Significant progress has been made in the past several years in improving the results of pancreatic islet transplantation for patients with type 1 diabetes. Here at UCSF, we are pursuing three studies that we hope will help patients with diabetes who suffer from hypoglycemic unawareness and poor glucose control.
Our UCSF research and clinical care employees are a recognized strength of the Diabetes Center. They are igniting innovation, accelerating the pace of scientific discovery, and shaping the future of science and health.
In a series of studies featured recently in the journal Diabetes Care, Dean Schillinger, MD and his team reported success in developing and evaluating an automated telephone self-management support system to reduce diabetes-related health inequalities in vulnerable populations.
Chinese Americans are 1.6 times more likely than European Americans to develop type 2 diabetes. Since San Francisco has one of the oldest and largest Chinese communities in the U.S., UCSF is helping to test the effectiveness of culturally specific diabetes management programs for Chinese Americans.
Douglas Hanahan, PhD, a faculty member in both the UCSF Diabetes Center and the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center, received one of the highest honors a U.S. scientist can receive – membership to the National Academy of Sciences.
The Vera M. Long Foundation has continued its legacy of support by creating the Vera M. Long Endowed Chair in Diabetes Research. Diabetes Center researcher Christian Vaisse, MD, PhD was recently appointed to this prestigious chair.
Mark Anderson, MD, PhD, has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). This is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected medical honor societies that pays tribute to young physician-scientists. Since 1908, over 2,800 physician-scientists have been elected to the Society for their outstanding records of scholarly achievement in biomedical research.
Michael McManus, PhD is UCSF’s resident expert in microRNAs, the so called “dark matter” of the genome that are the tiny “switches” that control most of the genes in the body.
At a recent UCSF stem cell gathering, Diabetes Center Director Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD compared the effort of transforming stem cells to beta cells to a coast-to-coast road trip from San Francisco to New York. According to Dr. Bluestone, “We’re not in New York yet, but we’re getting close. We’re in Newark.”
UCSF jumped to second place among recipients of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research support last year, trailing only Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
UCSF pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig is frustrated by the food industry's marketing wars involving sugar. As the public learns more about the dangers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), the food industry is turning back to sucrose (cane or beet sugar), using the marketing tactic that sucrose is "natural" and therefore somehow "healthier.”
The Diabetes Center at UCSF is proud of its partnership with diabetes researchers and clinicians across all UCSF campuses, hospitals and research centers. These complementary “neighborhoods” are helping to drive research in numerous directions – all focused on improving the lives of those living with diabetes.
Thanks to the generosity of Bobbie and Mike Wilsey who helped to create a clinical fellowship at UCSF, Dr. Bonnie Kimmel is nearing completion of an extraordinary year serving as the first UCSF Wilsey Fellow.