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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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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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The Year in Review

Happy New Year to friends and families of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, and thank you to all whose support helped make last year one of significant clinical innovation, multiple awards and promising breakthroughs in our labs. As we look forward to the future, did you know that in 2017 the Berrie Center


The Berrie Center hosts a Preceptorial in Diabetes

Last month the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center hosted a “Preceptorial in Diabetes”, sponsored by the Endocrine Fellows Foundation, (EFF) which offered 5 fellows from around the country a front row view of the vigorous research and quality clinical programs at the Berrie Center. “It was a full week of opportunity for the fellows to experience the richness of what we do here,” said Dr.


Top 10 Tips to Get Through the Holidays

By Will Berkley

Will Berkley is a patient at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center and a Freshman at the Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT.

Let’s face it.  When you think of the holidays, you think of food: all of the meals, parties, and sweets. Here are ten tips that will help you get through this season with better blood sugars.


Therapeutic Arts at the Berrie Center:

“To Express Complex feelings in a Visual Way”

Sometimes a picture is worth even more than 1000 words according to visual artist Cara Lampron, BA, MS. As the Program Coordinator, Cara facilitates the new therapeutic arts program for the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. Art at a diabetes center?


Thank you Tatum Leamkau

A heartfelt thank you to Tatum Lemkau, 10, for organizing the sweetest fundraiser of this holiday season—a bake sale at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, CT where she is a 5th grader. Tatum’s big brother Mack, a patient at the Berrie Center, has type 1 diabetes (T1D), which, she says, “is something really close to my heart. More people should be aware of it.”


Berrie Center Implements New Billing Policy

In order to adhere to nationally recognized diabetes practice standards, the Berrie Center has updated its billing and office procedures. Starting January 1, 2018, patients will be charged $50 for each missed follow-up visit that is not canceled with at least 24 hours notice.


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.

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