Prediabetes Research


The Diabetes Center at UCSF has an unprecedented opportunity to change the course of prediabetes research. Our team includes world-class specialists in the areas of obesity, metabolism, diabetes, and the related conditions of inflammation and regulation of food intake. These include:

Mark Anderson, MD, PhD

Anil Bhushan, PhD

David Gardner, MD

Michael German, MD

Matthias Hebrok, PhD

Shingo Kajimura, PhD

Alka Kanaya, MD

Suneil Koliwad, MD, PhD

Gregory Ku, MD, PhD

Umesh Masharani, MD

Feroz Papa, MD, PhD

Christian Vaisse, MD, PhD

Allison Xu, PhD


Collaboration with Physician-Researchers

Our investigators work closely with Diabetes Center-affiliated physician-researchers who direct clinical research programs at a number of sites in San Francisco, including:

The Diabetes Teaching Center
Medical Director: Martha Nolte Kennedy, MD

The Diabetes Clinic at Mount Zion
Medical Director: Robert Rushakoff, MD

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Division Chief: Elizabeth Murphy, MD, PhD

San Francisco VA Medical Center, Endocrine-Metabolism Service
Division Chief: Carl Grunfeld, MD, PhD



UCSF is one of only 12 Nutrition and Obesity Research Centers (NORC) in the nation. Composed of 44 interdisciplinary investigators, the UCSF NORC includes a mixture of senior and early-stage investigators with a collective 60 grants from the National Institutes of Health. The center's goal is to define the underlying mechanisms of disease and to significantly contribute to the prevention and treatment of obesity and its complications, including prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.


Diabetes Research Center (DRC)

UCSF is also one of only 16 federally recognized Diabetes Research Centers (DRC) in the country. DRCs are selected for their ability to facilitate progress in research, with the goal of developing new methods to treat, prevent, and ultimately cure diabetes.