awards research grant
October 13, 2014 | Last Modified: October 13, 2014 01:05AM
Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) Foundation has recently been awarded a $5,000
grant from the Petit Family Foundation to advance the development of the DRI BioHub, a bioengineered mini organ that mimics the native
pancreas. The DRI BioHub contains thousands of
insulin-producing cells that sense blood sugar levels and release the precise
amount of insulin needed—in real time.
believe our mission of finding a cure for diabetes embodies the same values
held dear by the Petit Family Foundation, and that’s why we are particularly
honored to receive such a generous and meaningful gift,” stated Joshua W. Rednik, president and CEO of the Diabetes Research
components that comprise the BioHub are in various
stages of development and testing with pre-clinical trials currently underway.
Recently, the DRI received FDA approval to proceed with a Phase I/II clinical
trial that will test the omentum —an apron-like
lining inside the abdomen — as a possible transplant site in the body for
the DRI BioHub.
Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is the organization of choice for those
who are serious, passionate and committed to curing diabetes. Its mission
— to provide the Diabetes Research Institute with the funding necessary
to cure diabetes now — is a testament to the belief that tomorrow is not
soon enough to cure those living with diabetes.
Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of
Medicine leads the world in cure-focused research. As the largest and most
comprehensive research center dedicated to curing diabetes, the DRI is
aggressively working to develop a biological cure by restoring natural insulin
production and normalizing blood sugar levels without imposing other risks. The
Institute is now developing the DRI BioHub, an
integrated “mini organ” that mimics the native pancreas and restores natural
insulin production. Created for one reason – to cure diabetes, the
Diabetes Research Institute is the best hope for a cure. For more information,
please visit DiabetesResearch.org or call (800) 321-3437.
The Petit Family Foundation of Plainville honors the memories of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, Hayley Elizabeth Petit and Michaela Rose Petit by continuing the kindness, idealism and activism that defined their lives. The foundation’s funds are given to foster the education of young people, especially women in the sciences; to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses; and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence.