About FDR
The Foundation for Diabetes Research was founded in July 1999 by former members of the North Jersey Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
The mission of the Foundation for Diabetes Research is to support research aimed at a cure for diabetes and prevention of its severe complications. Research programs will be selected by a peer review process.
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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).


  1. Andy Stewart has received an FDR grant to fund research of an insulinoma biorepository, ie a frozen tissue bank of rare, often benign tumors of pancreatic beta cells which overproduce insulin. 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. This research is aligned with FDR’s mission to fund research aimed towards eventually finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Given the rarity of insulinomas, Dr Stewart’s grant proposes to amass and maintain a large biorepository of these tumors in order to provide reproducible scientific insights.
  2. Dr Qizhi Tang has received an FDR grant (in partnership with the American Diabetes Association) to fund research to better understand why more than 60% of human transplanted beta cells die within a short period of time after being transplanted, making both the transplant of these beta cells inefficient and reducing the pool of available beta cells for other patients. Dr. Tang’s research aims to learn how to protect beta cells from peri-transplant stress induced cell death. Her research, for which she has preliminary data, is focused on 2 key areas to improve beta cell survival, ie conditioning of beta cells for reduced oxygen and nutrients in the peri-transplant period.
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Please print this form, make check payable to “FDR” and mail to:

The Foundation for Diabetes Research
513 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Suite 220
Livingston, NJ 07039

Or, pay through PayPal or credit card below.

FDR is a non-profit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Membership Level

Your donation will go a long way toward making life better for those with diabetes. Please join our fund raising efforts to help the 16 million people who suffer with this disease.

E-mail The Foundation for Diabetes Research if you would like to be added to the mailing list.


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

  • Join our Fashion Show committee
  • Join our Spring Walk committee
  • Join our Fashion Show committee
  • Join one of our future event committees
  • Help with mailings
  • Help in the office


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.

Event Dates

  • 6th Annual Rollerskating Event
    Florham Park Roller Rink, Florham Park, NJ
    Sunday, March 26, 2017 6pm-8pm
  • 1st Annual Bowling Event
    Hanover Lanes, East Hanover, NJ
    Saturday, April 1, 2017 7pm-9:30pm
  • Education Meeting
    St. Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center, Livingston, NJ
    Tuesday, May 9, 2017 7pm
  • 27th Annual Golf Classic
    Mountain Ridge Country Club, West Caldwell, NJ
    Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • “Harvest for Hope” event
    The Grove, Cedar Grove, NJ
    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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

FDR is happy to offer Tribute Cards. They come in packages of 5 for $25.00 and 12 for $50.00. We have cards “In honor of…” and “In memory of …” and cards that are blank inside. Or you can make a donation to FDR in an amount of your choice and a tribute card will be sent in acknowledgement. Please contact our office to purchase your tribute cards.

Phone: (973) 994-1972 or by email: [email protected]. We only accept credit card transactions for purchases over $25.

Call the office or download order forms here (.pdf format) for individual cards or packets of cards to send out from home.

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For Special Occasions

Inside of card: “A contribution has been made to the Foundation for Diabetes Research In honor of — By –.

To Acknowledge a Loss

Inside of card: “A contribution has been made to the Foundation for Diabetes Research In memory of — By –.

Blank cards (two designs available – please specify)

Write your own personal message.

Governing Bodies
2016-2017 Foundation for Diabetes Research Governing Bodies

Executive Board

  • President: Barry Zamore
  • Grant Chair, President Elect: Gary Meininger, MD
  • Grant Chair Elect, VP Technology: Lauren Nakachi
  • Vice President Membership: Susan Baron
  • Vice Presidents Fundraising: Diane Bakst & Nancy Rosenfield
  • Vice President Outreach: Lynel Katz
  • Vice President Corporate Outreach: Brian Hendry
  • Vice President Business Operations/Digital Media: Nurit Gans*
  • Treasurer: Darryl Novak
  • Secretary: Karen Parker*
  • Chairperson: Amy Klein*
  • Member Emeritus: Michael Davis*

Board of Trustees

  • Lucia Ammerata
  • Sheila Appel
  • David Bleich, MD
  • John Caruso
  • Sydney Davis
  • Jeffrey Dollinger
  • Jeff Feldman
  • Carrie Gelman
  • Reese Greenwald*
  • Regina Hanna
  • Heather Hopkins
  • Jeri Karpen
  • Cynthia Kirchner
  • Stephanie Meininger
  • Shelly Meister
  • Julie-Ann Miller
  • Susan Nicoll
  • Abby Oringer
  • Michael Oringer
  • Nicole Pilek
  • Marj Steinfeld
  • Lori Taylor
  • Audrey Wallock
  • Michael Wallock*
  • Kyle Weisholtz
  • Naomi Yablon
  • Alyssa Pearl-Zudkevitch

Board of Advisors

  • Martin Bearg
  • Maria Breslin
  • Kim Decker
  • Fern Gartenhaus
  • Doris Gelvan
  • Harold Goldring
  • Lisa Hendel
  • Michael Karpen
  • Ethelinda Katz
  • Jeffrey Katz
  • David Kay*
  • Howard Lerner
  • Jill Lerner
  • Josh Lisser
  • Lisa Lisser
  • Ira Meister
  • Natalie Olstein
  • Neil Pearl
  • Sandie Pearl
  • Elaine Reichel
  • Stan Reichel
  • Carol Rifkin
  • Alyce Satsky
  • Monroe Satsky
  • Cissy Sherman
  • Susan Appel-Solomon
  • Margaret Szura
  • Tanya Tabak
  • Rose Valentine
  • Steve Warbet
  • Roseanne Wexler

Grant Review Committee

  • Gary Meininger, MD – Chairman
  • Lauren Nakachi – Chair Elect
  • Diane Bakst
  • Susan Baron
  • David Leich, MD
  • Michael Davis*
  • Nurit Gans*
  • Brian Hendry
  • Shelly Meister
  • Neil Pearl
  • Elaine Reichel
  • David Rosenfield
  • Audrey Wallock
  • Michael Wallock*
  • Barry Zamore

*Past President