76 Years of Medical Progress

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) in Santa Barbara, California, is a global leader in diabetes research. SDRI has been on the cutting edge of diabetes research, education, and clinical care since our founding in 1944 by Dr. William Sansum, the first U.S. physician to manufacture and administer insulin in the treatment of diabetes.

With an established world class reputation for innovation in the field of type 1 diabetes including the artificial pancreas system and diabetes in pregnancy, SDRI is broadening its area of expertise to address a range of issues in type 2 diabetes in an effort to address this growing epidemic.

Our Mission

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people impacted by diabetes through research, education, and care.

What we do

At Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) transparency to our donors is critical. SDRI has earned the highest ratings available from two independent charity evaluators, a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guide Star. These ratings demonstrate SDRI’s excellent governance and financial accountability.


March E-Newsletter

March E-Newsletter

Learn more about what Sansum Diabetes Research Institute has been up to this month!

A Sense of Security

A Sense of Security

(Photo credit: Santa Barbara News-Press) The Santa Barbara News-Press covered Sansum Diabetes Research Institute's COVID-19 vaccine distribution. To view the article click here, or read full article below. A Sense of Security by Madison Hirneisen On Friday morning,...



Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) has begun distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to Santa Barbara’s diabetes community, specifically older Hispanic/Latino adults living with diabetes. The first vaccine doses administered by SDRI were given on January 27, 2021....


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