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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Meet the Medical Assistants

“We are the artery between diabetes team and patients.”

How many medical assistants does it take to care for the patients at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center? Here’s a hint: More than 80 children and adults are seen each day at the Berrie Center and many, many more call on the phone.

Hesham Osman, Administrator and CFO:

“I Am Happy to be Part of This Organization”

Hesham Osman, 59, the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center’s talented Administrator and Chief Financial Officer was born and raised in Cairo and earned a business degree and then a master’s degree in accounting from Cairo University. In September of 1983, Hesham immigrated to America with his wife, a dentist, and their 4 young children.

A Long Distance Relationship With Your Doctor?

“For Me, "Even Coming to the Berrie Center from China, Was a No-Brainer”

How far would you travel to see an endocrinologist—especially one you already adored? For Doug Kanter, a photojournalist, software designer and a patient of the Berrie Center’s Co-Director, Dr.

2014 Diabetes Research Panel:

Update on Research at the Berrie Center

The Diabetes Research Panel showcased the extraordinary research program at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, encompassing scientists and clinicians from more than a dozen departments at Columbia University who are collaborating on cutting-edge projects ultimately aimed at an eventual cure for diabetes. Many thanks to Mary Elizabeth Bunzel, Paul B.

Dieter Egli

Dieter Egli, PhD

April Diabetes Research Panelist

Dieter Egli, PhD, is a unique basic scientist with a passion and expertise in translational research – his goal is to apply his work to cure type 1 diabetes.  Although early in his career, and a newly recruited Columbia University/Berrie Center faculty member, Dr. Egli is a pioneer in stem cell biology and in the creation of diabetes patient-specific stem cells.

Dr. Domenico Accili

Domenico Accili, MD

April Diabetes Research Panelist

We have confirmed that the gut production of insulin, a discovery we originally made in mice, can also occur in people with diabetes—Domenico Accili

Patricia Garnica

Patricia Garnica, Inpatient Nurse Practitioner:

“I Was Meant To Be A Nurse”

Patricia Garnica has been a hospital nurse for over 25 years. When she came to New York City from Colombia, she already had a nursing degree from La Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota. She didn’t speak a word of English when she got to the US and studied English after she arrived.