June 2013 eUpdate
Collaborative Faculty Leaders Drive Research Progress
In the Diabetes Center at UCSF, we believe that innovative, collaborative research is the answer. Through communication and a spirit of common purpose, our team of internationally renowned scientists and physicians is solidly united in the search for improved treatments and a cure. They are focused on three research areas:
- Islet regeneration, beta cells, stem cells, and pancreas development
- Immune tolerance, auto-immunity, and genetics
- Obesity, metabolism, and inflammation
Diabetes Center Researcher Receives Prestigious Byers Award in Basic Science
Mark Anderson, MD, PhD, is the 2013 recipient of the UCSF Byers Award for Basic Science, granted to recognize and support the outstanding research of a mid-career faculty member within all of UCSF.
Dr. Anderson, the Robert B. Friend and Michelle M. Friend Endowed Chair in Diabetes Research, works at the intersection of diabetes, genetics, and stem cells and is making great advances in understanding autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes. He is also the Director of the UCSF Medical Scientist Training Program.
The Byers Award for Basic Science is endowed by the highly successful Bay Area venture capitalist Brook Byers and his family. At the annual Byers Lecture in Basic Science, Dr. Anderson presented "Know Thyself: understanding the genetics of immune tolerance." <Video Presentation>
DIABETES CENTER NEWS
New Physician-Scientist Joins Diabetes Center Faculty
We are proud to announce that Greg Ku, MD, PhD, has joined both our research and clinical care teams as Assistant Professor in the Diabetes Center and as a member of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Department of Medicine.
Not only will Dr. Ku be treating patients in both the clinic and the hospital, he will be building his research lab and hiring research staff. His research goal is to uncover the genes important for adult beta cell function and find those that might be targets for diabetes therapies. <Full Story>
IN THE NEWS
Alzheimer's and Low Blood Sugar in Diabetes May Trigger a Vicious Cycle, UCSF News Office, 6/10/13
The Diabetes Center at UCSF is among the premier institutions for clinical trials of emerging therapies in diabetes. Numerous clinical trials in type 1 and 2 diabetes are now underway. Interested in participating? A sample of our trials is listed below.
TrialNet Natural History Study [Antibody Screening]. Seeking relatives of people with type 1 diabetes, 1 to 45 years of age
Type 1 Diabetes: An Oral Insulin Preventative Study. Seeking relatives of people with type 1 diabetes, 3 to 45 years of age
Type 1 Diabetes: Anti-CD3 mAB (Teplizumab) Preventative Study. Seeking relatives of people with type 1 diabetes, 8 to 45 years of age
Type 1 Diabetes: CTLA-4 lg (Abatacept) Preventative Study. Seeking relatives of people with type 1 diabetes, 6 to 45 years of age
Type 1 Diabetes: Evaluation of Residual Beta Cell Function and Immunologic Features in Patients with Longstanding Type 1 Diabetes. Seeking volunteers 8 years or older who have had type 1 diabetes for five or more years and have a hemoglobin A1c < 9.5%
Type 2 Diabetes: Paleolithic-Type Diets and Metabolic Control. Seeking volunteers 18 years of age and older with type 2 diabetes
Non-Diabetes: Motivational Physical Activity Education Study (mPED). Women between 25 and 69 years of age
Non-Diabetes: A Mobile Phone Based Diabetes Prevention Program (mDPP). Over 35 years of age, overweight, not physically active
APS1 and Autoimmune Disease. Seeking volunteers at least 6 weeks of age who have either autoimmune disease, have evidence of autoimmunity, have a family member with autoimmunity, or do not have autoimmune disease (healthy volunteer control)
For a list of all of our trials, visit the clinical trials section of our website, or contact Lorraine Stiehl.
Diabetes Center at UCSF
If you wish to receive more information about the UCSF Diabetes Center’s clinical and research programs, or would like to financially support one or more of these efforts, please contact Suzanne Ritchie at 415-476-6334. You may also visit our donation webpage and/or designate your donation to the program of your choice.
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