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Diabetes Research Institute Unites with Global Diabetes Community to Recognize World Diabetes Day

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 General News J E 4
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MIAMI, Nov. 14 The Diabetes Research Instituteat the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is joining theInternational Diabetes Federation, the United Nations and thousands ofconcerned people around the world to recognize World Diabetes Day onWednesday, November 14, 2007, and to help raise awareness about thisdevastating disease.

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The Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), a world leader in cure-focusedresearch, is urging concerned people everywhere to share in the responsibilityto cure those now living with diabetes. The World Diabetes Day message couldnot be more appropriate for the DRI, whose commitment to curing type 1diabetes by collaborating with other leading scientists worldwide is centralto its research philosophy.

"Everyone has a part to play in the eradication of this worldwidedisease," notes Camillo Ricordi, M.D., scientific director of the DiabetesResearch Institute. "Diabetes is creeping into the homes of more and morepeople, causing complications and shortening lifespans of both children andadults. It is a complex and still unconquered disease that deserves to bemoved to the front of public awareness so we can apply all science has towardsfinding a definitive cure as quickly as possible."

In honor of World Diabetes Day, Dr. Ricordi is asking people around theworld to join the fight against diabetes and help the millions of children andadults who face this daily battle. To view his message, please visitwww.DiabetesResearch.org.

Diabetes affects 246 million people worldwide, including more than 21million in the United States. In December of 2006, the United Nations passed alandmark Resolution recognizing diabetes as a chronic, debilitating and costlydisease. The Resolution designates World Diabetes Day as a United Nations Dayto be observed every year starting in 2007.

This year's World Diabetes Day aims the spotlight on children andadolescents suffering with type 1 diabetes, the most severe form of thedisease in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys theinsulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Without the ability to naturallyproduce this vital hormone, patients must take daily, multiple insulininjections to maintain normal blood glucose levels.

In many parts of the world, insulin and other necessary medical suppliesfor optimal diabetes management are not available. Consequently, countlessnumbers of children die unnecessarily from diabetes. Additionally, the longera person lives with diabetes the higher is his/her risk for developingcrippling complications, such as kidney disease, nerve damage, blindness,amputation of extremities, heart disease and stroke, among other devastatingailments.

The discovery of a universal cure for diabetes will save billions ofdollars and, more importantly, spare millions of people from immeasurable painand suffering. The Diabetes Research Institute is committed to fulfilling thismission for all people living with this disease.

About the Diabetes Research Institute

The Diabetes Research Institute, a center of excellence at the Universityof Miami Miller School of Medicine, is a recognized world leader in cure-focused research. Since its inception in the early 1970s, the DRI has madesignificant contributions to the field of diabetes research, pioneering manyof the techniques used in islet transplantation. From innovations in isletisolation and transplant procedures to advances in cell biology andimmunology, the DRI is now developing new cell-based therapies to restoreinsulin production. For the millions of families already affected by diabeteswho are looking to the world of science for answers, the Diabetes ResearchInstitute is the best hope for a cure. To learn more, visitwww.DiabetesResearch.org or call 800-321-3437.

SOURCE The Diabetes Resear
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