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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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

12th Annual Taste of the Vine & Auction, Saturday, August 17, 2013, Benefit to Raise Funds for Diabetes Research, Education and Care

(SANTA BARBARA, CA) – Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is pleased to host its popular fundraiser, the 12th Annual Taste of

the Vine & Auction, on Saturday, August 17, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the QAD, Inc. headquarters on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Summerland. Event proceeds support diabetes research, education, and care.

 

The event features a spectacular view, music by Society Jazz, and a live auction led by honorary auctioneer Geoff Green, Executive Director of the Fund for Santa Barbara. Attendees will be able to partake in delectable food, fine wines and hand-crafted beer from over 40 of the Central Coast’s best purveyors. There will be a silent auction with outstanding items including meals at restaurants, spa treatments, and exceptional wines.

 

New at the event this year is a special VIP reception available to VIP ticket holders and top level sponsors. This reception will feature wines from Foley Family Wines and specialty catered food beginning at 2:00 PM, in addition to a sneak peak of the auction items and other vendors prior to opening.

 

Rabobank, N.A. is the Estate Sponsor. Other top sponsors to date include the Bialis Family Foundation, Thomas S. Crawford, Jr. and Nancy Crawford, Jim and Amy Sloan, Henry Bull Foundation, Bradley Herrema and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, Foley Family Wines, Montecito Bank & Trust, Angelina Trujillo, M.D., The Inserra Family, The Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation, Union Bank, Anchor Point IT Systems, The Boyd Family, Tim and Louise Casey, Cottage Health System, Alexander DePaoli, M.D., MichaelKate Interiors and Eyman Parker Insurance Brokers.

 

VIP tickets are $125.00 each.  Please note that general admission tickets priced at $90.00 are sold out as of August 5, 2013. Tickets may be purchased online at www.sansum.org or at the door on the day of the event if not sold out. For more information call Pamme Mickelson, Special Events Coordinator at (805) 682-7638 ext. 246.

 

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, where diabetes research, nutrition, education, and diabetes prevention have improved the lives of people 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 worldwide leader in diabetes research, prevention, and treatment. 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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