Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center Officially Opens Its Doors

After six years of hard work, the ribbon has officially been cut and the doors to the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center have opened, ready to take the next step in our journey to find a cure.

Eagles from across the United States and Canada gathered in Iowa City to celebrate the occasion. Dignitaries from the F.O.E. and the University of Iowa officially cut the ribbon Friday afternoon outside of the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building, where the DRC occupies 1.5 floors.

Doctors and researchers lined the floor of the DRC early Saturday morning as waves of Eagles shuttled in to tour the facility and take photos commemorating the visit. Guests had the opportunity to see the various offices and meeting rooms bearing the names of the States/Provinces, Regions and Conferences responsible for playing key roles in the funding of the DRC.

Large displays in the lobby and on each end of the building’s third floor recognized the Ladies’ Auxiliary and the Eagles as a whole for their efforts in making the state-of-the-art center possible.

Upon the conclusion of the guided tours, guests were directed to the Conference Center within the Coralville Marriott Hotel to officially dedicate the DRC. University of Iowa leaders including President Sally Mason, University of Iowa Foundation President & CEO Lynette Marshall, Vice President of Medical Affairs Jean Robillard and DRC Director E. Dale Abel addressed the crowd, sharing their gratitude for the Eagles’ gift and reinforcing their faith in the DRC’s ability to take diabetes research to unforeseen heights.

The University surprised attendees with a special message from NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw, a former Iowa student, who praised the Eagles for their commitment to being at the forefront of the fight against diabetes.

Grand Worthy President Bud Haigh and Grand Madam President Gloria Mason took the podium to thank brothers and sisters for their efforts and encourage those throughout the organization to continue to work toward reaching our dream of finding a cure. Additional speakers included DRC Co-Directors Tom McGrath and Jean Kerr, DRC spokesperson Julie Knight and entertainers Tom Parks and Tony Orlando.

In the coming weeks, more research efforts funded by the DRC will continue to migrate from their previous campus homes into the Biomedical Discovery Building, finally bringing all related research efforts under one roof.

Exactly 60 months after a $25 million promise was made inside the walls of Louisville’s Galt House Hotel, the doors to The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center have officially opened, realizing the dream of an organization and forever changing the world.

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UI To Dedicate New Diabetes Research Center, Cedar Rapids Gazette, August 23

IOWA CITY — Dignitaries from University of Iowa President Sally Mason to Tony Orlando — a 1970s entertainer best known for songs like “Knock Three Times” — will be on hand Saturday morning to dedicate the university’s new state-of-the-art diabetes research center.

The new Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center includes 20,000 square feet of “advanced research space with cutting-edge medical equipment.” It was enabled through a $25 million gift from the Fraternal Order of Eagles and will allow researchers to pursue innovative treatments and cures for diabetes, which affects more than 9 percent of Americans.

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New UI Research Center Aims to Fight Diabetes, Iowa City Press-Citizen, August 19

Researchers in Iowa City hope to be one step closer to curing diabetes with the official opening of the University of Iowa Diabetes Research Center slated for this weekend.

The center’s director, Dr. E. Dale Abel, said multiple pilot programs have been in the works for three years or more aimed at treating and curing diabetes. Among them are research on glucose production, natural treatments for diabetic nerve disease and the drug FGF21, which Abel said has potent antidiabetic effects that may be used as treatment in the next three years.

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Visionary New Diabetes Research Center to Open at UI Radio Iowa, August 22

A new research center will be dedicated this weekend at the University of Iowa which promises to be innovative in its goal of finding treatments and a cure for diabetes, an epidemic that afflicts one in every 12 Iowans.

The center’s director, Dr. Dale Abel, says there will be 15 separate labs in the single facility that will all be working independently — yet together.

It is very broad-based,” Dr. Abel says. “It really runs the spectrum from fundamental science and discovery at the level of molecules and genes and so forth all the way up to studies across populations. So, it really goes, as we say, from bench to bedside and hopefully, back to the bench as well.” 

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University of Iowa Celebrates the Dedication of the FOE DRC, PRWeb, August 25

The University of Iowa celebrated the dedication of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center (FOE DRC) on Saturday, August 23, 2014. The new facility, featuring 20,000 square feet of research space with the most advanced medical technology available, will allow the FOE DRC, with its 100 researchers, to pursue innovative diabetes research and find treatments and cures for the epidemic that affects more than 9 percent of the American population.

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Singer Tony Orlando to Help Open UI Diabetes Research Center, Radio Iowa, August 22

A singing superstar from the 1970s will be among the dignitaries in Iowa City tomorrow  for the dedication of a new diabetes research center at the University of Iowa.

Tony Orlando is a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, which raised $25-million for the high-tech facility.

In a phone interview with Radio Iowa from his home in Branson, Missouri, Orlando was asked if any members of his family had diabetes.

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University of Iowa Opens New Diabetes Research Facility, KCRG, August 23

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The University of Iowa has opened a new research lab for Diabetes. University officials including President Sally Mason cut the ribbon to the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center on Friday, August 22.

The 20,000 square foot facility holds advanced research space and medical equipment. The University of Iowa says 100 researchers will work in the space to find treatments and cures for Diabetes.

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Grand Opening Photos (FOE)

Grand Opening Photos (Iowa)

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