diabetes care & research
Diabetes rates are soaring, plaguing more than 400 million people worldwide. Russ Berrie, who had diabetes himself, understood the magnitude of this problem. To address it, Russ 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. Each year, promising diabetes researchers receive critical seed funding when they are selected to receive Naomi Berrie Awards.
Selected Recent Grants
Obesity Research Initiative at Columbia University 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.
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.
Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative To treat, support and engage hundreds of low-income, uninsured or underinsured Bergen County residents who have or are at risk of developing Type II Diabetes, through the Diabetes Care and Education Program.