Thanks to generous private philanthropy, our award-winning educational website, Diabetes Education Online, was recently translated into both Chinese and Spanish, making quality online diabetes education available to millions of patients managing diabetes worldwide.
Mark Anderson, MD, PhD, is the 2013 recipient of the UCSF Byers Award for Basic Science, granted to recognize and support the outstanding research of a mid-career faculty member within all of UCSF. Dr. Anderson, the Robert B. Friend and Michelle M. Friend Endowed Chair in Diabetes Research, works at the intersection of diabetes, genetics, and stem cells and is making great advances in understanding autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes.
As part of the Diabetes Center’s mission to improve the quality of care for patients, the Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes has implemented a program to assist older youth in their transition to adulthood.
UCSF Diabetes Center researchers Matthias Hebrok, PhD, and Mark Anderson, MD, PhD, have created in their labs the first functioning human thymus tissue derived from embryonic stem cells – a huge step forward in producing new cell therapies to treat numerous diseases including type 1 diabetes.
Join TEAM UCSF in participating in the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Tour de Cure scheduled for Sunday, May 5th in the Napa Valley. This cycling event raises money to fund diabetes research. If you haven't already sponsored your favorite UCSF Diabetes Center team member, please find that person at our team site and donate to their fundraising effort!
As another year concludes, I continue to feel enormous pride for all that we have accomplished. It is only because of you – our supporters and donors – that we have been successful in creating one of the most respected diabetes research and clinical 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.
Center Director Matthias Hebrok, PhD, and his lab colleagues have optimized existing culture conditions to increase the number of pancreas progenitor cells and insulin-producing cells from human stem cells. Their current studies indicate that they are getting closer to generating functional beta cells for transplantation purposes.
Diabetes Center investigator Suneil Koliwad, MD, PhD, is exploring how nutritional factors may stimulate tissue inflammation and increase the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Dr.
UCSF endocrinologist Umesh Masharani and his colleagues have dispelled a commonly held belief that chromium supplements improve insulin sensitivity and help prevent and treat diabetes. Through a 16 week, double blind placebo-controlled clinical trial of chromium picolinate therapy conducted on 31 non-obese subjects with normal blood sugar, there was no significant change in insulin sensitivity between groups.
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. 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.
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.
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. Madison Clinic medical director Saleh Adi, MD, and his team look forward to welcoming you to their new home!
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.