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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Specifically Named Diseases Research

Mission: The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide the Diabetes Research Institute with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now.  Founded in 1971 by a small group of parents of children with diabetes who were committed to finding a cure for this devastating disease, the DRI Foundation has evolved into an international coalition of business leaders, celebrities, research scientists, clinicians, families and other concerned individuals who have helped change both the scope and direction of diabetes research. Supported by private philanthropy, the DRI Foundation is the organization of choice for those who are serious, passionate and committed to finding a cure for their loved ones and millions of others with diabetes. For more information, visit DiabetesResearch.org or call 1-800-321-3437.

Geographic areas served: All

Programs: Drif funds basic, pre-clinical and patient-based studies, including a recently fda-approved phase i/ii clinical islet transplantation trial to test a new transplant site in the body for a dri biohub, a bioengineered mini organ that mimics the native pancreas to restore natural insulin production in those with diabetes. The first patient in this pilot trial has now been successfully transplanted, with several other patients activated and awaiting a matching donor pancreas. Drif has also funded pilot projects undertaken by dri researchers that make use of the newest advancements in technology and are key components of the dri biohub, and funding has allowed several other research initiatives to near the clinical trial phase of testing. The drif has funded international researcher training that has resulted in the completion of phase iii clinical islet transplantation trials. The resulting data was submitted in a biological license application to the fda for insurance reimbursement for patients with the disease. Key funded research areas include tissue engineering, immune tolerance, regenerative medicine, stem cell research, and nanotechnology, among others, to restore biological insulin production. Drif also hosts informational workshops for people with diabetes and their families focusing on the latest advances toward a cure and the newest diabetes management techniques. Through its website diabetesresearch. Org, the drif provides "news you can use" and research updates for those living with diabetes and their family members in the form of e-newsletters, videos, email announcements and information via social media.

community diabetes education. The diabetes research institute foundation provides information to the public via its website literature, speakers and hosting an annual diabetes research conference, print interviews and toll free number 800-321-3437. The public gains knowledge about diabetes, diabetes care and research towards finding a cure for diabetes.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been familiar with DRIF for several years now. Not only does my neighbor work for DRIF, but I have been around several family members and friends who have been battling Diabetes 1 or 2 for many years. My grandmother, my father, several aunts and uncles, cousins and, more recently, 6-year old Jaxon, a friend's grandson, have all been diagnosed with either Type and are doing what they need to do in order to survive. DRIF has provided education to the world of those afflicted; they have provided support and treatments; they have showed the best methods to approach this disease; and I know there will me much more to learn along this journey. I congratulate DRIF on the awesome and amazing work it is doing to help people be aware of Diabetes and its treatments. I congratulate DRIF for its dedication, devotion, and unselfish opportunities offered to people suffering from Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2. Well Done!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son Jax was diagnosed with Type 1 a week after his first birthday :(
After walking out of the hospital 10 days later with all my diabetes training and education materials , I didn't even know where to turn for support. I felt my world was crumbling right before my eyes. I knew I needed to connect with moms of Type 1's and have a support system that could really understand what I was going through.
***Having good friends and family are necessary during this time and so are Type 1 mom's !
(who I now consider good friends as well)
I was fortunate to meet a mom at a PEP meeting I read about and it was then that I learned of the Diabetes Research Institute. I took an amazing tour of the facility to see what the researchers are studying everyday to find a cure for our kids. Just to know in my young son's lifetime (he's now 4), there may be a cure is all I need to keep going everyday. I truly believe the DRI has the best researchers and they are committed to the possible cure becoming a reality. I am hopeful for a breakthrough in the next 10-15 years.
The DRI staff...they have become my friends. I have worked on many projects with them and we also attend the "Walk for a Cure" every year as well. The staff is amazing and if they asked me to do anything to bring awareness to Type 1, I would do it in a heartbeat. They keep me connected to the new research findings, events and give me hope each and everyday by knowing that we are all working on the same common goal-
A cure!
Lisa- Type 1 mom

1 Muriel2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of getting a private tour thru their facilities. It is amazing all the great things and hard work that go on in here every single day. I'm a "diabetes mom"....and hope for a cure so much. Not only for my child but for so many other patients as well. Finding a cure to diabetes will also, bring us closer to understanding better so many other chronic diseases, and hopefully, cure those as well. Once and for all!!!!!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Our daughter has been a diabetic since the age of 12. She has always been well controlled and rarely has any problems,yet she wanted to learn more about the disease and new inavations in monitoring and delivering her insulin.
She visited DRI and came home with a wealth of imformation and a new way to deliver her insulin without the daily injections. She tells me the staff has helped her tremdously and even tested her children for any sign that they may develope the disease.
These people are truely decicated to finding a cure and I certainly will support their cause in any way that I am able.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An institute dedicated towards finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
Our children deserve to live their childhood.

Noreen

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I support the DRIF because it is singularly focused. Its goal is to provide funding to cure diabetes now. Not tomorrow. Not ten years from now. Today. And when you talk to researchers at the DRI, each one of them seems to genuinely share that same sense of urgency. The scientists I've been fortunate enough to meet there are an inspried, dedicated group of professionals committed to finding a biological cure.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 8 years - at the same time that her Dad was losing his life to melanoma. I remember that my daughter asked me at the time of her diagnosis how long she would have to "keep getting shots". The look on my then 8 year old's face when I told her "for the rest of your life" was heartbreaking to the point tears welled up in my eyes. Then I added, "until the time we find a cure" and I promised her we would find that cure for her during MY lifetime. My husband's death left us without health insurance. I took a part time job with an airline to provide health insurance. (I had three small children to raise - one who had just been diagnosed with a chronic disease). My family also got involved with fundraising and research for the major diabetes organization, JDRF, who is also committed to a cure. But, almost 8 years later and no cure in sight, I am somewhat disappointed in the money being spent on "treatments' for diabetes versus a true "cure". One day, not so long ago, while I was taking calls in our airline's reservations center, a passenger, Lori Weintraub, called to book tickets. When she gave me her email address, the letters in her email server got to me - DRI. For whatever reason, I saw the word "diabetes" and asked her if she was involved in any way with the chronic disease. She was suprised and added that she indeed was affiliated with the Diabetes Research Institute. We talked for a while regarding various research projects on cures and asked me to email her. She emailed me back with so much information regarding the Diabetes Research Institute and what they were doing towards a cure. Treatments are not acceptable to them. Only cures. Lori put the hope back in our lives that because of dedicated researchers at places like the DRI, a cure will be found in MY lifetime! I have begun to be an active member in helping in this process by fundraising and raising awareness of this nonprofit. Thank you Lori and DRI

8 AskManny

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having visited DRI in Miami once, I was very impressed with the way the institute is set up with the goal of finding a cure as its core, resulting in the tearing of inter-departmental barriers to facilitate collaboration internally. Also, it was impressive to learn about the efforts to create a DRI Federation to facilitate collaboration with other research institutions all over the world. They are without a doubt the best hope there is for a cure for diabetes!