10 Things About Stephen S. Korniczky & Diabetes Research Connection


“Ships don’t sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down.”


The mission of Diabetes Research Connection (DRC) is to connect donors with early-career scientists enabling them to perform peer-reviewed, innovative research to prevent and cure type 1 diabetes (T1D), minimize its complications, and improve the quality of life for those living with the disease. Stephen S. Korniczky is Vice-Chair on the Diabetes Research Connection Board of Directors.

#1 I was born and raised in New York City. I earned an engineering degree from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and a law degree from SUNY – Buffalo in upstate New York. After law school, I moved to California and have called it home ever since.


#2 When I was 6 years old, my father packed me, my sister, three brothers and our German Sheppard into a Volkswagen bus for a road trip to Alaska. We spent the summer camping, fishing, hiking and living out of a tent. Alaska has been my favorite travel destination ever since.


#3 In high school, I won the Outstanding Competitor award at the National AAU Junior Olympic Judo Championships.


#4 My father was a single parent. He placed incredible emphasis on getting a good education and instilled in me the idea that I could be anything I wanted to be. Until I had my own son, I do not think I realized how smart my dad was or how much time, love and effort he put into his kids.


#5 I would like to learn to play the guitar and sing at least one karaoke song that does not make people cringe.

#6 We love animals! My son Matthew has been a volunteer with Helen Woodward Animal Center for the past 4 years. We have two Jack Russel Terrier rescues named Bowie and Dixie.


#7 In third grade, my brother and I went to a wonderful summer camp because someone sponsored this opportunity for kids. That experience stuck with me. I think giving back spreads good karma and helps make our community stronger.


#8 Twenty-four years ago, my 9-year-old niece, Lauren, was diagnosed with T1D. Two years ago, my 15-year-old niece, Vivi, was also diagnosed. I have hope that we will find a cure in my lifetime. But, to do so, we have to proactively identify and support promising research.


#9 DRC-funded research projects are thoroughly vetted for scientific merit by a 50-member Scientific Review Committee of senior diabetes researchers from across the country, ensuring a high probability of successful outcomes.


#10 Many of DRC researchers have received follow-on funding of $1 million or more for a 6x return on grants.

Diabetes Research Connection
“Dance for Diabetes”
Saturday, September 30, 2023
5-10 pm
Elliot Ranch in Rancho Sante Fe, CA

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Esteban Villanueva