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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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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.

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Patient with T1D

On Frontline of New and Experimental Classical Music

When she was 17, Elisabeth Halliday decided to be an opera singer. “I’m from a musical family,” said the 32-year-old Berrie Center patient. “I played percussion in high school, and I did a lot of musical theater.

Dr. Lisa Cole Burnett Defends Thesis

Congratulations to Lisa Cole Burnett, Ph.D., who successfully defended her thesis on Prader Willi Syndrome (PWS), a rare genetic form of childhood obesity that can lead to endocrine dysfunction and cognitive impairment.

Tori Bender:


Congratulations to Tori Bender, the Berrie Center’s communications and outreach coordinator, who was recently profiled on in a series called “52 women 52 weeks”—or #52women52weeks on Twitter. The series features 52 interesting women working 52 unusual jobs in and around New York.

Kristen Williams, MD:

An Accomplished Endocrinologist Joins the Pediatric Team

“I’m really happy to be back at Columbia,” said Kristen Williams, MD, the new pediatric endocrinologist at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, who did her internship, residency and endocrine fellowship at Columbia University. “This is where I was born as a doctor and this is where I grew up.”

Dancing Dan Billard and Wife Flo

Raise Money for the Berrie Center

Dan Billard has a winning attitude: “The more you do, the more you can do,” he says. So when he turned 85 this summer, he decided to have a fundraiser for the Berrie Center.

Turning Their Desire for a Cure

Into Donations from Friends and Family

When Gina Fortunato-Gehan turned 50 in July, she decided she wanted to have a big party for friends and family to help her celebrate. In lieu of gifts, she and her husband Kyle requested that guests contribute to type 1 diabetes research at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, where their daughter Arianna, is a patient.

Dieter Egli, Stem Cell Scientist

Talks about his Work

All forms of diabetes are due to failure of the beta cells of the pancreas to produce sufficient insulin to meet the metabolic needs of the individual in whom the disease develops. The generation of new beta cells with patient-matched genotypes will benefit patients with type 1 diabetes, where beta cells are lost. It will likely also benefit other forms of diabetes.

A String of Awards and Honors

For Berrie Center Stem Cell Scientist

Congratulations to Dieter Egli, PhD, the Maimonides Assistant Professor in the Division of Molecular Genetics, and the Berrie Center’s distinguished stem cell biologist, well on his way to creating viable, patient-specific, insulin-producing beta cells that will one day be delivered back to the patient...