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.

Go To: In The Headlines

Berrie Center Direct

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.

Click on the links below to see what’s happening at the Berrie Center.


CUMC offers Clinical Trial of

Promising, new Obesity Drug

A promising, experimental obesity drug called setmelanotide, is now being tested in a clinical trial at Columbia University Medical Center. The drug, developed by Rhythm, a Boston-based biotech company, targets the protein melanocortin 4 receptor, or MC4R, which plays a key role in appetite and weight regulation in the brain.


Mirta Franqui, Medical Secretary

Medical secretary Mirta Franqui is usually the first to arrive at the Berrie Center each morning. Upon her arrival, Mirta turns on the lights, starts the lab machines, makes sure there is paper in the printers and the copier and tidies up if need be.


Berrie Prize Awarded for Insights into

How the Brain Controls Hunger

Columbia University has awarded the 2017 Naomi Berrie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes Research to Bradford B. Lowell, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Lowell is an innovator in creating cutting-edge genetic engineering and neuroscience techniques to study energy, balance and obesity.


November e-newsletter

Click here to read our featured stories:

Another happy Halloween from the Berrie Center

Kristen McCabe: Russell Berrie Foundation Fellow

Participating in Clinical Trials: Like Father, like daughter

Myotonomy partners with Berrie Center on “microlearning”


Living with Diabetes

The World According to Will Berkley

To commemorate National Diabetes Awareness Month (which is every November) the Berrie Center asked an expert on the topic what living with type 1 diabetes is really like. Here is what he wrote—including what he calls, his “top 10 tips to beat the betes.”


Another Happy Halloween

From the Berrie Center

Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff…This year’s Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center Halloween Party was oozing with Harry Potter tricks and treats. The staff (including therapy pup Pushkin) dressed in character, kids made wands and potions and parents mingled amidst magical Harry Potter banners. There was even a quiz about the four houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.


Kristin McCabe:

Russell Berrie Foundation Fellow

The unexpected results, or the most puzzling findings, are always the most intriguing and exciting.  It means you’re onto something new.


Be an Informed Healthcare Consumer in 2018

Health Insurance Tips from the Berrie Center

At the Berrie Center, we are especially aware that living with and treating diabetes is expensive—and that having good health insurance is essential. Choosing healthcare is a complex decision that requires individual analysis. That is why we’d like to provide you with a few tips to keep in mind as you shop for health care coverage during Open Enrollment (November 1 to December 15, 2017).

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