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Why Support our Research

The prevalence of diabetes has increased rapidly in the last few years and the costs associated with treating the disease complications constitute an enormous economic burden in the United States. To put it in numbers, there are currently more than 30 million Americans living with diabetes and 90 million with pre-diabetes. The total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in 2012 is $245 billion, including $176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in reduced productivity.

Although the disease may manifest itself under various types, all forms of diabetes, including the most commonly occurring in the general population—type 1 and type 2 diabetes, are caused by a reduction in the number and/or the function of insulin-producing cells. There is a clear consensus among scientists and clinicians that restoration of lost functional insulin-secreting cells would reverse the disease and halt its devastating complications. Tremendous efforts have been made in finding innovative ways to generate insulin-producing cells and the scientific community acknowledges that we are closer to make these breakthrough discoveries impactful—clinically speaking. In our fight to counter diabetes, the more experiments we conduct, the more likely and sooner we will beat it.

We, at the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, are committed to excellence in diabetes translational research and innovation to gap the bridge between the research and the clinic. But we need the support of individuals and organizations that share our belief of a future without diabetes. Performing experiments which address the new questions raised by the wisdom of the crowd is crucial to achieve our goal to prevent and/or cure diabetes. The research, however, requires tremendous amount of resources to obtain access to advanced technologies, to acquire laboratory supplies, to generate disease models and to train young scientists. We have gratefully received an initial funding to initiate our research. We need your help to create new sources—to sustain and expand our studies.

We hope you’ll join us in our efforts and make a contribution to support our mission!

Cost of Research

Tubes for DNA amplification
$63Tubes for DNA amplification
Case of culture media to grow cells
$353Case of culture media to grow cells
One month of housing and care for mouse models of diabetes
$2,500One month of housing and care for mouse models of diabetes
Monitoring blood glucose and insulin levels in diabetic mice for one month
$2,551Monitoring blood glucose and insulin levels in diabetic mice for one month
Ultra low-temperature freezer
$ 7,500Ultra low-temperature freezer
Graduate student fellowship
$ 43,831Graduate student fellowship
Light-sheet microscope
$600,000Light-sheet microscope

How to Help

We thank you for your interest in supporting our research at the Child Health Institute of New Jersey. There are many ways you can contribute to our mission. You can make a one-time donation to support our laboratory/institute to acquire reagents and small equipments, or make recurring donations to sponsor graduate student fellowships or help us to gain access to new technologies. To learn more about our funding priorities and other ways you can help, please contact the Principal Investigator and the Director of Development:

Abdelfattah El Ouaamari

Principal Investigator
Child Health Institute of New Jersey
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Rutgers University

89 French Street, Office: 3270
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Phone: (+1) 732-235-8460
Mobile: (+1) 617-682-6484
abdelfattah.elouaamari@rutgers.edu

Brittany Barkow

Director of Development
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Rutgers University Foundation

120 Albany Street Plaza, Suite 305
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Phone: (+1) 848-932-7769
Mobile: (+1) 336-327-8622
brittany.barkow@ruf.rutgers.edu

We hope you’ll join us in our efforts and make a contribution to support our mission!

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