As an organization founded and driven by individuals and families personally effected by type 1 diabetes, Breakthrough T1D understands that the most effective and powerful means of disseminating, and relating, information is still person-to-person and volunteer-to-volunteer.  The Research Information Volunteer (RIV) program is founded on this basic principle.  The job of a Breakthrough T1D RIV is to tell the Breakthrough T1D story; to communicate not just a string of disjointed research facts, but a relevant narrative that describes the science, Breakthrough T1D’s research priorities, challenges, programs, and progress within a framework that helps integrate the pieces into an easily understood and exciting whole.

RIVs are educated about the state of diabetes research science, Breakthrough T1D’s Research strategic plan, priorities, challenges, and needs, and Breakthrough T1D’s progress and successes. They participate in monthly calls and periodic Research Town Hall calls as well as have access to Breakthrough T1D intranet materials, slide presentations and other Breakthrough T1D communication materials.

To contact an RIV or if you would like to ask an RIV to attend one of your events, click here.

Current Research Information Volunteers:

John Lyons, Chief RIV
Mark Kacher
Malissa Sarver
Dr. Russ Vester