A world leader in diabetes treatment and research, Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard is dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and ensuring that people with diabetes live long, healthy lives. The center’s 50-Year Medal Program recognizes individuals who have lived with insulin-dependent diabetes for 50 years or more. Joslin’s Medalist program is pursuing innovative pathways of discovery to prevent, treat and cure Type 1 diabetes in patients who have managed the disease for decades.
Pancreatic and other tissues from long-term survivors help researchers understand what factors might make those patients more resistant than others to the ravages of diabetes. NDRI’s Private Donor Program obtains consent for post-mortem tissue donations from Medalists. We maintain donor details in secure registries at our location and Joslin, and we coordinate the recovery of these biospecimens to support and advance diabetes research.