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Diana (Zicklin) Berrent

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Diana (Zicklin) Berrent
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Founder, Survivor Corps
BornJune, 1975
New York, NY
🏳️ CitizenshipUSA
🏫 EducationJuris Doctor Bachelor of Arts
🎓 Alma materCornell Law School, Kenyon College
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  March, 2020 - present
🏢 OrganizationSurvivor Corps
Known forCOVID-19 Patient Advocacy and Citizen Science Collaboration
🏡 Home townNew York, NY
🏅 AwardsFortune: World’s 50 Greatest Leaders (2021); Atlantic Council: Unsung Heroes of 2020
🥚 TwitterTwitter=
label65 = 👍 Facebook

Diana Zicklin Berrent is an American lawyer and founder of Survivor Corps.

In March 2020, she was one of the first on Long Island, NY to contract COVID-19. Fighting for clear information and guidelines and advocating on her own behalf, she was eventually able to get an early PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test - with a resulting positive diagnosis.

Berrent was vocal about her struggles and the confusion during this early phase of the pandemic. She was one of the first in the country to go public about this disease, working to demystify and advance the knowledge and understanding of COVID-19. Overrun by confusion, anxiety and fear, she began chronicling her journey with regular video diary contributions to the New York Post.[1][unreliable source?]

Berrent highlighted the challenges, knowledge gaps and lack of available testing, discussing emerging pandemic solutions and pathways to care, all while reducing the shame and stigma associated by those infected. Berrent's ‘Coronavirus Diary’ video blogs helped kick start a national dialogue about the symptoms and testing struggles associated with COVID-19.

Survivor Corps[edit]

While still in isolation and recovering in her bedroom, Berrent launched an open Facebook support group called 'Survivor Corps' on March 24, 2020. Since inception, Berrent has become a global leader for Covid Patient Advocacy and Activism [2], an international spokeswoman for Long Covid and a vocal proponent for Citizen Science Collaboration.

Survivor Corps has evolved into one of the most robust data sets[3] and COVID-19 research tools[4] in the world. It remains a large and growing grassroots movement in the United States, actively connecting, educating and mobilizing COVID-19 Survivors (and their families, friends and colleagues) to support all medical trials and scientific and academic research[5], helping to stem the tide of this pandemic and assisting in the national recovery.


Berrent was one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders for 2021]:[6], and one of the Atlantic Council’s Unsung Heroes of 2020]. [7]


Berrent earned a B.A. in Political Science and Religion from Kenyon College in 1996, and a J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2004.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. "NY Post (Mar. 20, 2021) NY Post Coronavirus Diary Day 1: Symptoms, Testing Struggles".
  2. "Advocacy in Action: Hearings & Briefings".
  3. "SFGate: Survivor Corps may be the world's biggest research tool".
  4. "Wired: Covid-19 Support Groups Are a Potential Research Gold Mine".
  5. "NIH Collaboratory:Long Term COVID Patient Engagement: Best Practices".
  6. "Fortune Magazine #29: Diana Berrent & Survivor Corps".
  7. "Atlantic Council's Unsung Heroes of 2020".
  8. "Diana Berrent on Linkedin".

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