-19-related inflammation. The generous gift will accelerate needed clinical trials during this challenging time.


Sean Kramer, CEO of the DRIFA Message from DRIF CEO Sean Kramer During the Coronvirus/COVID-19 Pandemic

March 24, 2020 – As DRI Foundation CEO Sean Kramer mentions in this video message, our work to find a biological cure for diabetes continues — in good times and in bad. We remain focused during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, and we thank you for your tireless support of our mission.

Coronavirus and diabetesDiabetes Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Emergencies

March 20, 2020 – Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, during times of stress and illness, blood sugars may change rapidly leading to extreme high or low blood sugars. Visits to the Emergency Care Center may be avoided if you are prepared for sick days and monitor your situation closely. In order to prevent this from happening, there are important steps you can take.

Coronavirus and diabetesProtecting Yourself and Your Loved Ones With Diabetes From Coronavirus/COVID-19

March 13, 2020 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be a public health emergency of international concern. At present there is no vaccine against it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with chronic medical conditions like diabetes are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness.

Sean Kramer has been appointed CEO of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation and will lead the effort to raise philanthropic funds for DRI scientists to discover a biological cure for diabetes.Diabetes Research Institute Foundation Appoints Sean Kramer as Chief Executive Officer

January 28, 2020 – With an outstanding track record of achieving results and providing innovative leadership in the nonprofit sector, Sean has an ambitious vision for the DRIF's future. As a person with diabetes, he is also passionately committed to our mission to cure diabetes.

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