Insulin producing islet cells

One Goal: A Biological Cure

At the Diabetes Research Institute, the vision is a world without diabetes. To make that vision a reality, we are laser focused on one goal: to discover a biological cure. For millions of children and adults living with diabetes today, a cure would mean:

The ability to restore natural insulin production and normalize blood sugar levels without imposing other risks.

Why a Biological Cure?

Over the last century, advancements in new treatments aided by the remarkable developments in computer technology have helped many people better manage the disease, but achieving optimal glucose control remains an unattainable goal for the vast majority of those with diabetes, and particularly among young people. Despite patients' best attempts, managing diabetes remains a challenging, daily balancing act that requires constant vigilance. That's because insulin therapy cannot ideally mimic the exquisite biological function of a healthy pancreas. And that's why the Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation remain passionately committed to achieving this singular goal. Learn more about our progress toward a cure and the steps we are taking to turn our vision into reality.

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The BioHub strategy is built on three pillars of research - the Site, Sustainability, and Supply, which are essential for restoring insulin production in those living with diabetes.
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The DRI is intensely focused on advancing the most promising research to patients living with diabetes and is gearing up for a number of innovative clinical studies.  
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Pancreatic islet cells under the microscope
Since its inception, the Diabetes Research Institute has made significant contributions to the field of diabetes research and leads the international effort to discover a cure.
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"The reason we remain focused on a biological cure is that while we recognize there are other efforts to improve day-by-day life of subjects with diabetes...these approaches don't deal with the eradication of the disease..."

- DRI Director Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

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