About FDR

The Foundation for Diabetes Research (FDR) was founded in July 1999 by families in Morris, Sussex, Essex, and Union counties. The mission of the organization is to fund research to find a cure for Type I diabetes. A committee comprised of members of our medical and scientific community and lay members review grants and give their opinions to fund certain grants to the Board of Directors.

Our goal is to be “Angel Funders” that have the ability to grant smaller projects with merit so that these grants may have a chance of attracting recognition from organizations such as the National Institute of Health (NIH).

In the past two decades, because of the extraordinary people who raise funds on our behalf, we have been able to fund over $7 million in diabetes research.

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Governing Bodies

 2019-2020 Foundation for Diabetes Research Governing Bodies

Executive Board

  • President (through 2019) & Grant Committee Co-Chair: Michael Wallock*
  • President-Elect: Nancy Rosenfield
  • VP Corporate Outreach: Brian Hendry
  • VP Membership & Outreach: Susan Baron
  • VP Membership & Outreach: Regina Hanna
  • VP Business Operations: Nurit Gans*
  • Treasurer: Darryl Novak
  • Grant Committee Co-Chair: Audrey Wallock

Board of Trustees

  • Sheila Appel
  • David Bleich, MD
  • Maria Breslin
  • Michael Davis
  • Sydney Davis
  • Jeffrey Dollinger
  • Fern Gartenhaus
  • Leonard Gerstle
  • Reesa Greenwald*
  • Jeri Karpen
  • David Kay*
  • Felicia Levy
  • Shelly Meister
  • Julie-Ann Miller
  • Susan Nicoll
  • Nicole Pilek
  • Ofer Steinberg
  • Marj Steinfeld
  • Margaret Szura
  • Lori Taylor
  • Kyle Weisholtz
  • Roseann Wexler

Grant Review Committee

  • Michael Wallock – Co-Chair
  • Audrey Wallock – Co-Chair
  • Susan Baron
  • David Bleich, MD
  • Michael Davis
  • Nurit Gans
  • Regina Hanna
  • Brian Hendry
  • Gary Meininger
  • Shelly Meister
  • Neil Pearl
  • Teresa Naing
  • Dr. Sridhar Nambi

*Past President

Current Grants

Since our inception in 1999, the Foundation for Diabetes Research (FDR) has raised over $7 million to support cutting-edge diabetes research. FDR is currently funding 2 large, multi-year grants from top diabetes researchers whose work may lead to future advances and therapies for type 1 diabetes. These grants include funding (1) an insulinoma biorepository, which is a frozen tissue bank of rare, often benign tumors of pancreatic beta cells which overproduce insulin (Dr Andy Stewart, Mt Sinai Hospital, NYC), and (2) the study of how to protect and improve the survival of transplanted beta cells (Dr Qizhi Tang, University of California at San Francisco; funding in partnership with the American Diabetes Association).

Background:

  1. Dr. Howard Davidson of the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes has received an FDR grant to fund research of immune changes in the honeymoon period at the single cell level. Such tumors may provide insights into how beta cells replicate and may, among other potential possibilities, provide drug targets for future therapies aimed at increasing beta cell numbers. The current paucity of validated mechanistic biomarkers is a major impediment to satisfying this critical need. Robust markers that can be used clinically to optimize patient selection, and to provide real time measures of efficacy, or predict outcomes, would likely increase the success rate of future clinical trials. This is particularly important given the growing appreciation that T1D is much more heterogenous than was previously realized, and consequent appreciation that once disease is established a “one size fits all” strategy may not work.This research is aligned with FDR’s mission to fund research aimed towards eventually finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

Volunteer

How can I volunteer and help FDR fund research to find a cure for diabetes?

  • Join our Spring Walk committee
  • Join our Harvest for Hope Fall Fashion Show Committee
  • Join one of our future event committees
  • Help at the FDR Office in Livingston

Babysitting

If there are any teens with diabetes who would like to baby-sit for families with young kids with diabetes, please let us know by sending an E-mail to [email protected] or by calling (973) 994-1972.

Contact us and we will be glad to let you know how you can make a difference.

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