Youth Impact Awards Honor Young People Making a Difference…including our own youth volunteer, Ella Brewer

Rose & Ella (4.2.14)Every year the KIDS Network – a countywide umbrella organization including members from public agencies, the courts, law enforcement, education, community-based organizations, school-linked programs and parent groups – honors young people for their contributions to the community.  The annual Youth Impact Awards celebrate youth who have made a significant positive impact on their communities in Santa Barbara County. Nominations are received from members of the community, and all young people ages ten through eighteen living or attending school in Santa Barbara County qualify. The winners of the Santa Barbara County 2014 Youth Impact Awards were recently announced, and this year’s recipients are Ella Brewer of San Marcos High School, Fatima Cacho of Cabrillo High School, and the Leaders Establishing Great Ideas 4 Tomorrow Club at Ernest Righetti High School.

Winners were honored at the annual KIDS Network Youth Impact Awards ceremony on April 2, 2014 at the Santa Barbara County Education Office Auditorium. During the ceremony, winners highlighted their work in the community and received a certificate and acknowledgement at the Awards celebration. Ella Brewer of San Marcos High School along with her nominator Rose Linehan, project coordinator at Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, spoke about her service to the community including her involvement with Sansum Diabetes. In 2013, Ella began observing the work of Drs. Jovanovic and Castorino of the Santa Barbara Public Health Department. Every Tuesday for several hours she watched while the two doctors treated women with gestational diabetes. From this experience she became interested in the Summer2Move teen wellness program provided each summer at Sansum Diabetes.

With a focus on improving physical fitness and health literacy, Summer2Move participants become health advocates by adopting healthier lifestyles and motivating others to do the same. Ella voluntarily assisted Ms. Linehan with lectures covering diabetes, nutrition, exercise, stress management, and self-confidence. While maintaining a 4.33 GPA, Ella is currently a student in the Santa Marcos Health Academy, a tutor at “The Village,” a lettered athlete on the Varsity soccer team, and a member of the Kids Helping Kids program, Link Crew and Junior Statesman of America’s Traveling Debate Cub. In November of 2013 she traveled to Nicaragua for 1 week to work with children living in safe houses and trash dumps. In addition to these notable accomplishments, she continues her involvement at Sansum Diabetes by helping with the Seeds of Change program, a maternal health program designed to promote the health of women between pregnancies.

Ella will be starting college in the fall and is clearly on her way to reaching her lifetime goal of becoming a physician. She plans to become a cardiothoracic surgeon—a decision made in part due to her father’s struggle with atrial fibrillation since Ella was 8 years old. Accompanying him to medical appointments, she became fascinated with this field of study and has continued to seek opportunities to gain hands-on experience. Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is happy to have offered Ella the chance to expand her knowledge in the medical field while serving her community so substantially.

SANSUM DIABETES RESEARCH INSTITUTE CELEBRATES DR. LOIS JOVANOVIČ 18-YEAR TENURE AS CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER

SANSUM DIABETES RESEARCH INSTITUTE CELEBRATES DR. LOIS JOVANOVIČ 18-YEAR TENURE AS CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER

Dr. Jovanovič is recognized with the W.D. Sansum Award for Excellence in Science for her pivotal work in diabetes research and protocols for pregnant women with diabetes

018SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (April, 2014) - Sansum Diabetes Research Institute announced that after more than 25 years with Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, Dr. Lois Jovanovič will retire as Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Jovanovič will continue working with the Institute on a part-time basis as a Physician Consultant.On March 28, in recognition of her pioneering work in gestational diabetes, the Board of Trustees awarded Dr. Jovanovič with the prestigious William D. Sansum Award for Excellence in Science. The award was presented by Jacqueline Wiley, a former patient of  Dr. Jovanovič in the 1980s who went on to become a certified Clinical Research Coordinator with the Institute.

“Dr. Jovanovič’s lifelong dedication to helping women prepare for healthy pregnancies and preventing diabetes in infants has literally changed the lives of millions of women and children worldwide,” said Dr. Robert Nagy, Institute Board President.  “We are extremely grateful for her commitment and vision and pleased she will remain part of the Institute.”

Dr. Jovanovič, a specialist in endocrinology and metabolism, has dedicated her life to diabetes research and education. She joined the Institute in 1986 and was promoted to Chief Scientific Officer in 1996. During her tenure with Sansum, Dr. Jovanovič established the Institute as a world leader in the field of pregnancy complicated by diabetes. Through her research, she established diabetes and pregnancy protocols of intensive insulin delivery that have become the standard of care for all pregnant women with diabetes worldwide.

“I am very proud that any woman with a diagnosis of diabetes can have a healthy child,” offered Dr. Jovanovič. “The whole world is paying attention to the mathematical formulas that my colleagues and I have created to improved glucose control. We’ve shown a normal glucose means a normal outcome of pregnancy. If you can learn from a pregnant woman you can apply it to anyone with diabetes,” added Dr. Jovanovič.

In addition, her work in the field of intensified insulin management and glucose monitoring for people with diabetes has led to her work on the artificial pancreas.

Dr. Jovanovič, an extraordinary teacher and mentor to aspiring physicians, has authored more than 500 books and scientific articles.  She is an internationally acclaimed speaker and has presented her research at congresses throughout the world.

Some of Dr. Jovanovič’s key contributions to the field of diabetes include:

  • Demonstrating that women with diabetes have the same chance of having a healthy baby as women without diabetes if they maintain near-normal blood sugar levels before and throughout pregnancy;
  • Work with the original Glucose-Controlled Insulin Infusion System (Biostator®) in labor and delivery, a prototype for current work on the artificial pancreas;
  • Creating a Pocket Doc insulin dosage calculator in the 1980s;
  • Co-investigator of the landmark Diabetes In Early Pregnancy study and the Diabetes Control and Complications trial.

As a part-time Physician Consultant, Dr. Jovanovič’s will continue to focus on Diabetes and Pregnancy including research, education and clinical mentorship at the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.  Dr. Jovanovič will also work with Institute Executive Director Rem Laan to develop new diabetes in pregnancy programs that will keep Sansum Diabetes Research Institute at the forefront of this important though underserved area of research. Dr. Jovanovič requests that any donations in her honor be made to Sansum Diabetes Research Institute.

ABOUT SANSUM DIABNETES RESEARCH INSTITUTE

 Our singular daily 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 U.S. physician to administer insulin in the treatment of diabetes. Sansum Diabetes Research Institute 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 education to the more than 40,000 Santa Barbara County residents impacted by the disease. The Institute also provides direct clinical care to patients, like pregnant mothers with gestational diabetes, helping them to deliver healthy babies.

 ABOUT THE WILLIAM D. SANSUM AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE:

The W.D. Sansum Award, named for Sansum founder William D. Sansum, has been presented for distinguished service to the community. First awarded in 1978, distinguished prior recipients of the W.D. Sansum Award for Science include: Dr. Yasue Omori, Dr. James Gavin, Dr. Paul Lacey, Dr. Joseph Hoet, Dr. Casimir Domz, Dr. Rachmiel Levine, Dr. Hildahl Burtness, and Dr. Peter Forsham.

David Kerr M.D. To Lead Sansum in New Wave of Diabetes Innovation

Interview on Diabetes Mine
By AmyT on February 20, 2014

Renowned endocrinologist, researcher and entrepreneur David Kerr is moving from the UK to Santa Barbara, CA, in April to become the first-ever Director of Diabetes Research and Innovation at the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute. Since 1993, he’s been the lead clinician at Royal Bournemouth Hospital, the top site for insulin pumps in the UK (although only 7% of diabetics there are pumpers).

This guy has an incredible resumé in the diabetes & technology world, from doing a stint as managing editor of the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology to creating and launching his own free online resources and mobile apps for patients. Not to mention that he’s a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and for a number of years has held a Gold Clinical Excellence Award from the UK National Health Service (NHS).

He’s quite an amazing individual to have on our team — of those devoted to improving life with diabetes! — and together with Sansum’s new executive director Rem Laan, he’s got some hugely exciting things planned at Sansum that could help galvanize diabetes innovation across the country. We talked with David to get the scoop (in his fetching Scottish accent, I should add): Click here for the rest of the interview!

MARCH OF DIMES AWARDS SANSUM DIABETES RESEARCH INSTITUTE $41,000 GRANT FOR “SEEDS OF CHANGE” (SEMILLAS DE CAMBIO) PROJECT

The leading organization in maternal and neonatal health will continue to sponsor a countywide program to help Latina women take control of their health between pregnancies

 

Seeds of Change Promotora offers nutritional information to a new mother.

Seeds of Change Promotora offers nutritional information to a new mother.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Feb 18, 2014) Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is pleased to announce that the California Chapter of the March of Dimes is funding Sansum Diabetes “Seeds of Change” (Semillas de Cambio) project.  The $41,000 grant will ensure the Sansum Diabetes program continues to promote the health of low-income Latina women between pregnancies and provide ways to prevent or control diabetes before their next pregnancy.

This is the third year March of Dimes has sponsored Sansum Diabetes “Seeds of Change.” Since the program’s inception in 2012, it has provided support to nearly 50 women in Santa Barbara County with type 2 diabetes or a history of gestational diabetes.

“Uncontrolled diabetes during pregnancy creates huge health risks for both mother and child, including birth defects, miscarriage, and an increased risk of diabetes during subsequent pregnancies or later in life,” said Rem Laan, Executive Director for Sansum Diabetes Research Institute. “We value and appreciate March of Dimes’ continued faith and investment in us to effectively deliver this vital program to women in our community.”

The “Seeds of Change” seven-week program provides support and information about diabetes, healthy eating, physical activity, breastfeeding, stress management, and family planning to Latina women who had diabetes during a previous pregnancy. The program fills a gap in local medical services by continuing to provide support after the 6-8 week postpartum medical services expire.

“Seeds of Change”—currently offered in Spanish—consists of weekly 90-minute classes. With the program in its third year, Sansum Diabetes is realizing its goal of having the program be entirely community-led, with all classes taught by women who are trained as peer health advocates, or “Promotoras.”

In the months to come, six certified Promotoras – trained by Sansum Diabetes’ staff in collaboration with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department – will continue facilitating “Seeds of Change” classes in addition to mentoring the nearly 15 women who are Promotoras-in-Training.  As the program expands, the goal is to reach more women who take part in the County’s Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Program (MCAH) and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program.

“Diabetes in pregnancy is the leading cause of birth defects in the 21st century,” says Dr. Kristin Castorino, Medical Director of the program at Sansum Diabetes Research Institute. “The Seeds of Change program is providing relevant, real-world solutions to this problem. It’s a model of how we can effectively control disease through proactive education and prevention.”

In collaboration with March of Dimes and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department’s MCAH and WIC programs, Sansum Diabetes will continue to teach mothers how they and their children can live healthier, happier lives.

About Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Our focus is to improve the health and quality of life of 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 U.S. physician to administer insulin in the treatment of diabetes.

 Sansum Diabetes Research Institute 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 education to the more than 40,000 Santa Barbara County residents impacted by the disease.  The Institute also provides direct clinical care to patients, like pregnant women with diabetes, helping them to deliver healthy babies.

 About March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for maternal and neonatal health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/marchofdimesca and www.twitter.com/modcal.

 About Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

The mission of the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is to improve the health of our communities by preventing disease, promoting wellness, and ensuring access to needed health care.

Contact:  Pamme Mickelson
Telephone: 805.682.7638, ext. 246
Contact: Erinn Lynch

Telephone: 805.570.0990/ elynch@blazepr.com

SDRI Attracts World Renowned Diabetes Expert as Research Director

dkerrSANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Jan 28, 2014)Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. David Kerr MD FRCPE, as the Director of Diabetes Research and Innovation.

Dr. Kerr was formerly the Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist at the Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre in the United Kingdom, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton, and Visiting Professor at Bournemouth University. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and for a number of years has held a Gold Clinical Excellence Award from the UK National Health Service (NHS).

“We are tremendously honored to have Dr. Kerr, his experience, and highly acclaimed expertise,” said Rem Laan, Executive Director for Sansum Diabetes Research Institute. “Dr. Kerr is passionate about diabetes care, with a particular interest in the use of technology to support people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. His amiable nature will fit in well with the Institute and the community.”

In his position Dr. Kerr will lead the diabetes research activities of the Institute, including research in artificial pancreas and pregnancy complicated by diabetes, two areas for which the Institute is internationally distinguished. In addition, Dr. Kerr will continue to pursue his research in the application of technology for diabetes care and the use of new methods of communications, including social media, to reduce the day-to-day decision-making burden for people living with diabetes, wherever they live.

“Hiring Dr. Kerr continues the Institute’s trajectory of substantial and impactful innovation in diabetes research,” says Dr. Robert Nagy, Institute Board President.  “His role with the Institute ensures that we will continue to be at the global forefront of diabetes treatment just as Dr. Sansum intended more than 70 years ago.”

Dr. Kerr is and will continue as Editor of Diabetes Digest in the UK and board member of the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. Recently he has also created free on-line resources, www.VoyageMD.com and www.Excarbs.com, the former dedicated to travel and diabetes and the latter focusing on exercise and insulin, as well as launching a smartphone app for people with diabetes complicated by painful neuropathy. Currently, Dr. Kerr is also working with the Diabetes Technology Society to create a certification program for health care professionals from outside of the US in the area of diabetes and technology.

Dr. Kerr graduated from Aberdeen University in Scotland in 1981. After completing his specialist medical training in internal medicine, diabetes and endocrinology, he spent two years in the Division of Endocrinology at Yale University in the United States before being appointed to lead the diabetes clinical service in Bournemouth in 1992. You can follow him on Twitter: @GoDiabetesMD.

ABOUT SANSUM DIABETES RESEARCH INSTITUTE:

Our singular daily focus is to improve the health and quality of life of 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 U.S. physician to administer insulin in the treatment of diabetes.

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute 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 education to the more than 40,000 Santa Barbara County residents impacted by the disease.  The Institute also provides direct clinical care to patients, like pregnant mothers with gestational diabetes, helping them to deliver healthy babies.

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute Welcomes Ada Conner as New Director of Development

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is pleased to announce that Ada Conner has joined the organization as Director of Development. She is responsible for expanding fundraising opportunities at the non-profit organization through major gift and capital campaign development, planned giving programs, as well as corporate sponsorships and donations from individuals.

 

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Ada Conner, Director of Development

Robert Nagy, M.D., President of the Board of Trustees noted that “Ms. Conner is a welcome addition to our team.  She has deep, long-standing roots in our community as well as a professional and successful fundraising background.” Executive Director Rem Laan added that “Ada understands what it takes to build sustainable non-profit funding. We are looking forward to working together to communicate our mission on a local level here in Santa Barbara as well as nationally and internationally. Her work will provide the financial support required to extend our excellent diabetes programs focusing on research, education and care.”

 

Ms. Conner’s career in community service began in 1987 when she worked with the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department in a supervisory position with senior citizens programs. In 1995, she became a Parks and Recreation Commissioner and served for sixteen years as a liaison to numerous non-profit boards and local government committees. During that time she also served on a variety of boards and committees including Board President of the Oaks Parent Child Workshop, Chair of the Peabody Charter School Site Council and Board President of the Santa Barbara Public Education Foundation. In addition, she worked with several non-profit organizations in the community as the Director of Special Olympics and as the Development Director for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. Ms. Conner worked most recently as a consultant for Collaborative Communities Foundation and served as Capital Campaign Director for the Greater Santa Barbara Ice Skating Association.

 

About Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is an internationally recognized research center devoted to the prevention, treatment and cure of diabetes. Dr. William D. Sansum, who brought renown to Santa Barbara in 1922 as the first physician in the U.S. to produce and administer life-saving insulin to patients with diabetes, founded the nonprofit organization in 1944. Today, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute remains an extraordinary place, improving the lives of people in Santa Barbara and worldwide who suffer from this serious disease.

 

Sansum Diabetes has gained global acclaim for its work to develop an artificial pancreas, its success in developing protocols to increase the incidence of healthy babies born to women with diabetes, and its work with people who have or are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Physicians and researchers continue to develop new treatment protocols for people with diabetes, including new drugs and medical devices.

 

It is our intention to use our past and present accomplishments to guide us into the future – to tap into the energy and commitment that made Sansum Diabetes Research Institute what it is today – a leader in diabetes research, education and care. For more information on Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, contact Sarah Ettman-Sterner at (805) 682-7638 or settman-sterner@sansum.org and visit www.sansum.org/.

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Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara Conduct Innovative Artificial Pancreas – Ultra-Rapid-Acting Inhaled Insulin Trial Funded by JDRF

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New York, NY and Santa Barbara, CA, September 24, 2013 – JDRF, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, and the College of Engineering at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) are pleased to announce the first successful clinical research trial using the artificial pancreas in conjunction with ultra-rapid-acting inhaled insulin. This represents a groundbreaking potential advancement in the treatment of type 1 diabetes (T1D). It establishes that the disease can be managed through a unified automated process that delivers precise amounts of insulin around the clock, based on real-time glucose measurements without the need for patient intervention, and is further enhanced and fine-tuned by the swift delivery of ultra-rapid-acting inhaled insulin during mealtimes. The artificial pancreas and inhaled insulin system work together to replicate the normal, healthy function of the human pancreas. This combination therapy has the ability to greatly improve the regulation of prandial and postprandial blood glucose levels. This research is funded by JDRF, the world’s largest non-profit supporter of T1D research.

 

Sansum Diabetes is the only site testing ultra-rapid-acting inhaled insulin in combination with the artificial pancreas. Principal

Postprandial blood glucose control during an artificial pancreas study after a meal containing 50 grams of carbohydrate with and without ultra‐rapid‐acting inhaled insulin. Graphic: The Doyle Group, University of California Santa Barbara and H. Zisser, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Postprandial blood glucose control during an artificial pancreas study after a meal containing 50 grams
of carbohydrate with and without ultra‐rapid‐acting inhaled insulin. Graphic: The Doyle Group,
University of California Santa Barbara and H. Zisser, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

investigator Howard Zisser, M.D., director of research and technology at Sansum Diabetes, acknowledged that “This study addresses one of the big questions in diabetes research, which is, ‘How do we manage meals with the artificial pancreas?’” He went on to point out, “The JDRF, Sansum Diabetes, and UCSB consortium has spent the past five years developing several approaches to an artificial pancreas to automate insulin delivery for patients with type 1 diabetes to improve glucose control throughout the day and overnight. JDRF recognizes that we can use technology to help improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes until there is a cure.”

As for this innovative study, Dr. Zisser stated: “Our preliminary results on the artificial pancreas working in tandem with the administration of mealtime ultra-fast-acting inhaled insulin are most promising. It’s very straightforward to load the inhaler device and take the insulin. There’s no needle involved and the small dose of inhaled insulin prevents the blood glucose from uprising very quickly just after eating or falling too fast an hour or two later. In this way, the subcutaneous insulin being supplied by the artificial pancreas’ pump has the chance to actually work better.”

Co-principal investigator Francis J. Doyle, III, professor of chemical engineering, Mellichamp chair in process control, and associate dean of research at UCSB explained that “The subcutaneous route of delivery is a very slow way to push insulin into the body, compared to the appearance of glucose in the blood stream following the meal. So we need a much quicker way to intervene. One way to do that is to dose with the pump, but again, you’re using a subcutaneous route of pushing insulin, which is slow compared to the way the pancreas would do this. So, by using inhaled, ultra- rapid-acting insulin, we have a chance now to manage blood glucose even better by emulating a more natural pancreatic function. We can get the insulin quickly into circulation and it will be cleared quickly and safely from the bloodstream.”

 

Aaron Kowalski, Ph.D., vice president of treatment therapies at JDRF, remarked that “The early results of this exciting study are compelling. While more data are required, this protocol represents a potentially revolutionary way of combining the artificial pancreas with a simple-to-use inhaled insulin to significantly improve blood sugar levels. We are excited that Sansum Diabetes and UCSB researchers are working together with us and continuing to push the frontiers of diabetes research forward to benefit the quality of life for people living with the disease.”

 

Click here to watch a video to learn more about the artificial pancreas system combined with ultra-rapid-acting inhaled insulin.

 

About Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

 

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is an internationally recognized research center devoted to the prevention, treatment and cure of diabetes. Dr. William D. Sansum, who brought renown to Santa Barbara in 1922 as the first physician in the U.S. to produce and administer life-saving insulin to patients with diabetes, founded the nonprofit organization in 1944.

The Institute has gained global acclaim for its work to develop an artificial pancreas, its success in developing protocols to increase the incidence of healthy babies born to women with diabetes, and its work with people with and at risk for type 2 diabetes. Physicians and researchers continue to develop new treatment protocols for people with diabetes, including new drugs and medical devices.

It is our intention to use our past and present accomplishments to guide us into the future – to tap into the energy and commitment that made Sansum Diabetes Research Institute what it is today – a worldwide leader in diabetes research, education and care.

For more information, please visit www.sansum.org

 

About the College of Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

 

The College of Engineering at UC Santa Barbara is dedicated to educating the next generation of engineering and science leaders to discover and apply breakthroughs in knowledge and technology.  UCSB Engineering is recognized globally as a leader among the top tier of engineering education and research programs. Our programs are ranked consistently among the most prestigious Engineering institutions in the world.

UCSB Engineering is renowned in the areas of materials, electrical engineering, photonics, solid state lighting, bioengineering, nanotechnology, chemical engineering, computer science, and mechanical engineering. For more information about the Doyle Group’s research, please visit http://thedoylegroup.org/biomedical-control/

 

About JDRF

 

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.

As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $530 million in scientific research in 17 countries. In 2012 alone, JDRF provided more than $110 million to T1D research. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. In 2012 Forbes magazine named JDRF one of its five All-Star charities, citing the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.

 

For more information, please visit jdrf.org.

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George B. Primbs, M.D., Receives Prestigious W. D. Sansum Award

George B. Primbs, M.D., FACS, an ophthalmologist and eye surgeon who has conducted research on the diagnosis of diabetic

Ophthalmologist George B. Primbs, M.D., (3rd from left), is the 2013 recipient of the W. D. Sansum Award for distinguished service to the community.  With him are (from left to right): Robert Nagy, M.D., Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Lois Jovanovič, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer, and Rem Laan, Executive Director.

Ophthalmologist George B. Primbs, M.D., (3rd from left), is the 2013 recipient of the W. D. Sansum Award for distinguished service to the community. With him are (from left to right): Robert Nagy, M.D., Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Lois Jovanovič, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer, and Rem Laan, Executive Director.

retinopathy and provides free eye examinations for people with diabetes and the medically underserved at the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute since 2005, has been presented the W.D. Sansum Award for distinguished service to the community.  The award is named for Dr. William D. Sansum who, in 1922, was the first physician in the United States to manufacture and administer life-saving insulin to a patient with diabetes. Dr. Sansum went on to establish a nationally renowned clinic in Santa Barbara and created Sansum Diabetes Research Institute to carry on his legacy in diabetes research, education and care.

 

Executive Director Rem Laan commented that “Dr. Primbs exemplifies many remarkable qualities that Dr. Sansum possessed.  He is a brilliant physician and researcher, an expert in diagnosing diabetic retinopathy and is fully dedicated to his patients.  He expresses great compassionate for those less fortunate and treats all patients with dignity and respect.  He is an asset to Sansum Diabetes and the entire Santa Barbara community.”

 

Dr. Primbs received his medical degree at UCLA School of Medicine and completed his surgical internship at UCLA Hospital. He earned his ophthalmology degree at UCLA Hospital after serving as an eye surgeon and Captain in the U.S. Air Force. He worked as an ophthalmologist in private practice in Santa Barbara from 1962 to 1995. Dr. Primbs has been very active in nonprofit organizations and was a founding member of SEE International in 1974.  Dr. Primbs is Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA Medical Center and a researcher at the Neuroscience Institute at University of California. He has received many awards, including the Lions Sight and Hearing Award in 1994 and the Jules Stein Eye Institute Teaching Award at UCLA in 2003.

 

About Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is an internationally recognized research center devoted to the prevention, treatment and cure of diabetes. Dr. William D. Sansum, who brought renown to Santa Barbara in 1922 as the first physician in the U.S. to produce and administer life-saving insulin to patients with diabetes, founded the nonprofit organization in 1944.  Today, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute remains an extraordinary place, improving the lives of people in Santa Barbara and worldwide who suffer from this serious disease.

 

Sansum Diabetes has gained global acclaim for its work to develop an artificial pancreas, its success in developing protocols to increase the incidence of healthy babies born to women with diabetes, and its work with people with and at risk for type 2 diabetes. Physicians and researchers continue to develop new treatment protocols for people with diabetes, including new drugs and medical devices.

 

It is our intention to use our past and present accomplishments to guide us into the future – to tap into the energy and commitment that made Sansum Diabetes Research Institute what it is today – a leader in diabetes research, education and care. For more information on Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, contact Sarah Ettman-Sterner at (805) 682-7638 or settman-sterner@sansum.org and visit www.sansum.org/.

 

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Sansum Diabetes Research Institute Welcomes New Board President Robert Nagy, M.D., Vice President Sandra Tillisch Svoboda, Executive Officers Michael J. Hopkins, Anne Patterson, Members Sharon Kennedy, Michael McColm

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is pleased to announce the election of new officers and new members to the organization’s Board of Trustees. Robert Nagy, M.D. has been elected as Board President, replacing outgoing President Ellen Goodstein, Esq, who completed her two-year tenure in June of 2013.

 

According to Ms. Goodstein, “Dr. Nagy is the perfect leader to take over the helm as Board President of the Institute. He has been a longstanding Board member and has provided excellent guidance through his work on various administrative and diabetes research committees. I leave my watch knowing that the organization is now in his capable hands.”

 

Dr. Nagy is a practicing physician in Santa Barbara.  He obtained his medical degree from University of Southern California, after

Robert Nagy, M.D., Board President, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Robert Nagy, M.D., Board President, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

graduating with a degree in biology from University of California, Los Angeles. Since 2001, Dr. Nagy has had a private practice in general and geriatric psychiatry in Santa Barbara. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at University of Southern California, a clinical instructor at the Department of Education’s Hosford Clinic at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a member of the American Medical Association, Southern California Psychiatric Society and the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Nagy joined the Sansum Diabetes Research Board of Trustees in 2008 and served as Member-at-Large on the Executive Committee, chairs the By-laws Committee and also serves on the Objectivity and Integrity in Science Committee. He is an avid cyclist, having just completed a bicycle tour of the French Riviera and has competed in short and long distance races.

 

Joining Dr. Nagy is newly elected board Vice President Sandra Tillisch Svoboda. Formerly a nurse clinician, Sandra has been a

Sandra Tillisch Svoboda, Board Vice President, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Sandra Tillisch Svoboda, Board Vice President, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Sansum Diabetes Trustee for six years. She currently is the Program Director for the Institute’s Summer Student Intern Program. She is the President of the American Orchid Society, as well as editor-in-chief of the international publication, the Orchid Digest.  She has also served as a board member of CALM, Planned Parenthood, and Camerata Pacifica.

 

Other new officers are Treasurer Michael J. Hopkins, who serves as General Counsel /Executive Vice-President for Ice Energy and Secretary Anne M. Patterson, R.D., M.P.H., who served as the Director of Nutritional Programs at the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department prior to her retirement.

 

New Board member Sharon Kennedy

New Board Trustee Sharon Kennedy

Sharon C. Kennedy has been elected as a new Board Trustee, after serving on the Institute’s Planned Giving Committee for six years, chairing it since 2012.  She is the owner of Sharon Kennedy Estate Management, a company that manages the care needs and financial affairs of its clients. Sharon is an attorney of 25 years and serves as a professional fiduciary. She is a California Licensed Professional Fiduciary at the state level and a Certified National Guardian at the national level. In addition to being a member of the California State Bar, Sharon is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Estate Planning Council and the Center for Successful Aging. Sharon is also a member of the Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Prevention Council and the Association for Senior Care.

 

Michael R. McColm has also been newly elected to the Sansum Diabetes Board of Trustees. He is a Santa Barbara native.  He has

New Board Member Michael McColm

New Board Trustee Michael R. McColm

been a merchant most of his adult life, managing the family furniture businesses, Danica House, Neuvie and, for the past 3 years, President of MichaelKate Interiors and Art Gallery. Michael attended Santa Barbara City College and the University of California, Santa Barbara. The McColm family was first introduced to Sansum Diabetes Research Institute when daughter Kate was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, three weeks before her 5th birthday. Over the past 18 years, Michael has witnessed first-hand the difference the Institute makes in the life of a child living with diabetes, providing treatment, education, and love. The staff has not only improved Kate’s quality of life, but has given her and her family hope.

 

About Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is an internationally recognized research center devoted to the prevention, treatment and cure of diabetes. Dr. William D. Sansum, who brought renown to Santa Barbara in 1922 as the first physician in the U.S. to produce and administer life-saving insulin to patients with diabetes, founded the nonprofit organization in 1944.  Today, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute remains an extraordinary place, improving the lives of people in Santa Barbara and worldwide who suffer from this serious disease.

 

Sansum Diabetes has gained global acclaim for its work to develop an artificial pancreas, its success in developing protocols to increase the incidence of healthy babies born to women with diabetes, and its work with people with and at risk for type 2 diabetes. Physicians and researchers continue to develop new treatment protocols for people with diabetes, including new drugs and medical devices.

 

It is our intention to use our past and present accomplishments to guide us into the future – to tap into the energy and commitment that made Sansum Diabetes Research Institute what it is today – a leader in diabetes research, education and care. For more information on Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, contact Sarah Ettman-Sterner at (805) 682-7638 or settman-sterner@sansum.org and visit www.sansum.org/.

 

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Sansum Diabetes Research Institute Hosts 2013 Summer Internship Program

Six academically-gifted college students from across the United States have been appointed to the Sansum Diabetes Research

The 2013 Sansum Diabetes Research Institute summer research interns are (left to right): Joshua Kalish, Homaira Zaman, Kara Lu, Sophie Pollack, Adrian Cotarelo and Andrew Thorne.  Photo: Peter Hung, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute.

The 2013 Sansum Diabetes Research Institute summer research interns are (left to right): Joshua Kalish, Homaira Zaman, Kara Lu, Sophie Pollack, Adrian Cotarelo and Andrew Thorne. Photo: Peter Hung, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute.

Institute summer internship program.  The rigorous, five-week program, which began on Monday, July 1st, continues through Friday, August 9th. Funding for the program comes from The Donald and Coeta Barker Foundation endowment fund, in addition to endowment funds from the Helen Close Foundation, the Parson Foundation, and the Robert Demott Fund.

 

According to Rem Laan, Sansum Diabetes Executive Director, “This year’s class is a diverse, highly-qualified group of young science scholars.  They were selected from a competitive field of over 60 applicants. The program, which has been in existence for more than twenty years, offers interns a rare opportunity to deeply experience our research, education and care programs that support our mission to prevent, treat and cure diabetes. We see the program as vital to supporting the next generation of caring physicians skilled in managing and preventing diabetes in their patients.”

 

Directed by Board Vice President Sandra Tillisch Svoboda, interns participate in a weekly journal club where they learn to critically evaluate scientific literature, attend presentations on all aspects of diabetes given by staff, visiting scientists, and practicing physicians in the community, shadow doctors in a wide-range of specialty practices, and participate in discussions on current issues in medicine.

 

Virtually all previous Sansum Diabetes interns have gone on to medical school or graduate school, attending some of the finest institutions in the nation, including Vanderbilt University, University of Pennsylvania and University of California, San Francisco. Some former interns have specialized in endocrinology and diabetes.  They become experts in diabetes research and treatment protocols, thus expanding Sansum Diabetes Research Institute’s reach and helping to improve the lives of people with diabetes around the world.

 

Our 2013 interns include:

 

Adrian Cotarelo

College attending: The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Major: Public Health Studies

Minor: Spanish for the Professions

Background experiences: EMS, research, and the field of public health

Future Plans: Plans to attend medical school, but planning to first apply to the Masters of Health Science Epidemiology program at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

 

Joshua Kalish

College attending: Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Major: Mathematics

Background experiences: Helped implement electronic medical records for three physicians’ offices and shadowed physicians. Involved in creating a nonprofit organization that helps support and comfort patients undergoing treatment with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.

Future Plans: Clinical practice

 

Kara Lu

College attending: Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

Major: Biology

Minor: Computer Science

Background experiences: Spent a year working in an evolutionary genetics lab sequencing and genotyping DNA for various weevil populations in the Galapagos Islands. Interned at MedImmune, LLC., which gave her experience in learning and adapting to new techniques and technology in an industry setting. Had a position in the Human-Computer Interaction lab where the research centered around the role of computers in synthetic biology.

Future Plans: Clinical practice

 

Andrew Thorne

College attending: UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Major: Public Health

Background experiences: Worked in rural Honduras doing public health and medical volunteer work. Has been a research assistant developing skills in transfection, cell culture, and immunohistochemistry.

Future Plans: Medical school

 

Homaira Zaman

College attending: UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA (graduated 6/13)

Major: Biochemistry

Background experiences: Volunteer in the oncology department of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Emergency room, GVCH, shadowed pediatrics and internal medicine at Sansum Clinic. Worked in the Hayton Lab, UCSB, investigating possible new methods of carbon-nitrogen bond formation. Most recently investigated the scope of copper-mediated catalysis.

Future Plans: Medical school

 

Sophie Pollack

College attending: UCLA

Major: Psychobiology

Background experiences: UCLA Care Extenders Medical Internship. Intern on Liver Transplant Floor, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, and Emergency Department UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital and UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica