DRIF & Insulin Nation Team Up to Bring Research News to Diabetes Community

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Hollywood, FL – September 20, 2012 – The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation and Insulin Nation, the first all-digital, interactive diabetes publication, are partnering to bring news about research toward a cure to the millions now living with this disease. Beginning this month, Insulin Nation will include an ongoing feature titled “Cure Insight” that highlights the cure-focused research underway at the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Miami and its team of researchers that is at the forefront of this pioneering work. The first article, “Inside the Hope Factory,” profiles the DRI’s scientific director, Camillo Ricordi, M.D., and his strategy for curing a disease that he has dedicated his life to conquering. The September issue, which is planned for distribution on September 24, can be accessed at App editions are available via Apple iTunes and Google Play.

Dr. Camillo Ricordi (center), with Insulin Nation writer Bob Benchley (left) and Editor-in-Chief Chris Leach during their visit to the Diabetes Research Institute.

“We are very excited about collaborating with the DRI and sharing all of the wonderful research going on in its labs,” said Christopher Leach, editor-in-chief of Insulin Nation. “Most of our readers live with type 1 diabetes and they are eager to learn the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ about the science that will lead to a biological cure. Our challenge is to make it understandable for them. We will be able to do that by presenting the information through the eyes of the very people at the forefront of this work.” 

Launched early in 2012, Insulin Nation presents stories and videos about people using technology and the information it presents to live better with their diabetes.  Leach sees a lack of information in diabetes media about the research being done to cure this disease and his goal is to close this gap.

Dr. Chris Fraker, the focus of the next DRI feature in Insulin Nation, speaks with Chris Leach and Bob Benchley.

“The DRI’s reputation and position as a leader in the scientific world is unmatched and we could think of no better organization with which we could partner to provide this information. Having recently visited the Institute and met many of its scientists, we are even more excited to share the incredible progress that’s being made,” continued Leach.

“We commend Insulin Nation for recognizing the need to educate and inform those living with diabetes about the research underway to discover a cure and how far we’ve  come toward realizing this goal,” said Robert A. Pearlman, president and CEO of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, the non-profit organization that is solely committed to funding the Institute’s research. “As a pioneer in developing a digital diabetes platform for smartphone, tablet and web readers, Insulin Nation has selected a pioneer in cure-focused diabetes research as its partner in this effort. We could not be more pleased and excited to move forward together.”

Dr. Midhat Abdulreda shows Chris Leach what the “Living Window” can reveal.

Additional information about the Diabetes Research Institute can be found at

About the Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation 
The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) is the organization of choice for those who are serious, passionate and committed to curing diabetes. Its mission is to provide the Diabetes Research Institute with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now.

The 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 shrink the timeline toward the discovery of a biological cure for this disease.  Having already shown that diabetes can be reversed through islet transplantation, the DRI is building upon these promising outcomes by bridging cell-based therapies with emerging technologies. The Diabetes Research Institute was created for one reason – to cure diabetes – which is and will continue to be its singular focus until that goal is reached. For the millions of people affected by diabetes, the DRI is the best hope for a cure. For more information, visit

Chris Leach and Bob Benchley speak with Dr. Antonello Pileggi in his lab.

About Insulin Nation 
Insulin Nation is part of a digital platform helping people with diabetes who use insulin therapy to manage their condition and live without limits. Launched in early 2012, the digital magazine will publish 7 issues this year, and 8 in 2013.  Subscriptions are free with email address registration and are available in both Web ( and App versions through Apple’s iTunes and Google Play. 

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