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The Diabetes Research Institute Honors North America’s Building Trades Unions with the NABTU Regenerative Medicine and CGMP Center

NABTU, a long-time philanthropic partner, has raised more than $75 million since 1984 to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

MIAMI (February 15, 2024) – The Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), a world leader in research focused on finding a cure for type 1 diabetes, and North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), a long-standing and sustaining partner of the DRI, joined forces this week to unveil the NABTU Regenerative Medicine and CGMP Center at the DRI headquarters in Miami.  

NABTU, a consortium of more than three million tradesmen and women across 330 local organizations, has been a steadfast supporter of the DRI since 1984 when, together with DRI leadership, they launched the Blueprint for Cure initiative, an effort aimed at creating pathways of scale across local organizations to raise funds for a cure for type 1 diabetes.

“Through our enduring partnership with the Diabetes Research Institute, we have had the privilege of supporting remarkable progress in the fight against type 1 diabetes,” said Sean McGarvey, President, North America’s Building Trades Unions (pictured above). “The dedication of this new center is an honor that underscores NABTU’s commitment to advancing vital cutting-edge research and finding a cure.”

The building that houses the DRI today was made possible by the generous support of NABTU and its local organizations. Since its inception, the Blueprint for Cure initiative has facilitated annual fundraising drives, including the Highway Holdup, Dollars Against Diabetes (D.A.D.s Day), and Labor of Love. Collectively, these efforts have raised more than $75 million to support diabetes research and innovation.

“We are deeply grateful for the unwavering dedication and generosity of North America’s Building Trades Unions,” said Michael Burton, CEO, Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. “Their continued support has been instrumental in advancing our mission to find a cure for type 1 diabetes, now, and improve the lives of millions worldwide.”

For more information about the Diabetes Research Institute, visit www.diabetesresearch.org.

Photo Caption (left to right):

Top left: Dr. Camillo Ricordi, Chief of the Division of Cellular Transplantation, Department of Surgery and Director Emeritus of the DRI at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Matthias von Herrath, Scientific Director of the DRI and Stacy Joy Goodman Chair at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dean Henri Ford, Dean and Chief Academic Officer, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions, Michael Burton, Chief Executive Officer of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, and Marc Goodman, Former Chairman of the Board, Present member – DRIF National Board.

Top Right: Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions and Dr. Camillo Ricordi, Chief of the Division of Cellular Transplantation, Department of Surgery and Director Emeritus of the DRI at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Middle Left: Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions and Dr. Matthias von Herrath, Scientific Director of the DRI and Stacy Joy Goodman Chair at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Center: Dr. Giacomo Lanzoni and Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions

Middle right: Michael Burton, Chief Executive Officer of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation and Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions.

Bottom left: Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions with NABTU building plaque.

 

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About the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) and Foundation

The Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) and Foundation were created for one reason – to cure diabetes – which is and will continue to be our primary focus until that goal is reached. As one of the largest and most comprehensive research centers dedicated to curing diabetes, the DRI is working to restore natural insulin production and normalize blood sugar levels without imposing other risks. Researchers have already shown that transplanted insulin-producing islet cells allow people with type 1 diabetes to live without the need for insulin injections. Some of the DRI’s islet transplant patients have been free from insulin for more than 15 years. Funding provided by the Foundation is the driving force that allows DRI scientists to pursue new and innovative ideas, and to bring these discoveries to patients. The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is the organization of choice for those who want to Be Part of the Cure. For more information, please visit DiabetesResearch.org or call 800-321-3437.

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