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DRIfocus: online - November, 2010


November 4, 2010


Cure-Focused Research
Attend Diabetes 2.0 -- Online!
To learn the latest from the labs, you don’t need to travel any farther than your own computer. The DRI Foundation’s Diabetes 2.0 update is being presented online.

Hear directly from DRI scientists about exciting research toward a cure. Plus, get an inside view of the labs and watch astounding video images, like the body’s actual attack on an islet cell.

Ask questions and we’ll post the answers. Join the conversation by tweeting your comments using #Diabetes2.0
>> Watch videos
  Luca Inverardi, M.D.

Juan Dominguez-Bendala, Ph.D.
DRI Resolute in its Commitment to Stem Cell Research
Despite the continuing debate over federally-funded stem cell research, the DRI remains committed to moving this promising area forward. We believe stem cells from a variety of sources could be used to alleviate the shortage of insulin-producing cells for transplant.

DRI Scientific Director Dr. Camillo Ricordi recently reported on data indicating cells from body fat may represent an excellent source of stem cells. In initial research, it was possible to transform at least a portion of these adipose-derived stem cells into insulin-producing cells.
>> Learn more
Under the Microscope with…
Alice A. Tomei, Ph.D.
The DRI is pursuing two new projects designed to prevent the rejection of transplanted islets without the need for immunosuppressive drugs that affect the entire body. The first involves a new cell encapsulation process being developed by DRI researchers. The second strategy investigates a certain protein secreted by tumor cells to prevent the body's attack.

The effort is being led, in part, by Dr. Alice Tomei who came to the DRI this past May from the Institute of Bioengineering at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.
>> Learn more
  Alice A. Tomei, Ph.D.  



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Living With Diabetes
Exercise + Drug Therapy: What's the Combined Impact?
DRI researchers are launching a study of type 2 diabetes patients to evaluate the impact of combining exercise with statin therapy. Statins, or cholesterol-lowering drugs, are commonly used to treat persons at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including those with diabetes. Would the addition of an exercise regimen further lower the risk?
>> Learn more

Get Involved
Be Part of the CURE – Literally!
Join thousands of people who want to help put an end to diabetes and be part of the cure by participating in the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation’s online campaign at

Upload your photo and a short story into the virtual collage and make a minimum $10 donation. It’s a fun and meaningful way for you and your family and friends to literally participate in the “CURE.” And, your donation can make twice the impact! Our generous campaign sponsors Animas and LifeScan will match the first $25,000 in donations.

The final CURE image - with your photo - will be printed on a huge banner that will hang at the Diabetes Research Institute. With a donation of $50 or more, you'll receive a mouse pad with the final CURE image. And, everyone who becomes part of the CURE will have a chance to win two tickets to the concert of their choice in their local area!

Visit to see the stories and photos already posted. Watch the videos from celebrities like Edward James Olmos, and see why the DRI and Foundation are part of the cure! .
>> Take part
>> See why the DRI is Part of the Cure  

Actor Edward James Olmos explains why he's "Part of the Cure."

Get Your Tibi Tee on!
Amy Smilovic, owner and designer of NY-based fashion line Tibi, has created a printed top to benefit the DRI and honor the late Alfred Shaheen, designer of the classic Hawaiian shirt.

Amy drew inspiration from his colorful, aloha prints, and now she serves as an inspiration to others. She will donate $100 from each shirt sold. The garment will debut this month at an invitation-only event in Soho.
>> Learn more


American Fine Wine Competition

If you like the idea of “Wine Angels” pouring one of 600 of the finest wines from across the country into your glass, then don’t miss the fourth annual American Fine Wine Competition. For the first year ever, this Ft. Lauderdale event will benefit the DRI.

Sign up to be a DRInsider to get a $20 discount!

>> Learn more


Empire Ball
Drawing hundreds from New York’s real estate industry and its affiliates, the always-elegant Empire Ball will light up the Grand Hyatt Hotel once again on December 6.

Last year’s event raised more than $1 million. Register online now!
>> Learn more
Richard C. Heller, Jody Durst, Ted Moudis
Stand Up for a Cure
This evening of comedy, presented by Marion and Bob Wilson & The Fish Market Restaurants, will feature Dante and “Motorman” Leon Kaplan.

It’s this weekend in Los Angeles, but you can still get tickets if you call now!
>> Learn more

Comedian Dante

All In for a Cure
This evening of Texas Hold’em sells out every year, and the 2010 NYC event is no different! See why the third annual All In for a Cure promises to be an exciting night.
>> Learn more


Champions for Charity
Join us Thursday, December 2 at London Jewelers for a glamorous cocktail reception, to be held in conjunction with the annual Champions for Charity shopping benefit at Americana Manhasset.
The DRI will receive 25 percent of the purchase price.
>> Learn more

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Visit the New York Historical Society through January 31st to see the exhibit on the discovery of insulin based on the book, Breakthrough.

Join PEP Talk on Facebook!


to help a child with diabetes!

Just visit between November 1 - 14 to view the video. Just by watching it, you'll help provide diabetes medication and supplies to children in the world's poorest countries.



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