The work started by Dr. William Sansum 75 years ago continues today!

Terra | Sansum Diabetes Research InstituteWilliam David Sansum, M.D., was a pioneer in American diabetes research. In 1922, he was the first U.S. physician to successfully refine insulin and administer it to a patient right here in Santa Barbara. Dr. Sansum founded Sansum Diabetes Research Institute in 1944 to continue his quest to improve the lives of those with diabetes.

The Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) has been on the cutting edge of diabetes research, clinical care, and education since our founding. 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. The artificial pancreas can help in controlling blood sugar levels and reducing the risk of hypoglycemia in people with type 1 diabetes.

Under the leadership of Dr. Jordan Pinsker, we are currently running a series of studies evaluating fully automated insulin delivery systems in people with type 1 diabetes. These studies involve a computer platform coordinating information from a continuous glucose sensor and an insulin pump. Areas of focus for our current artificial pancreas trials include exercise, meal planning and announcement, and comparison of different controller algorithms. In addition, we are currently performing home trials of artificial pancreas technology.