Could the next thing you read here change your life?

There’s news. And then there’s news. The news that comes out of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center can change lives. For people with diabetes and those who care for them, and about them. So it makes sense to stay on top of all the latest — with both Berrie Center Direct news and In the Headlines, the frequent media coverage we get based on our important and exciting findings and the authoritative voices that speak for us.

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There’s always something going on here at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. Promising research. Special events. Success stories from our patients and their families. Stop by often to see the latest.

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Mytonomy Partners with Berrie Center and Others

On “Microlearning” Patient Educational Program

How do adults with type 2 diabetes (specifically those who need insulin for the first time) best learn to self-manage their condition? A company called Mytonomy, which specializes in patient education, believes it can answer that question in one word, “Microlearning,” or bite-sized (from 30 seconds to 3 minutes) portions of information delivered by digital download.


The Berrie Center Welcomes

Ophthalmologist Srilaxmi Bearelly

We are delighted to welcome Srilaxmi Bearelly, MD, MHS, to the Berrie Center, where she will join Daniel Casper, MD, PhD, in providing the ophthalmic care that is vital to the well-being of people with diabetes. Dr. Bearelly, an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Columbia, (and the retinologist to whom Dr. Casper refers most patients needing treatment) has been at Columbia since 2010. 


George Stratigopoulos, Phd

Wins Best Paper Award

Congratulations to Berrie Center scientist George Stratigopoulos for winning a “Best Paper” prize awarded by the Science Unbound Foundation which states as its mission, “furthering scientific knowledge in the service of health, happiness and quality of life of humankind through scientific research and education.”


Back to School with Diabetes

For parents of children with diabetes, getting ready for a new school year includes a lot more than buying new clothes, backpacks, notebooks, and pencils. It means buying diabetes supplies to keep at school and most importantly, preparing school staff to help your children stay safe at school and at school-sponsored activities.


The Story of Ryan Finlay:

“Diabetes is no Big Deal”

This is a story of one man’s triumph over adversity. Ryan Finlay is a 40-year old New York City police officer with a passion for the martial arts. For six years, he suffered through what turned out to be a rare, genetic disease that manifested in severe abdominal pain that comes from chronic pancreatitis.


Profile of Alicja A. Skowronski

A Postdoctoral Fellow

“Obesity in Poland, this never even crossed my mind,” said Alicja A. Skowronski, 31, a newly appointed postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Rudolph Leibel, MD, the Christopher J. Murphy Memorial Diabetes Research Professor at Columbia. “I was 4 years old when communism ended in Poland. What I remember is that people ate meals at home prepared from scratch and rarely ate out, or over-ate....


Tips for Travel with Diabetes

Whether it’s a week in the mountains or a trip to Hawaii, it’s not too late to savor the last month of summer. When you have diabetes though, just packing for a trip can seem overwhelming.  “I have heard it likened to packing a disaster kit,” said Courtney M. Sahn, a pediatric nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. “In some ways it’s true.

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