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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.

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.

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 mathed924

Board Member

Rating: 5

The DRIF is at the forefront of research into finding the Cure for Type I Diabetes. The organization works with research groups all over the world. If you know anyone with Type 1 Diabetes you know how important it is to find a cure for this incideous disease as soon as possible. If you want a cure, then you need to support the DRIF.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The happiness of parenthood is sharply defined by the health and welfare of our children. The parents of children with diabetes have the constant presence of a monkey on our shoulders, as our children’s moment to moment health can vary without an exact explanation as to why the change is happening. Parents of children newly diagnosed with Type I diabetes are caught in a whirlwind of fear, disbelief, and unanswerable questions. The members of the PEP Squad of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation have walked in their shoes, so we reach out to them to make this new road a little smoother to travel. We are there to give support, answer seemingly “silly” questions, and give them reassurance about their children’s futures. We hope that we can make them feel a little less alone at what is one of the most difficult times faced by parents – the diagnosis of Type I diabetes in a child!

Crystal S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

After my 5 year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes I did not know where to turn. After researching I found the DRI in our own backyard and found hope for Matthew! Upon touring the DRI, I was so impressed with the medical advances and the dedication of Dr. Ricordi's team, we joined the DRI Foundation and have not looked back since. As the mother of a child with Type 1, I will not give up until there is a cure. After 6 years we still have complete faith that the DRI will find a cure in the near future.