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.
Numerous classes are held throughout the year for adults with type 1 diabetes through UCSF’s award-winning Diabetes Teaching Center, http://dtc.ucsf.edu/workshops-and-classes/ . Take a look at what others are saying about this ADA-accredited educational program:
Diabetes Center researcher and endocrinologist Mark Anderson, MD, PhD, was recently named the new director of the UCSF Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Dr. Anderson will be responsible for managing this campus-wide program that trains academic physician-scientists.
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.
UCSF researchers led by Feroz Papa, MD, PhD, have discovered a molecule, TXNIP, which initiates inflammation that leads to the death of the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Published in the journal Cell Metabolism, Dr.
In May 2011, the UCSF Diabetes Center Diabetes Family Fund for Innovative Patient Care, Education and Scientific Discovery awarded its first grants to twelve groups of collaborators. As a special feature for our readers, we will continue to spotlight these groups and their progress in our future newsletters. In this issue, we are featuring The Bigger Picture (TBP) campaign between UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations (UCSF CVP) http
An epidemic is sweeping the nation and world: diabetes. Almost 26 million children and adults in the United States – and 346 million worldwide – have the disease. Another 79 million Americans are considered to have pre-diabetes.
The Diabetes Teaching Center’s newest innovation, DiabetesIQ, was awarded Outstanding Mobile Application in the Web Marketing Associations’ 2012 MobileWebAward Competition. This free mobile app was created using the educational content found on Diabetes Education Online, www.deo.ucsf.edu, and is available on the Apple iTunes store and Google Android market.
Denmark-based pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk recently awarded Diabetes Center faculty member Fred Schaufele, PhD, with a Diabetes Innovation Award to study the challenge of insulin resistance at the cellular level. Dr. Schaufele seeks to understand why chronically elevated insulin found in patients with insulin resistance causes a dramatic change in insulin receptor structure, leading to even more insulin resistance and ultimately type 2 diabetes.
Mary Sullivan, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, CDE, has been selected for induction to the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Sullivan, a longtime diabetes care professional at UCSF, will be joining a prestigious group of the nation’s top nurse researchers, policy makers, scholars, executives, educators, and practitioners. Previously, Dr. Sullivan was named Diabetes Educator of the Year by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).
A dedicated Diabetes Center supporter has captured the tale told by her grandmother well over a half century ago in a new children’s book entitled, Billy and Skipper. This delightful story is filled with old-fashioned values – love of family, adventure, problem solving and forgiveness – all to benefit one of the Diabetes Center’s research pioneers, Michael German, MD.
The Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes is creating GreenDot, an open mobile health platform that enables both patients and health care providers to collect, aggregate, store, analyze and display diabetes-related data wirelessly and in real-time to better control blood sugars. Last month, the Madison Clinic was named one of five finalists in the Sanofi US Innovation Challenge,http://www.datadesigndiabetes.com