diabetes care & research

From Cubism to a Cure | Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center Co-Founder/Co-Director Robin S. Goland’s TEDx Talk on Type 1 Diabetes


Diabetes rates are soaring, plaguing more than 400 million people worldwide. Russ Berrie, who had diabetes himself, was prescient in his understanding of the magnitude of this problem. To address it, he funded the creation of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center, which has become one of the world’s premier diabetes facilities. The Berrie Center is premised on the idea of “the care till the cure,” providing patients with superb holistic, humanistic care while also producing some of the most exciting research in the field. In recent years, The Russell Berrie Foundation has widened its lens on the disease, partnering with institutions such as Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center to explore new modalities for prevention and education. 



Selected Recent Grants

Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center To motivate young scientists to pursue innovative diabetes and related research by funding their work through the Naomi Berrie Award for Achievement in Diabetes Research, and to gather 200 leading scientists, students and clinicians for the annual Frontiers in Diabetes Research Symposium.

Diabetes Prevention Initiative To create two innovative, community-based diabetes prevention pilot programs in high-risk New Jersey communities, working in partnership with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Hackensack University Medical Center and the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative

Jaharis Simulation Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center To launch a pilot program using simulation-based medical education to elevate the level of diabetes care, with the goal of developing a curriculum to teach healthcare providers how to manage the complex and specific needs of patients with diabetes.

Obesity Research Initiative at Columbia University Irving Medical Center To support groundbreaking interdisciplinary research on the relationship between metabolism and neuroscience, a new frontier in understanding a major contributing factor to diabetes.