Chris Fraker, Ph.D.

Chris Fraker

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a few weeks before my 16th birthday.  Today, 26 years later, I’m starting to develop low-level complications and my two daughters have the markers for the disease.  So, as you can imagine, I’m driven to find a cure – for everyone affected by type 1.

I’m part of the Biomedical and Tissue Engineering team at the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) – a place I truly believe to be the best hope for a cure.  Early in my career, I was involved in more treatment-based work, but I knew that was never going to lead to a true cure.  I found the cellular-based therapy work being done at the DRI fascinating.

I meet so many families who tour our facility.  When I see the parents come in and see their eyes well up with tears, I understand that it’s not just about the patient.  And I want to take that worry and fear away from them and give them this gift.  I want to say to them, “It’s over.  You can sleep easy and sleep through the whole night.  Your child is going to be okay and wake up tomorrow just fine.”

Now that I’ve been at the Institute for 15 years, there’s a simple reason I’m still here.  Everyone at the DRI and at the DRI Foundation is committed to finding a cure. It’s a remarkable place.

Learn more about the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine>


  1. kristi says:

    I, as the parent of a diabetic 8 yr old, Can never thank all of you enough for trying to make life better for these little guys. You are all greatly appreciated and give us hope 🙂

  2. maria taccia says:

    i become diabetic in 1997,at age of diabete is really difficult to cure and my blood glucose has arrived to 600 and more.I use insulin 4 times a day.what can i do to have a normal life?

  3. Julie Voth says:

    Your work is an inspiration and hope for all T1D patients. My son with T1D wants to be just like you when he grows up. He studying really hard in science. Thanks for showing other T1Ds they can be part of the research for the cure.

  4. quiero saber como le hago para que atiendan ami hijo eugenio de 5 años de edad con diabetes tipo 1

  5. Carla (DC) says:

    You can be sure that we are all with you in the fight against Diabetes.

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