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Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, Inc.

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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.

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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.

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Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation for years. The faculty and staff are knowledgeable, passionate and committed to finding a cure for diabetes. I'm proud to be a part of this organization and look forward to continue volunteering .



Rating: 5

As a person with Type 1 diabetes, I have been waiting 27 years for a cure. And I'm doing everything I possibly can to stay healthy until that happens. I don't know when it will come, but I have to believe that it will, hopefully in my lifetime. It seems to me that the DRI Institute is blazing a trail with determination to hand me and millions of others like me, the golden prize....a cure. They continue to forge ahead, to keep going until they achieve that end and to me, that is what it will take to some day eliminate this terrible condition that affects so many of us. I'm watching them closely and keeping a hopeful thought that perhaps my life will change forever.


Rating: 5

When my daughter was diagnosed with type one diabetes we wanted to find a cure . The people at DRI made us feel confident that would happen one day and I still have faith 25 years later . I have seen the progress over the years. I know the some of the scientist personally I know they are dedicated to finding a cure. I love seeing the mice and the microscopes and how the DRI has grown.
I love all the other good people I have meet who have the same goal as I do. Finding a cure for type one diabetes.



Rating: 5

My first experience with the DRI/DRIF was when I met Lori W. through email. Not only did she seem to care about my family, she made continued efforts to see how I was handling all of the emotional changes I was going through. Our "online" friendship turned into one of the best experiences of my life! I felt like I was part of her extented family and that I could always turn to her when I needed to... I will always be greatful for that! I decided that this new "family" was who I wanted to be affiliated with and decided to make the DRI our charity with our fundraising efforts. Since touring the DRI this May, it sealed the deal with whom I would be giving my money from our walk until a cure is found. The visit was the first time I felt any hope since Zach was diagnosed and I am honored to be a part of this wonderful new family!



Rating: 4

As a research volunteer I was involved in a few programs that assisted scientists studying the effects of diabetes know just how brittle a female who has had the disease since the age of 3 1/2 years old can be. I am 47 now and have helped by giving time and information to the researchers to improve products for those suffering with the disease. My family also was involved with raising money for this organization when I was growing up as well as starting an original chapter that began this foundation in North Miami Beach Florida. Later my Mom gave both time and money when she remarried and my Dad gave time and continues to try to help me live as productive and healthy a life as possible with the disease at this point. Please know for those who can do it with the disease it takes much effort on the part of parents and the medical community as well as the child who must learn to cope with all kinds of situations on their own. It takes so much that all we can ask for is help from the community to try to combat this disease and make it better for all.