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November 2016

Under the Microscope: David Baidal, M.D.
Alberto Pugliese, M.D.

DRI researchers are focused on moving promising research into the clinical trial phase of testing and with that comes an increasing need for clinical research expertise. Dr. David Baidal, who served in the DRI's Clinical Islet Transplant Program as a post-doctoral fellow, re-joined the team at precisely the right moment. Read more about him as we go Under the Microscope with David Baidal, M.D. 

Researchers Standardize Pancreatic Islet Production
Alberto Pugliese, M.D.

The Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), in a collaborative study with seven other international centers, has demonstrated the feasibility of large-scale producation of pancreatic islets using a standardized process. DRI Director Camillo Ricordi, M.D., was the first author of the report, which is featured on the cover of the Novemer issue of Diabetes. A positive commentary published in the same issue calls the standards developed by Ricordi and his collaborators "a landmark for future reference." Read the article now.

Advancing Immunoengineering and Encapsulation Technologies 

Alice Tomei, Ph.D., director of the DRI's Islet Immunoengineering Lab, has developed an innovative encapsulation technique, known as confrmal coating, for protecting islet cells. Now she and her team have been awarded several new grants that will help fund this exciting work and bring it closer to clinical trials.

Dr. Tomei and Dr. Camillo Ricordi were recently invited to join key opinion leaders at a prestigious scientific meeting in Boston, the highlights of which are reported in this American Journal of Transplantation article incluing a discussion of Dr. Tomei's work.

Ways to Give...While Shopping and Working!
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May The Cure Be With You

Holiday Shopping on AmazonSmile
The gift-giving season is quickly approaching. If you are one to avoid the mall crowds and shop online, gets even better! Now, you can enjoy the same wide selection, low prices and convenience, plus donate 0.5 percent to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. Shop on AmazonSmile now!

Workplace Giving: Real Hope for Real People
Ever wonder if the people you see in our photos are models? They're not! They're real people affected by diabetes. Thanks to critical support provided through workplace giving campaigns, like the Combined Federal Campaign and United Way, they have real hope for a cure.   

May The Cure Be With You
Are you ready to fight the powers of the Dark Side? You will be...with this glow-in-the-dark May The Cure Be With You T-shirt. It's perfect for showing your support during Diabetes Awareness Month or holiday gift giving with a heart.  Plus, you'll be supporting our work toward a biological cure.

The IRA Rollover is Permanent! 
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Last year, Congress passed legislation extending the charitable IRA rollover and making this provision permanent for future years. For those who are 70 1/2 years of age or older, up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from a traditional or Roth IRA to one or more qualified charities free from federal income tax each year.  Learn more about this special opportunity!  

Passionate About a Cure and Planning for the Future 
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A child's T1D diagnosis is devastating -- even when that child is a grown adult. Jeanine Forman-Ham can attest to that. Wanting nothing more than a cure for her son, Jeanine got involved with the DRI Foundation and developed a plan to provide for her family and the causes that are important to her through a donation of appreciated stock. Read Jeanine's story.

Upcoming Events
Skai Jackson

Make sure you have the 411 on upcoming events! Don't miss the Empire Ball, a NYC real estate industry fave this December. Next year, Love and Hope's Magical Mardi Gras Gala is a South Florida signature event. And there's so much more! Find your FUN in our Events Calendar and check out post pics in our Photo Gallery.

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