For patients with diabetes, their family members and friends, nothing is more frightening than a hypoglycemic or low blood sugar episode. After the episode, many patients feel like they've been "hit by a freight train". Even though clinicians work closely with patients to reduce or eliminate these episodes, occasionally a severe hypoglycemic reaction can occur. Fortunately, thanks to researchers at the UC San Francisco VA Medical Center, a possible therapy may help prevent brain impairment
Most families affected by diabetes recognize that islet transplantation represents a very real opportunity for a cure for diabetes. Unfortunately, current experimental treatment protocols require the use of cadaveric pancreas donors. Tragically, only 300 successful islet transplants have been performed in the U.S.
Are you aware of the following shocking statistics? Nearly 100,000 American men, women and children currently await life-saving transplants, a large percentage of whom have diabetes; Approximately 18,000 Californians are waiting for an organ transplant, nearly 20% of the total number of patients waiting for a transplant -- and a second chance at life; Every 13 minutes another name is added to the national transplant waiting list; An average o
The Diabetes Center’s Dr. Ira Goldfine and his team believe they have identified one of the major proteins causing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. In a recent study published in the journal Diabetes, Goldfine reported that mice expressing the human version of the protein PC-1 in their liver have significantly elevated blood glucose levels and show 2-fold higher levels of insulin compared to controls.
At last fall's Annual Meeting of the Western Regional Islet Group, the first newly announced Dr. Gerold M. Grodsky Distinguished Scientist Award and Lectureship was given to none other than its namesake, UCSF's Dr. Gerold M. Grodsky. This annual award was created in recognition of his pioneering and continuing scientific contributions in the areas of islet-cell physiology and insulin secretion.
Last fall, three UCSF professors who are long-time associates of the Diabetes Center both received one of the nation's highest honors in the fields of medicine and health. On Oct. 18, 2004, Fred Cohen, MD, DPhil, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Arthur Weiss, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology were elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies.
A new tool that gives researchers the ability to block disease-causing genes is the next wave in biotechnology. If successful, “RNA interference” (known as RNAi) could provide new cures for everything from cancer to HIV to diabetes. Dr. Michael McManus, a world leader in RNAi, recently moved his MIT laboratory to the Diabetes Center at UCSF to focus his groundbreaking research on the problem of diabetes.
The body's rejection of transplanted organs and tissues is an unfortunate risk of transplant surgery. Historically, rejection rates in a simultaneous pancreas-kidney (SPK) transplant have been as high as 80% and, in 2001, averaged nearly 20% . What's more, steroid-based immunosuppressive drugs that have been traditionally used to combat rejection are associated with several serious side-effects, including increased risks of osteoporosis and bone and joint problems.
Information on clinical trials conducted by Diabetes Center at UCSF researchers is now available online through the Diabetes Center website. Users can access an up-to-date list of UCSF clinical trials in type 1 and type 2 diabetes that are seeking to enroll patients, with information on each trial as well as study contacts to find out more about eligibility and enrollment.
Modern successful human organ transplantation has only been around since the 1960s. However, in the relatively short time since then, the number of diseases in which transplantation is a viable and recommended treatment has grown at an impressive rate. So too has grown the need for organ transplants in patients with type 1 diabetes.
On Election Day, California voters approved Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, by a margin of 59% to 41%. In passing Prop 71, voters agreed to fund stem cell research at California hospitals, medical schools and universities to help develop potentially lifesaving therapies and cures for diseases that affect the lives of over 128 million Americans.
The Diabetes Center's second annual Pediatric Diabetes Symposium and Kids Kamp, held this year on Saturday, October 9 was a rousing success. Nearly 200 parents and children attended the symposium to learn the latest in diabetes research and clinical care from respected UCSF-affiliated researchers and clinicians, while the little ones enjoyed the Novo Nordisk-sponsored "Kids Kamp."
A brain protein already known to play a central role in the "feast or fast" signaling that controls the urge to eat has now been found to influence appetite in a second way. The discovery identifies a potential new target for drugs against obesity.