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July, 2010
Cure-Focused Research
DRI to Present Research on Alternative Transplant Sites
DRI researchers are testing alternative sites for transplanted islets and their recent findings have been selected for presentation at the prestigious Transplantation Society's 23rd Congress in Vancouver, Canada.
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Under the Microscope with…
Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D.
Dr. Kenyon discusses how Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs), which are found naturally in our body's own bone marrow, have a beneficial effect on transplanted islets. MSCs have the unique ability to reduce inflammation, repair damaged tissue and stimulate the growth of blood vessels.

They may also play a role in the survival and function of insulin-producing cells. For all these reasons, it's believed MSCs can enhance the use of cell-based therapies for the treatment of diabetes.
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Norma S. Kenyon, Ph.D.



Dr. Camillo Ricordi Inducted
Into Prestigious Association
DRI Scientific Director Camillo Ricordi, M.D., was inducted into the prestigious Association of American Physicians for his outstanding contributions to the field of diabetes research. He is one of four UM physicians and the only surgeon initiated this year.
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Richard Cote, M.D., Camillo Ricordi, M.D., Antonio Bianco, M.D., Ph.D., and Joyce Slingerland, M.D., Ph.D.

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Living With Diabetes
Kosow Center Earns Top Rank by Patients
A recent survey shows patients are “most likely to recommend” the Kosow Diabetes Treatment Center at the DRI, which has always been known for its exceptional level of care.

We extend special thanks to those of you who provided this wonderful acknowledgement and congratulate the entire team, led by Dr. Luigi Meneghini.
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Luigi Meneghini, M.D., M.B.A., Director of the Kosow Center

New Study: Combining Tools Improves Glucose Control
New findings from a one-year, multi-center study, including the Diabetes Research Institute, show that type 1 diabetes patients achieve better glucose control using an insulin pump in combination with a continuous glucose sensor that monitors their skin glucose levels, rather than intensive multi-injection therapy with traditional glucose monitoring.

The results of the study were published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
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Just Ask Kellie
Do you have a diabetes question?  Just ask Kellie Rodriguez, M.S.N., C.D.E., C.P.T., director of patient education at the DRI. 

In this issue, Kellie answers: With the tools available now to monitor blood sugar that help to keep numbers as normal as possible, is there more potential for hypoglycemic reactions?
>> Read Kellie’s response or email a question

Kellie Rodriguez, DRI's Director of Patient Education

Get Involved
Don’t be Idle…Be the Hero!
What are your plans for summer? 

Be the Hero along with American Idol finalist Kevin Covais and so many others who have joined the Diabetes Diplomats, the fastest growing community aiming for the cure.
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Kevin Covais

Brenda Novak’s Online Auction
for Diabetes Research
Thanks to so many DRI supporters, New York Times bestselling author and diabetes parent Brenda Novak surpassed the $1 million mark with her sixth annual online auction. 
>> Read the news release

Brenda Novak

Phil Peterson’s Key West Poker Run
They don’t call it South Florida’s biggest biker party of the year for nothing! 

Join the Peterson clan in Key West on September 17-19 for the 38th annual weekend of festivities while supporting the DRI.
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Dirk, Phil and Drew Peterson

Rod Gilbert DRI Golf Classic
Held annually in memory of Anthony John Vitale and Helaine Shari White, the tournament will also honor Edward M. Fallon this year. 

Join us on August 9 at Pine Hollow Country Club in East Norwich, NY, for a great day of golf.
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Helping Hands
Elementary-school students in Tenafly, NJ, raised their hands in support of classmate Leo Gregory, son of Danielle and Troy Gregory. Their school project raised hundreds of dollars for the DRI. 

It’s easy to create your fundraiser through the Diabetes Diplomats program. Find out how.
>> Learn more about the Gregory family's project
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Leo Gregory

Cure Thrift Shop’s 2nd Birthday Bash
Bring your shopping buddies and join us at Cure Thrift Shop’s 2nd Birthday Bash in NYC! 

Celebrate with owner Liz Wolf, who created the popular East Village boutique by combining a passion for thrift shops with her commitment to a cure.
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