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Happy Holidays

DRC Wishes You A Happy Holiday!

DRC Wishes You A Happy Holidays!


Hello there! We, at DRC, want to take a moment to extend to you a happy holidays! As the season of joy and giving approaches, we are reminded of the importance of gratitude, connection, and the value of sharing these special moments with our loved ones. After all, what is a holiday without joy and laughter, right?

The Significance of Happy Holidays!

The Importance of Unplugging

In this fast-paced, ever-connected world, holidays provide us with a golden opportunity to unplug, relax, and rejuvenate. Can you recall the last time you truly let go of your to-do list and just breathed? Well, holidays allow you to do just that! They let us recharge our batteries, giving us the energy we need to take on future challenges with renewed vigor.

Embracing Cultural Diversity During Holidays

Holidays are also a beautiful representation of our world’s cultural diversity. Isn’t it fascinating how different cultures celebrate the same holiday in myriad ways? It’s like a symphony of traditions, each playing its own unique tune, yet all contributing to the grand melody of unity.

How DRC Celebrates With You

Unique Festivities Across the Globe

At DRC, we believe in celebrating with you, no matter where you are. We understand that every place has its own unique way of spreading holiday cheer. Whether it’s the warm beaches of Australia, the snowy landscapes of Canada, or the vibrant streets of Brazil, we’re with you, cherishing the rich tapestry of global festivities.

Our Role in Making Your Holidays Happier

Our aim is to make your holidays even happier, filled with joy and warmth. From providing top-notch services that make your life easier to creating meaningful experiences that add to your holiday celebrations, we’re here to spread the cheer!

Making Holidays Meaningful

Creating Beautiful Memories

Holidays aren’t just about the moment; they’re about the memories we create, the stories we tell, and the love we share. And at DRC, we’re committed to helping you create beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.

Building Bonds and Connections

Holidays also present a great opportunity to strengthen bonds and build connections. They remind us of the importance of family, friendship, and community. We believe in fostering these connections, bringing people closer together, even if they’re continents apart.

DRC’s Special Holiday Wishes for You

DRC’s Commitment to You

Our commitment to you goes beyond the services we provide. We’re here for you, cheering for your victories, lending a helping hand when needed, and above all, wishing you a holiday season filled with joy, love, and laughter.

Our Holiday Message for You

So, here’s our special holiday wish for you: May your days be merry and bright, your heart full of love, and your life full of laughter. And as you celebrate, remember that you’re not just making a day special; you’re making memories that will warm your heart for years to come.


Holidays are a time of joy, love, and connection. As you embark on your holiday celebrations, remember to savor each moment, create beautiful memories, and cherish the love of your family and friends. From all of us at DRC, we wish you a holiday season filled with happiness, warmth, and many blessings.


1. What does DRC stand for?

DRC stands for the ‘Dream Realization Company’, a fictional company committed to ensuring customer satisfaction and happiness.

2. How does DRC make holidays happier?

DRC aims to make holidays happier by providing top-notch services, creating meaningful experiences, and fostering a sense of community among its customers.

3. What are DRC’s holiday wishes for its customers?

DRC wishes its customers a holiday season filled with joy, love, laughter, and the creation of beautiful memories.

4. What is the importance of holidays according to DRC?

According to DRC, holidays provide an opportunity to unwind, celebrate cultural diversity, create lasting memories, and strengthen bonds and connections.

5. How does DRC celebrate holidays with its customers?

DRC celebrates holidays with its customers by understanding and respecting the unique ways in which different cultures celebrate, and by offering services that add to the holiday cheer.


Dear Supporter,

In consideration of the safety and comfort of our community, and the uncertainty for the effects of COVID-19 and its variant in indoor settings, DRC had to postpone events in 2021.

However, we are thrilled to announce we will be honoring our 10-year anniversary by throwing an epic party for our Dance for Diabetes in 2022. Stay tuned for more details.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership!


Happy Holidays, 

The DRC Team

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Diabetes Research Connection Awards $400,000 to Eight Promising T1D Studies as Nation Observes National Diabetes Month

After rigorous review by DRC’s Scientific Review Committee, eight early-career researchers receive seed funding for their work to find the cause, treatment, and cure for T1D

November 08, 2021 04:25 PM Eastern Standard Time

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Diabetes Research Connection (DRC), a 501(c)(3) that funds research projects conducted by early-career researchers aimed at prevention, cure, and better care for those with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), puts out a call for T1D research in need of seed funding twice a year. After a rigorous review by the DRC Scientific Review Committee (SRC), comprised of T1D experts nationwide, the most promising studies are selected to receive seed funding. The first round of grants for 2021 was recently completed as the nation observes National Diabetes Month. Funds were provided to seven researchers (with an additional study pending contract approvals) totaling a $400,000 investment. Researchers receiving grants include:

“The DRC has filled a niche by providing seed funding to the most promising T1D research being conducted by innovative early-career scientists”

  • Dr. Michael Kalwat – Indiana Biosciences Research Institute
  • Dr. Sudpita Ashe – University California, San Francisco
  • Dr. Balamurugan Dhayalan – Indiana University
  • Dr. Yao Wang – University of California, San Francisco
  • Dr. Yi Wang – University of California, San Francisco
  • Dr. Flavia Pechanha – University of Miami
  • Dr. Madhumita Basu – Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Additional study pending contract approvals

Those selected are conducting a variety of T1D studies, ranging from the role of TSA genes in T1D, to preventing and possibly curing T1D by blocking the autoimmune attack of beta cells. Individuals can view the full summary of projects and donate to the research study of their choice.

Alberto Hayek, M.D., a renowned diabetes expert, former Scientific Director at San Diego’s Scripps Whittier Institute for Diabetes, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at UCSD, and DRC board member, notes how far diabetes research has come since the 1960s. Back then, diabetes in children was often viewed as fatal.

Today, continuous glucose monitoring and loop systems automatically sense how much insulin to inject. However, there is still no known cure to the autoimmune disease which 1.6 million Americans are living with today. View DRC’s “Imagine a World Without T1D” video.

“The DRC has filled a niche by providing seed funding to the most promising T1D research being conducted by innovative early-career scientists,” says Hayek. “From graduate students to junior assistant professors – they all have the ability to compete for funding with DRC – even for ‘high risk’ grants, often overlooked by others, that have potential to forever change views or research on T1D.”

To apply for funding, researchers first submit an LOI to be reviewed by DRC’s SRC. If approved, the applicant is invited to submit a grant application. U.S.-based post-doctoral fellows, professors, and instructors whose research is focused on T1D and have not received NIH funding as a Principal Investigator, are eligible to apply. Once a study has been approved by DRC, donors have the opportunity to support a research project of their choice and interact with the researchers themselves via the DRC website.

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See our approved research projects and campaigns.

Role of the integrated stress response in type 1 diabetes pathogenesis
In individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1D), the insulin-producing beta cells are spontaneously destroyed by their own immune system. The trigger that provokes the immune system to destroy the beta cells is unknown. However, accumulating evidence suggest that signals are perhaps first sent out by the stressed beta cells that eventually attracts the immune cells. Stressed cells adapt different stress mitigation systems as an adaptive response. However, when these adaptive responses go awry, it results in cell death. One of the stress response mechanisms, namely the integrated stress response (ISR) is activated under a variety of stressful stimuli to promote cell survival. However, when ISR is chronically activated, it can be damaging to the cells and can lead to cell death. The role of the ISR in the context of T1D is unknown. Therefore, in this DRC funded study, we propose to study the ISR in the beta cells to determine its role in propagating T1D.
Wearable Skin Fluorescence Imaging Patch for the Detection of Blood Glucose Level on an Engineered Skin Platform
A Potential Second Cure for T1D by Re-Educating the Patient’s Immune System
L Ferreira
Validating the Hypothesis to Cure T1D by Eliminating the Rejection of Cells From Another Person by Farming Beta Cells From a Patient’s Own Stem Cells
Han Zhu
Taming a Particularly Lethal Category of Cells May Reduce/Eliminate the Onset of T1D
JRDwyer 2022 Lab 1
Can the Inhibition of One Specific Body Gene Prevent Type 1 Diabetes?
Is Cholesterol Exacerbating T1D by Reducing the Functionality and Regeneration Ability of Residual Beta Cells?
Regeneration Ability of Residual Beta Cells
A Call to Question… Is T1D Caused by Dysfunctionality of Two Pancreatic Cells (β and α)?
Xin Tong
Novel therapy initiative with potential path to preventing T1D by targeting TWO components of T1D development (autoimmune response and beta-cell survival)
flavia pecanha