World-class research that puts patients and families at the center of our universe.

What are the underlying causes of diabetes, and how can it be prevented, cured, or better controlled to avoid complications? These are the questions that drive Dr. Rudolph Leibel, Co-Director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center and head of diabetes research, and over 50 other investigators working here and in the Columbia University labs.

Leading research that's happening right here.

Every time you come for an appointment, think about this: a few yards away, dedicated researchers are conducting important, intensive work to answer the most fundamental questions about diabetes.

"We're proud that the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center is recognized as one of the most important diabetes research centers in the world. The goal is one day—it can't be too soon—to find the cure that will put our clinical care center out of business. Until then we'll be unwavering in our commitment to patient care. That's the meaning of ‘The Care Until the Cure.' In the end, the goal isn't the care. It's the cure."

Robin S. Goland, MD
Co-Founder and Co-Director

Berrie Center researchers are driven by something more than the desire to produce academic papers—the desire to change the lives of our patients.

Around the Center or in the elevator, our researchers are surrounded by our patients and their families. A 2-year-old just diagnosed with Type 1. A teen wrestling with a weight problem—and Type 2. An adult who for years had been misdiagnosed. Every one of our scientists knows our patients. And that's why every one is determined to see that the latest insights and discoveries are brought to our patients as quickly as possible.

Our patients—our partners in research.

We offer our patients the opportunity to participate in both basic research and clinical trials, with access to the most advanced diagnostic and treatment approaches. And, one day, we hope, the research that will lead us to the cure for diabetes.

Will the breakthrough come from stem cell research? Will it be the research into making intestinal cells into tiny insulin factories? Or switching the focus from lowering glucose with insulin to blocking the pathway of a hormone that increases glucose? Will it be understanding the autoimmune nature of diabetes? What technology advances will play key roles?

We prize every gift. But our funding from institutions only takes us part of the way.

The Berrie Center's groundbreaking research programs are internationally recognized, and funded by leading organizations including the National Institutes of Health, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, the Foundation for Diabetes Research, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, the NY Stem Cell Foundation, the New York State Stem Cell Program (NYSTEM), the Brehm Coalition, the Rudin Foundation, and the Russell Berrie Foundation. Grants like these are a huge vote of confidence in us and our work.

We especially value the precious "thank you" gifts from people we've been able to help.

You don't have to be a big-name institution to make a big difference. Patients and their families have made it possible for us to acheive what we have accomplished. Contact Jamie Gutter at Jamie.Gutter@columbia.edu to learn how you can make an impact. 

Here are the three main types of research that happen at the Berrie Center's labs.

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