November 2012 eUpdate
Islet Transplantation Research Progresses
Qizhi Tang, PhD, a Diabetes Center faculty member and Associate Professor of Surgery, is focused on improving islet transplantation, a minimally invasive procedure that has the potential to cure type 1 diabetes. Tremendous progress has been made in the past two decades to transform this treatment from an experimental concept to a clinical reality. However, two main obstacles preclude the wider application of this treatment to patients with type 1 diabetes – the need for long-term immunosuppression and the shortage of transplantable islets.
Prevention Trials in Progress; New TrialNet Affiliates on Board
With two type 1 diabetes prevention trials currently underway, it is important for blood relatives of those with type 1 diabetes to be tested for autoantibodies that may predict future onset of disease. <TrialNet Information for Relatives>
Our UCSF TrialNet Clinical Center welcomes eleven new affiliates to our TrialNet family. Relatives of type 1s are encouraged to be tested at one of these sites, or at the site nearest to them. <TrialNet Affiliates>
UCSF Opens New Clinical Space for Pediatric Diabetes
This month, the Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes at UCSF arrives at its new home on UCSF's Mission Bay Campus. This new, state of the art facility will treat our young patients, including young adults up to age 26.
New Physical Address: 1500 Owens Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94158 <Moving Announcement>
Madison Clinic medical director Saleh Adi, MD, and his team look forward to welcoming you to their new home!
Be Empowered: Sign Up for a Diabetes Teaching Center Course
Numerous classes are held throughout the year for adults with type 1 diabetes through UCSF’s award-winning Diabetes Teaching Center. Find out what others are saying about this American Diabetes Association accredited educational program. <Full Story>
DIABETES CENTER NEWS
New Faculty Member Recruited to UCSF
We'd like to introduce you to a new member of the Diabetes Center, Srinath Sanda, MD. Dr. Sanda received his undergraduate degree at UC San Diego, his medical degree at UC Davis, and completed his residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in LA. He then went on to complete a pediatric endocrinology fellowship at UC San Diego where he worked in the immunology laboratory of Dr. Matthias von Herrath. <Full Story>
Faculty Member to Direct Medical Scientist Training Program
How You Can Participate in TODAY'S World Diabetes Day
In recognition of World Diabetes Day (WDD) today, November 14, 2012, we encourage your participation in one or more of the following activities to increase awareness of diabetes, and raise money for research. Go blue for diabetes!
Attend the San Francisco ADD Event, Ferry Building
-- Attend another WDD event in your area or create your own
-- Participate in the Diabetes Hands Foundation's Big Blue Test; it works!
IN THE NEWS
Diabetes Minor Among First in Country Taught at UCSF School of Nursing, UCSF News Center, 10/24/12
Almost Half of Type 2 Diabetes Patients Report Acute and Chronic Pain, UCSF News Center, 8/12/12
A Thanksgiving Message from our Center Director
As we approach this important time of year where we give thanks, I wish to thank you our eUpdate subscribers and donors for continuing to support our efforts. It is only because of you that we have been successful in creating one of the most respected diabetes centers in the world.
As we continue on our path to create new, more effective treatments for type 1 and type 2 diabetes, I remain grateful for our ongoing partnership. Thanks to you, our accomplished team of diabetes researchers and clinicians are continuously advancing diabetes research and patient care – always with you and your loved ones in mind.
Again, thank you for your ongoing commitment to our critically important cause. On behalf of our dedicated team of faculty and staff, I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Matthias Hebrok, PhD
Director, Diabetes Center at UCSF
Hurlbut-Johnson Distinguished Professor in Diabetes Research
The Diabetes Center at UCSF is among the premier institutions for clinical trials of emerging therapies in diabetes. Numerous clinical trials in type 1 and 2 diabetes are now underway. Interested in participating? A sample of our trials is listed below.
TrialNet Natural History Study [Antibody Screening] Seeking relatives of people with type 1 diabetes, 1 to 45 years of age
Type 1 Diabetes: An Oral Insulin Preventative Study Seeking relatives of people with type 1 diabetes, 3 to 45 years of age
Type 1 Diabetes: Anti-CD3 mAB (Teplizumab) Preventative Study Seeking relatives of people with type 1 diabetes, 8 to 45 years of age
Type 1 Diabetes: Evaluation of Residual Beta Cell Function and Immunologic Features in Patients with Longstanding Type 1 Diabetes Seeking volunteers 8 years or older who have had type 1 diabetes for five or more years and have a hemoglobin A1c < 9.5%
Type 2 Diabetes: Paleolithic-Type Diets and Metabolic Control Seeking volunteers 18 years of age and older with type 2 diabetes
Non-Diabetes: Motivational Physical Activity Education Study (mPED) Women between 25 and 69 years of age
Non-Diabetes: A Mobile Phone Based Diabetes Prevention Program (mDPP) Over 35 years of age, overweight, not physically active
APS1 and Autoimmune Disease Seeking volunteers at least 6 weeks of age who have either autoimmune disease, have evidence of autoimmunity, have a family member with autoimmunity, or do not have autoimmune disease (healthy volunteer control)
Diabetes Center at UCSF
If you wish to receive more information about the UCSF Diabetes Center’s clinical and research programs, or would like to financially support one or more of these efforts, please contact Suzanne Ritchie at 415-476-6334. You may also visit our donation webpage and/or designate your donation to the program of your choice.