November 01, 2008

Each year, the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators recognizes outstanding teachers at UCSF. These peer-nominated awards are intended to highlight outstanding front-line teachers of medical students and residents -- who might otherwise go unrecognized. We congratulate Mark Anderson, MD, PhD who was presented a 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award.

October 21, 2008

Hélène Bour-Jordan, Ph.D. and Mark S. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D.—researchers at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) Diabetes Center—were recently awarded a scientific research grant by The Neuropathy Association, a national patient-based non-profit organization headquartered in New York City.

August 08, 2008

A complete online diabetes education program,, has been launched by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Diabetes Teaching Center. This website mirrors the highly successful American Diabetes Association (ADA) accredited teaching program curriculum created by UCSF clinicians and presented to thousands of patients at UCSF over the past 30 years. 

August 01, 2008

Dr. Jeffrey A. Bluestone, University of California in San Francisco and Dr. Mark E. Cooper, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia, to Receive Honors & Additional Research Funding.

July 27, 2008

Beginning this year, the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) plans to support multi-year Disease Team Grants. To encourage planning for these awards, CIRM has created Disease Team Planning Awards that will enable a Principal Investigator to recruit a team and enlist its members to develop the content, management and administration of the proposed disease team.

July 24, 2008

Mark Anderson, MD, PhD and his lab at UCSF have been examining the genetic control of autoimmune diseases to better understand how the body recognizes self from non-self – and why the body attacks its own insulin-producing beta cells in type 1 diabetes. It appears that a key element to autoimmunity is AIRE, a gene that is critical to helping immune cells learn how to recognize and avoid destroying its own cells.

July 24, 2008

Previous research has defined diabetes distress as a condition where patients become stressed about being able to manage their disease, obtaining the support they need, managing the emotional burden of diabetes, and accessing needed care.

July 05, 2008

As a world leader in the field of organ transplantation, UCSF will celebrate its 45th year of transplantation with a week of exciting workshops, lectures and forums open to the public. UCSF Transplant Week is scheduled for September 22-28 and will feature a special presentation on “Diabetes and Islet Transplantation” to be held on Wednesday, September 24, 5-7 pm, at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.

June 25, 2008

In the United States, Western Europe and developing countries, type 2 diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions. It is now understood that the disease is part of a larger complex of disorders termed the "metabolic syndrome"  -- insulin resistance, high blood pressure, cholesterol/lipid disorders, and type 2 diabetes -- that often leads to cardiovascular disease. Even with the availability of new classes of medicines, treatment of type 2 diabetes is difficult.

June 24, 2008

Earlier this year, San Diego biotech Novocell announced their success in converting human embryonic stem cells into insulin-producing beta cells, stopping type 1 diabetes in immune compromised mice.  Even though the company is still a few years off from human clinical trials, the discovery rocked the diabetes world.

June 23, 2008

Earlier this month, 20,000 diabetes researchers and medical professionals converged on our "City by the Bay" to attend the ADA's 68th Annual Scientific Sessions. As host city, we were glad we arranged spectacular weather! Not only were our faculty and staff well represented at the seminars and workshops, we hosted a special event for former alumni and friends of the Diabetes Center.

June 19, 2008

Robert Lustig, MD is bombarded by media inquiries on a regular basis. What makes him so popular? Dr. Lustig is UCSF’s childhood obesity expert and a nationally recognized leader in the field of neuroendocrinology, with an emphasis on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system.

June 18, 2008

Kaveh Ashrafi, PhD and his colleagues including Supriya Srinivasan, PhD generated headlines earlier this month by challenging the theory that weight gain is mostly a consequence of feeding and physical activity. By working with the worm model C. elegans, they found that the brain chemical serotonin influences two separate pathways -- one for feeding and one for fat-burning.