About Us


Left to Right: Intern Katie Tovar, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), Intern Amy Chen and SDRI Executive Director Ellen Goodstein


Our Mission: 
Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of diabetes through research, education and care. 

Today, under the leadership of Ellen Goodstein, Esq. and the Board of Trustees, the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute remains an extraordinary place, where research, education and care have improved the lives of people worldwide who are impacted by this serious disease.
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 (SDRI) 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 Type 2 diabetes, the SDRI offers education to the more than 40,000 Santa Barbara County residents impacted by the disease. The Sansum Diabetes Research Institute also provides direct clinical care to patients, like pregnant mothers with gestational diabetes, helping women to deliver healthy babies.
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 the
Sansum Diabetes Research Institute what it is today – a worldwide leader in diabetes research, education and care.