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Sansum Diabetes Research Institute honors its founder by changing its name to William Sansum Diabetes Center

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In celebrating its 70th Anniversary, the new name emphasizes distinction in the local community and represents the organization’s legacy and focus on the future

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. – Aug. 27, 2014 – To better reflect its founder, legacy and services, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute has officially changed its name to the William Sansum Diabetes Center and created a new logo representing its mission and future.

Seventy years after Dr. William D. Sansum founded the organization, the name change to William Sansum Diabetes Center not only pays homage to the first physician in the U.S. to administer insulin in the treatment of diabetes, it better reflects the organization’s ongoing mission in research, education and care. In the local community, the name also serves to create further distinction from Sansum Clinic.

While research continues to be a primary focus, The Center has significantly contributed to diabetes and nutrition education and clinical care programs in pediatrics and diabetes complicated by pregnancy.  The previous name did not convey the organization’s significant role in education and clinical care. Along with a new name, The Center released a new logo of two interconnected rings representing collaboration as well as the organization’s legacy in — and infinite focus on — improving the lives of those impacted by diabetes.

“Our new name reflects the idea that ‘Sansum’ is not just a brand or an entity; he was a man with a vision to improve the lives of those with diabetes.
We continue to carry on that vision – and that charge – under his full name,” said William Sansum Diabetes Center Executive Director Rem Laan. “2014 is not only a milestone anniversary year for The Center but it also marks a new era for us.”

This year saw the expansion of The Center’s team with the additions of Director of Research & Innovation Dr. David Kerr; Senior Research Physician and Pediatric Endocrinologist Dr. Jordan Pinsker; Director of Clinical Research Operations Ms. Leonie Bradford; Director of Education Ms. Sandy Andrews; and Director of Development Ms. Ada Conner.

About William Sansum Diabetes Center

Our singular focus is to improve the health and quality of life for men, women and children in Santa Barbara County – and millions around the world – who suffer from diabetes. We have been on the cutting edge of diabetes research, clinical care, and education since our founding in 1944 by Dr. William Sansum, the first physician in the U.S. to manufacture and administer insulin in the treatment of diabetes. William Sansum Diabetes Center advances new technologies and produces groundbreaking diabetes treatments, such as the development of an artificial pancreas that enables the automated delivery of insulin to patients.

Understanding that diet and lifestyle factors are key to the effective management and prevention of diabetes, the Institute offers diabetes and nutrition education to Santa Barbara County residents impacted by the disease. The Institute also provides direct clinical care to patients, such as pregnant women with diabetes, helping them to deliver healthy babies.

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From the desk of Dr. David Kerr

From the desk of Dr. David Kerr

Dr. David KerrNearly 90 years ago, Santa Barbara served as the main stage for one of the biggest breakthroughs in modern medical history.

Here – in our sunny coastal town – Dr. William D. Sansum manufactured and administered insulin to a diabetes patient for the first time in the United States. In the years since, Dr. Sansum’s contributions have improved and saved the lives of millions of individuals across the globe.

As the new Director of Diabetes Research and Innovation here at Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, I am thrilled to be part of a team so focused on improving the health and quality of life of people living with diabetes and their families.

We are at a critical juncture in the rapid global rise of diabetes. Yet, with challenges come opportunities. In this new age, our legacy continues to inspire our research and service. We are looking to you for help and guidance as we embark on new life-changing advancements in the treatment and management of diabetes.

In planning for our future, we are applying a thorough assessment of critical needs as they relate to the Affordable Care Act, education and care. We are looking at our priorities in roles and services as they relate to the ever-changing landscape of diabetes.

One thing we know for certain, our expertise is needed now more than ever. Today, the rate of diabetes, particularly type 2, is reaching epidemic levels. The disease generates one of the greatest impacts on medical costs in America. Whether or not you are personally afflicted with diabetes, you are paying for it at an estimated $900 per person per year. That is because medical expenses are primarily attributed to costly complications of the disease, rather than proactive management and prevention services.

In addition, implementation of the Affordable Care Act means previously uninsured residents now have access to care they formerly could not afford. In Santa Barbara County alone, there are more than 20,000 newly insured individuals, many of whom will be seeking diabetes care.

We at Sansum Diabetes Research Institute are tackling this crisis on multiple fronts, through research, education and care.

On the research front, after almost 10 years of developing the artificial pancreas, we are finally putting it into clinical trials outside of our research department. Industry has taken note of this progress and several companies are moving forward with the development of commercial products using this technology.

Education is also one of our greatest tools in diabetes prevention and management. We are utilizing digital apps and social media features to push critical diabetes information in a way that is accessible and user-friendly. In addition, we are working to expand our reach in parts of your community that are disproportionately impacted by the disease (primarily the Latino and senior populations).

Preparing for the newly insured, we are adding a pediatric endocrinologist and an adult endocrinologist to our research staff to better serve our communities. We are also establishing a center of excellence in diabetes self-management, education and medical nutrition therapy to which local physicians can refer their patients for personalized care and support.

As initiated by Dr. Sansum in 1944, what we are doing here now will serve as education and prevention models and cutting-edge treatments locally, nationally and internationally.

That is why we need your help to make worldwide changes in healthcare – and support each individual who faces the daily struggles and challenges of diabetes.

Please make your contribution today. Know your investment will directly impact the lives of so many in our community (and beyond) who live with diabetes or who are prone to the disease.

On behalf of all those we humbly serve, thank you for your continued support and dedication to improve diabetes treatment and management.

I look forward to meeting you and working with you.

Warm personal regards,

David Kerr, MD FRCPE
Director of Diabetes Research and Innovation

P.S. Thank you for your support! Your donation will help change the lives of the millions of families and individuals living with diabetes.

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Business profile: Meet the Scot who is helping the millions of people affected by diabetes across the globe

May 12, 2014 10:05 | By Katrina Tweedie

EVERY Monday Scotland Now Business profiles a leading Scot on the global stage, and today we meet Professor David Kerr, who is the Director of Diabetes Research and Innovation at the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute in California.

A FORMER clinical researcher at Ivy League American university Yale and ex-editor of the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, Prof Kerr – who was born and bred in Dumfries – is a renowned endocrinologist and entrepreneur who operates at the coal face of diabetes research from his base in Santa Barbara.

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