April 03, 2008

After being involved in diabetes and endocrine research at UCSF for nearly 40 years – a distinguished career that includes the breakthrough cloning of the growth hormone gene and first synthesis of growth hormone, the development of the UCSF Diabetes Center, the presidency of the Endocrine Society, and election to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences – you’d think John Baxter, MD would be ready to focus on his love of fishing. Instead of retirement, Dr.

April 02, 2008

Significant progress has been made in the past several years in improving the results of pancreatic islet transplantation for type 1 diabetics.  Here at UCSF, we are very pleased with our success rate using a new enzyme that has helped to ensure islet viability through the transplant process.

April 02, 2008

Even the popular press is excited about recent developments involving anti-CD3, a potential type 1 therapy with strong ties to UCSF.  In a recent issue of FORBES Magazine, senior editor Robert Langreth reveals the long history of anti-CD3 -- a monoclonal antibody that stops beta cell destruction.

January 24, 2008

Thanks to a generous gift made possible by a family whose lives have been impacted by type 1 diabetes, the Mary B. Olney MD / KAK Chair in Pediatric Diabetes and Clinical Research has been awarded to Steve Gitelman, MD, Director of the UCSF Pediatric Diabetes Program.

December 21, 2007

While leading the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and the Hormone Research Institute, William J. Rutter, PhD helped UCSF to make some of its most important contributions in biotechnology -- including the cloning of the genes for insulin and human growth hormone. It was these discoveries that spurred the creation of the world’s first biotech company, Genentech Inc., and Chiron Corp., the company Dr. Rutter co-founded.

November 27, 2007

To take a promising drug to market, it costs on average $500 million.  Academic research institutions such as UCSF excel in conducting basic research and early stage human clinical trials, however, for cost reasons it is important that promising therapies are picked up by private industry.

November 25, 2007

Inflammation is a biological process driven by the immune system to help the body react to infection, irritation or other injury -- and help the body to repair itself. Researchers in the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center have learned that the mast cell, a cell of the immune system, plays an important role in inflammation.

November 14, 2007

Nearly two-thirds of US adults are overweight – fueling the twin epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes in this country.  Allison Xu, an Assistant Professor who was trained at Stanford and joined the UCSF Diabetes Center in 2006, is focused on understanding how the central nervous system regulates body weight and glucose levels.

November 11, 2007

McGraw Hill has just published “Diabetes DeMystified:  A Self-Teaching Guide”, written by our very own UCSF physician and clinical researcher, Umesh Masharani, M.D.

November 09, 2007

Have you or a loved one ever been frustrated by how your diabetes has been managed in a hospital setting?  Thanks to a team of clinicians led by Robert Rushakoff, MD and Umesh Masharani, MD, UCSF has tackled this problem head on by putting in place new insulin management systems for patients with diabetes being treated in UCSF hospitals.

September 24, 2007

A team of researchers including Miguel Ramalho-Santos, Ph.D., a UCSF Fellow and member of the Diabetes Center, have reported that they have improved a technique for genetically reprogramming mouse cells to become embryonic stem cells.  By over-expressing a combination of genes in mouse skin cells, the mouse cells begin to lose their adult functions and function like they did in their embryonic state.

September 24, 2007

Feroz Papa, M.D., Ph.D. was awarded a prestigious New Innovator Award, one of only 29 investigators nationwide who received this award. The NIH created this new award to help stimulate highly innovative research and support promising new investigators.

September 23, 2007

Longtime Diabetes Center volunteers, Bobbie and Michael Wilsey, approached Diabetes Center Director, Dr. Jeffrey Bluestone, and Diabetes Teaching Center Medical Director, Dr. Martha Nolte, to express interest in supporting UCSF’s diabetes clinical efforts.  All parties agreed that the most effective use of their $250,000 gift would be to establish a clinical diabetes fellowship program in the adult clinic.