Borough President Carrion Recognizes Einstein Researchers on World Diabetes Day

Members of the Diabetes Research Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University proudly display the special proclamation they received from Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion on World Diabetes Day, Wednesday, November 14, 2007. The proclamation recognizes the research and clinical efforts made by Einstein's notable diabetes researchers on behalf of members of the Bronx community. Pictured are: (from left, standing) Dr. Norman Fleischer, Barkey professor of medicine and co-director of Einstein's Diabetes Research and Training Center, and Dr. Harry Shamoon, associate dean for clinical and translational research and professor of medicine at Einstein; and (seated) health educators Emelinda Blanco and Giovanna Calderon, flanking Dr. Elizabeth Walker, professor of medicine and of epidemiology and population health.

November 26, 2007 - (BRONX, NY) -On World Diabetes Day, November 14, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion issued a special proclamation recognizing the notable efforts of diabetes researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. In addition to acknowledging the special day that has been established by the United Nations and World Health Organization to raise greater awareness of diabetes worldwide, Mr. Carrion heralded the impact that the work of researchers at Einstein's Diabetes Research Center have had on the local community.

For over 30 years, Einstein's Diabetes Research Center has been recognized as a center of excellence by the National Institutes of Health. The Center's scientists conduct studies to improve understanding of the causes of diabetes and its complications, to identify targets for more effective treatments, to promote diabetes self management for improved control, and to prevent the disease, particularly in minority and underserved populations.

For example, Dr. Elizabeth A. Walker, professor of medicine and of epidemiology and population health at Einstein, recently received a 5-year $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to evaluate a telephone-based health education intervention to improve diabetes control for individuals in the Bronx. This study is in collaboration with the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). The study was made possible because the DOHMH recently developed a hemoglobin A1C Registry for all of New York City. (A1C is measured in the blood to determine the blood sugar control for those with diabetes; health professionals recommend an A1C level of less than 7% for most people with diabetes, to improve health outcomes). For this research, the registry will track A1C levels of individuals with diabetes who agree to participate in Dr. Walker's study, to determine whether they benefit from a telephone-based health education intervention to reduce their A1C levels.

On World Diabetes Day it was noted that diabetes has reached epidemic proportions - the first time in history that a non-infectious disease has been seen as a serious global health threat. There are currently 246 million people around the world living with diabetes; 21 million are in the U.S. According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Bronx has the highest rate of diabetes among the City's five boroughs. Many more people are at risk for diabetes -- and are unaware of this risk to their health. To learn more about World Diabetes Day, visit the website www.worlddiabetesday.org/; to learn more about diabetes, its symptoms and related complications, visit the National Diabetes Education Program website at www.ndep.nih.gov or the American Diabetes Association website at www.diabetes.org; and to learn more about the work of Einstein's diabetes researchers, visit http://www.aecom.yu.edu/Diabetes/page.aspx.