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The Russell Berrie Foundation carries on the values and passions of the late Russell Berrie, through promoting the continuity of the Jewish people, fostering religious understanding and pluralism, supporting advances in diabetes and humanistic medical care, celebrating unsung heroes and elevating the profession of sales. Read More>>


Open Call for Nominations for the 2014 Russ Berrie Award for Making a Differnce, Nominations will be accepted through February 14, 2014.

Nominations for the 2014 Russ Berrie Award for Making a Difference will be accepted by The Russell Berrie Foundation through February 14.  New Jerseyans who have made a significant difference in their communities through a lifetime of service or a single heroic are eligible for cash awards of up to $50,000. Members of the community are invited to nominate New Jersey residents whose deeds, carried out in the state, make them worthy of recognition. To learn more see the following announcement: Angelica_Berrie_PSA_Year_Round

To nominate an unsug hero online follow this link:Ramapo College of New Jersey || Russ Berrie Award for Making a Difference.

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Awardees and Angelica 2013 MADA

The Russell Berrie Foundation celebrated twelve remarkable individuals and recognized their outstanding heroism and community service with top monetary awards totaling $165,000

On May 2, 2013, a dozen New Jersey residents were recognized as unsung heroes at the seventeenth annual Russ Berrie Awards for Making A Difference. The ceremony, held on the campus of Ramapo College, highlighted the positive impact of the awardees on the lives of Garden State residents. Over 200 guests attended the ceremony including past awardees, government officials and community and business leaders, the President of Ramapo College and Trustees and staff of The Russell Berrie Foundation. Nominations for awards are made by members of the community and winners are selected by a Committee of community leaders. Broadcaster Steve Adubato Jr. emceed the event. James A. Kutsch, Jr., Ph.D., President and CEO of The Seeing Eye, Inc. presented the keynote address and Dana Katzman-Spett of Pony Power Therapies, a top MADA finalist in 2007 also spoke.

The Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Insitute creates Nano-Sized replicas of the Declarations of Independence of the United States and the State of Israel to be presented to President Obama

President Obama and Declaration of Independence

Scientists at the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute (RBNI), created a side-by-side gold coated nano-chip replica of the Declarations of Independence of the United States and Israel to be presented to President Obama during his recent visit to Israel. The chip was affixed to a stone dating to the Second Temple Period. The gift symbolizes the shared values between both nations and celebrates Israel's evolution from its past to today's high tech nation. RBNI scientists utilized a high tech ion beam generator which produced the inscriptions on a gold-coated silicon chip with an area smaller than a pinhead. To watch a video about the making of the nano-sized U.S. and Israeli Declarations click here.

President Shimon Peres presented the Technion Nano Bible to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

Nano Bible

On May 11, 2012, The Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute at the Technion presented the Nano Bible to Pope Benedict XVI as he commenced his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The Nano Bible was cased in a leather-bound replica of a 13th-century Bible and included a technical description of its creation and a 10,000-times magnification of the first 13 verses of the Book of Genesis.More>>>


The Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University presented the 2012 Naomi Berrie Award at the 14th Annual Frontiers in Diabetes Research Conference

NBDC award 2012

From left to right are Rudolph Leibel MD (co-director of Berrie Center and the Christopher J. Murphy Memorial Professor of Diabetes Research), Robin Goland MD (co-director of the Berrier Center and the J. Merrill Eastman Professor of Clinical Diabetes), the Award recipients -- Diane Mathis PhD and Hongxia Ren PhD, and Domenico Accili MD (the Russell Berrie Foundation Professor of Diabetes).

On November 17, 2012, the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center presented the 2012 Naomi Berrie Award to Christophe Benosit, MD, PhD and Diane Mathis, PhD both of Harvard Medical School, for their contributions to expanding understanding of the disease mechanisms underlying type 1 diabetes. Dr. Benoist and Dr. Mathis have pioneered the sudy of the interaction between the immune system and metabolism by identifying a microbe wich can block the developement of diabetes in a mouse model.

Dr. Hongxia Ren, PhD, an associate research scientist in the laboratory of Domenico Accili, MD in the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, received the Junior scientist award for her discovery that gene Gpr17 acts as a nutrient sensor and apetite regulator. Dr. Rene's reseach is further exploring the role of liver and central nervous system interactions in the pathogenesis of diabetes and obesity.

Established by the Russell Berrie Foundation in 2000, the Naomi Berrie Award for Outstaning Achievements in Diabetes Research promotes and rewards outstanding achievement in the field, while supporting the careers of young and promising diabetes investigators. Learn More about the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center >>>