Relatives of People with Type 1 Diabetes:

NIH TrialNet Pathway to Prevention Research Study

Contact the Berrie Center at 212-851-5466 or via email: eal2179@columbia.edu to arrange a TrialNet Pathways to Prevention screening.

Can type 1 diabetes be prevented? You can help answer this question by participating in the NIH TrialNet Pathway to Prevention Research Study For Relatives of People With Type 1 Diabetes. 

Relatives of people with type 1 diabetes have about a 15 times greater risk of developing the disease than people with no family history of type 1 diabetes. For those who test positive, there are several diabetes prevention trials to consider that are currently underway at the Berrie Center. 

People can get screened if they have a brother, sister, child or parent with type 1 diabetes (and are between 1 and 45 years old) or are a cousin, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, half-brother or half-sister of someone with type 1 diabetes (and are 1 to 20 years old).

“The Berrie Center is on the forefront of preventing type 1 diabetes - and you can help. It is so important for all relatives to get screened."

Ellen Greenberg
Lead Research Coordinator for Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Trials

A small sample of blood is drawn and tested for pancreatic auto-antibodies, or markers that show the autoimmune process has already begun. About 95% of relatives who are screened test negative for these auto-antibodies. Subjects younger than 18 years old should be re-tested yearly until they are 18. People who have positive antibodies can participate in very promising diabetes prevention trials that are being done at the Berrie Center under the auspices of NIH TrialNet.

Relatives of people with type 1 diabetes can undergo a fast and easy TrialNet screening test at the Berrie Center or have the blood test done at a doctor’s office or laboratory close to their home, if coming to the Berrie Center is not convenient.

To arrange a TrialNet Pathways to Prevention screening:

Contact the Berrie Center at 212-851-5466 or via email: eal2179@columbia.edu