Congenital Hyperinsulinism International

November 2, 2019: The 2019 Sugar Soirée


2019 CHI Sugar Soiree

The 2019 Sugar Soirée

The 2019 Sugar Soirée will take place on Saturday evening, November 2, 2019 at the the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. We are thrilled that Tony Dokoupil, co-host of CBS This Morning, will be our host. The Sugar Soirée is CHI’s premier annual awareness and fundraising event.

A limited block of rooms has been set aside at a special rate for the Sugar Soirée at the Sonesta Phildelphia Rittenhouse Square, 1800 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19103.

You can make a reservation through this link:
Sonesta Hotel Reservations (before October 5, 2019).

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

CHI Announces HIHA Grant Award of $70,000

CHI's 2019 HIHA Grant has been awarded!

For immediate release: May 20, 2019

Glen Ridge, NJ, May 20, 2019 – Congenital Hyperinsulinism International (CHI) is thrilled to announce the award of $70,000.00 for a one-year pilot grant to Dr. Amanda Ackermann at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. With this grant funding, Dr. Ackermann will create a Novel Mouse Model to Investigate Pathophysiology of Hyperinsulinism/Hyperammonemia Syndrome (HIHA). The understanding that will come from creating and studying this mouse model is needed to develop treatments for high blood ammonia levels, seizures, and neurodevelopmental differences caused by HIHA.

The grant was competitively bid internationally, and Dr. Ackermann’s project was selected after a careful review of applications by an expert review panel made up of renowned endocrinologists and family members of patients. The committee carefully evaluated the applications, which were all excellent.

“I appreciate the focus and dedication to addressing the neurological effects in patients with HIHA. As a parent with a (now adult) child with HIHA, I am passionate about finding alternative treatments for HIHA. Other therapies are needed, and I strongly feel this this researcher is acutely aware of this need.”
– Dina Tallis, EdD, Parent Reviewer of applications.

“The investigator is highly qualified, well trained and in an excellent position to accomplish this project. In my opinion, this project is very appropriate for pilot funding in that it aims at developing a new animal model for this disease that will then be made available to the entire research community for further study of all aspects of this disease. This will be a very valuable resource whose overall impact will extend far beyond this specific grant proposal.”
– Benjamin Glaser, MD, Professor Emeritus, Hadassah-Hebrew University, Expert Endocrinologist Reviewer of applications.

Read the full Press Release here.

Click here for a PDF version of the Grant topic and overview.

HI Global Registry 1st Study Report Now Available

The HI Global Registry (HIGR) is the first global patient-powered congenital hyperinsulinism (HI) patient registry. Many years in the making, HIGR launched on October 8, 2018. What follows is an initial report from the HIGR investigators including an introduction to the research project and an early glimpse of data from it. While the first annual report by investigators is not planned until early 2020, the intent of sharing these early findings is to further engage stakeholders in HIGR’s work, better inform the preparation and data analysis of the HIGR annual reporting cycle, and encourage full and robust study participation from all potential study participants. As participation grows, the pool of HI data will become increasingly more significant.

The investigators openly invite comments and questions about the report and welcome ideas for engaging all key HI stakeholders. Broad and robust participation from all members of the HI community will certainly serve to strengthen HIGR. The HIGR team can be contacted at

Click here to read the full Press Release and view the 1st Study.

HIGR First Report May 2019

CHI Newsletter with the 2018 End Of Year HIlights!

We want to share with you how phenomenal 2018 has been for the congenital hyperinsulinism (HI) community and important news. There are so many reasons for hope and optimism. Thank you for your all you do to support the work of CHI, advancing research for better treatments and cures, raising awareness of HI to prevent brain damage and death, and being there for HI families every step of the way. Click here or on the image below to read the newsletter.

December 2018 CHI Newsletter

Support The Sweetest Cause

Congenital Hyperinsulinism International could not do the work we do without your financial support. Please help us to continue to improve the lives of people living with congenital hyperinsulinism. Your generous donation allows us to continue to raise awareness to increase timely diagnosis, provide educational opportunities, support HI families and help them access the care they need, and support research.


The HI Global Registry Has Launched

Patient-Powered Research for a Brighter Future

Press Release: Glen Ridge, NJ, October 8, 2018 – The HI Global Registry will generate new insights into congenital hyperinsulinism (HI), drive new research for treatments and cures, and support the success of clinical trials.

“The HI Global Registry is a groundbreaking new global online research study powered by patients and their families, developed by CHI with partners around the world.” – Julie Raskin, CHI Executive Director

Congenital Hyperinsulinism International (CHI) is very excited to announce today’s launch of the HI Global Registry. The HI Global Registry provides a convenient online platform for the HI patient community to share their experiences of living with congenital hyperinsulinism (HI). By participating in this study, the patient community will help themselves and researchers better understand HI to advance better treatments, a potential cure, and more timely and accurate diagnoses. (scroll down to read more, or click here for a PDF of this press release. Click on the registry logo below to go directly to the Registry).

HI Global Registry

The HI Global Registry consists of a series of surveys with questions about health, treatment, development, and quality of life. People with HI or their parents or caregivers can participate from anywhere in the world. Participants will be able to view graphic representations of the responses of the greater HI global community to see how their personal experience fits into the greater whole.

“This is an exciting day. The HI Global Registry is the first global patient registry for those affected by HI. The Registry team has brought together patient representatives from around the world to work with international researchers and clinicians on the development of the Registry and today we are live. This patient-powered project will be a vital resource to better understand HI for years to come.” – Davelyn Eaves Hood, MD, MBA

The HI Global Registry has been developed and hosted on a platform built by the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), the patient advocacy organization dedicated to individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.

About HI

HI is a life-threatening genetic disorder that causes severe low blood sugar. In most countries the estimated incidence of HI is approximately 1/25,000 to 1/50,000 births. For those with HI the beta cells of the pancreas secrete too much insulin in an unregulated manner. Excess insulin causes hypoglycemia. Prolonged or severe hypoglycemia can cause seizures, permanent brain damage or death, if left untreated. Due to the dangers of hypoglycemia, HI requires timely diagnosis.

About CHI

CHI, a 501(c)3, is a lifeline to those born with congenital hyperinsulinism (HI) and their families. CHI is the global organization dedicated to supporting children and adults born with HI. CHI is a leading source of funding for research for better treatments and cures, and the foremost advocate for increased
awareness and better medical protocols for HI to reduce preventable brain damage and death from prolonged hypoglycemia.

For more information about this topic, please visit or call Jacqueline Kraska, CHI Research and HI Global Registry Program Director, at 973-842-7559 or email at You may also contact Davelyn Hood, HI Global Registry Principal Investigator, at

Click here to read our Mid-Year Newsletter for 2018

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