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2019 Press Releases & News

What you need to know about fruit and diabetesFruit and Diabetes: What You Need To Know

December 2019 -- One of our PEP Squad (Parents Empowering Parents) moms with a newly diagnosed child wanted to know the do’s and don’ts of “fruit and diabetes.” So, we asked for more info from the expert nutritionists at the DRI, and we think you’ll like the advice they offered up. (HINT: You can still enjoy fruit’s sweet, juicy goodness!) Here’s what you need to know...


Elizabeth Forrest, Dancing for DiabetesFrom Driveway to Stage: Elizabeth Forrest is Dancing Toward a Diabetes Cure

December 2019 – It all started with a performance in her driveway, according to Dancing for Diabetes president and founder Elizabeth Forrest. Today, the nonprofit organization is a rising force in the diabetes community. Its reach extends well beyond its Orlando headquarters to people with type 1 diabetes throughout the country. And to date, Dancing for Diabetes has donated $145,000 to the DRI.


A Message from Dr. Camillo Ricordi on World Diabetes Day 2019
November 14, 2019 -- The Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation join the International Diabetes Federation, the United Nations and millions of concerned people around the world today to recognize World Diabetes Day, the primary global awareness campaign for diabetes.


Diabetes Research Institute Research Report - an update on the DRI's progress toward a cure for diabetes

Learn About the Diabetes Research Institute's Latest Advancements
A biological cure is an urgent priority. DRI scientists are aggressively working toward that goal. In our Research Report, you'll get an update on the DRI's BioHub strategy targeting the major areas needed to restore natural insulin production, highlights of the latest progress, innovative research underway, and what's coming next.


 It's Hot! 7 Tips for Managing Diabetes in SummerIt's Hot! 7 tips for Managing Diabetes in Summer
July 29, 2019 -- With excessive heat warnings being issued recently across the country, people with diabetes need to be extra cautious. Summertime already brings changes to structured routines – kids are out of school, vacation travel, increased outdoor activities, cookouts, and more. While most people enjoy summer’s flexibility, it can make it difficult to keep up the necessary habits of managing diabetes.


DRI study: CGM metrics in islet transplant recipients with long-term insulin independence show near-normal glucose controlIslet Transplant Recipients with Long-Term Insulin Independence Show Near-Normal Glucose Control
June 8, 2019 -- Continous glucose monitoring in islet transplant recipients who have been insulin independent for an average of 10 years clearly demonstrates that islet transplantation can result in glucose levels that are close to those in people who do not have type 1 diabetes, and show improved time-in-range and other key metabolic data compared to hybrid-closed loop systems.


'Reporter Islets' in the Eye May Predict Autoimmunity in Type 1 Diabetes'Reporter Islets' in the Eye May Predict Autoimmunity in Type 1 Diabetes
May 14, 2019 -- In an innovative study, researchers show that islets transplanted in the anterior chamber of the eye (ACE) may be reliable reporters of type 1 diabetes development and progression and help guide early intervention.



Out of the KitchenSouth Florida's Top Chefs Cook "Out of the Kitchen" to Benefit the DRI
March 20, 2019 -- Imagine 21 of South Florida’s most popular chefs all under one roof simultaneously cooking innovative, three-course meals right at the tableside! It’s happening at Out of the Kitchen, where adventurous diners—who won’t know what they’re being served until that very night—will be seated at tables of 12 and have the opportunity to interact with these culinary artists while they create.

Engineered 'suicide genes' safely grow insulin-producing beta cells from stem cellsDRI Scientists Engineer 'Suicide Genes' to Safely Grow Insulin-Producing Beta Cells from Stem Cells
February 19, 2019 -- For the first time, DRI scientists have engineered a stem cell line containing two ‘suicide genes’ that induce cell death in all but the desired insulin-producing cells. This double fail-safe approach opens the door to creating safe cell-replacement therapies for people living with type 1 diabetes.

PEP Walk & Family Fun DaySouth Florida Families Step Up for a Diabetes Cure at the PEP Walk
February 13, 2019 -- Hundreds will join the PEP Walk & Family Fun Day, Sponsored by Walgreens, in support of the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) and its mission of finding a cure for diabetes. To be held at T.Y. (Topeekeegee) Park on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, this fun family event is being hosted by the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation’s PEP Squad.


Italian Minister of Health Appoints DRI Director Camillo Ricordi, M.D., to Italy's Supreme Council of Health
February 7, 2019 -- Camillo Ricordi, M.D., director of the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been appointed by Italian Minister of Health Giulia Grillo to Italy’s Supreme Council of Health, the committee of medical experts who advise the government on health policy.

Diabetes Research Institute_Can the eye help achieve islet transplant tolerance in type 1 diabetes?Can the Eye Help Achieve Islet Transplant Tolerance in Type 1 Diabetes?
January 31, 2019 -- DRI researchers show that islets transplanted in the eye of experimental and preclinical recipients can function long-term without continued immunosuppression, and may lead to long-term peripheral immune tolerance in other transplant sites. 



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