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Philanthropic Support: A Catalyst for Improved Treatments and Cures

The Diabetes Center at UCSF has an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate the course of diabetes research, patient care, and education. Our ambitious goal is to both improve the lives of those living with diabetes and to cure this disease.

Investments from individuals are crucial to our mission. Gifts to the Diabetes Center support:

Scientific Research: Donations to the Diabetes Center’s research efforts underwrite projects that have tremendous potential, but are too new and innovative to be considered for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during the early stages. Investment in bold ideas that challenge conventional wisdom will give our scientists the traction (and pilot data) needed for further funding down the line. Gifts to this area also permit the director of the Diabetes Center to cover research expenses during gaps in funding cycles. This ensures that promising studies do not halt midstream due to a lack of short-term funding.

Diabetes Clinical Trials Research: The Diabetes Center at UCSF is one of the world leaders in developing and spearheading clinical trials of diabetes interventions. Gifts to our clinical trials research endeavors enable us to organize and conduct our trials.

Educational Innovations and Outreach: Gifts to the Diabetes Teaching Center and to our adult and pediatric clinics enable us to continuously develop new self-management tools for diabetes patients and to enhance our outreach efforts in the community.

Areas of Greatest Need: General gifts to the Diabetes Center allow the Center’s director to fund unmet needs. These may include: 

  • Faculty recruitment and retention. UCSF has a strong core group of faculty and staff who are focused on diabetes research and care. The retention of this team and the strategic recruitment of additional scientific and clinical leaders are essential to achieving the new scientific breakthroughs required to cure the disease.

  • New technology and tools. As technology continues to evolve, we must provide our team the most advanced tools with which to conduct their research.

  • Bridge funding for continuing efforts. Gifts to the Diabetes Center provide its director with the flexibility to support projects or team members who are awaiting funding from other sources. 

On behalf of our entire team in the UCSF Diabetes Center at UCSF, thank you for your interest in our work.

Donate online to the Diabetes Center through the UCSF Foundation.