What do the numbers say about being one of the largest multi-disciplinary diabetes centers in the world? In 2016, there were 14,000 patient visits to the Berrie Center and 500 screenings of patient-relatives for antibodies indicating risk for type 1 diabetes (T1D). Over 1,150 hours of free educational programs and workshops were offered to patients and their families. 1,500 red apples and 1,200 juices as well as other snacks were provided to help manage blood sugars.
We conducted well over 10,000 A1C tests, which give patients the insight they need to achieve their diabetes management goals; And we sponsored 75 young patients with diabetes during our summer and winter programs, where they had fun and learned real life diabetes management skills. We gave away nearly 2,000 toys to our pediatric patients—including the ones swapped for candy at our 18th annual Halloween party.
The Berrie Center was the beneficiary of seven patient-hosted fundraisers in 2016 including an Evening of Cabaret and Cocktails when 75 patients, friends and family got together and raised $65,000.
On the science side of the Center, 2016 brought an amazing string of accolades, awards, prizes and headlines. A team of scientists led by Maimonides Assistant Professor Dieter Egli, PhD generated a type of embryonic stem cell that carries a single copy of the human genome rather than the usual two, a development that could advance research in gene editing, genetic screening and regenerative medicine.
Lisa Cole Burnett, PhD, and team identified a molecular basis for the Prader Willi Syndrome, a severe form of obesity, by using stem cell-based approaches to create the human brain cells important in regulating food intake. Lori Zeltser, PhD, and her team created a mouse model of anorexia nervosa for the first time.
We held our annual Diabetes Research Panel, an event that showcases the work of a small group of Berrie Center scientists representing some of the leading minds in the expanding field of diabetes research. We also hosted the 18th annual Frontiers in Diabetes Research Symposium—where the Berrie Awards are announced.
“It’s been another productive and promising whirlwind of a year at the Berrie Center,” said Dr. Robin Goland, Co-Director and J. Merrill Eastman Professor of Clinical Diabetes. “Thank you to all who helped make it possible. We are excited to see what’s in store for 2017. As always, we will continue to provide our patients and families with the highest quality care and support while our teams of scientists work on a cure for diabetes.”