Artificial Pancreas

The work started by Dr. William Sansum continues today!

Dr. Sansum, 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 (SDRI) in 1944 to continue his quest to improve the lives of those with diabetes. Today SDRI enjoys an international reputation for research and innovation in the field of diabetes, including the artificial pancreas system for type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and diabetes in pregnancy.

SDRI continues our pioneering work on the artificial pancreas to break down the barriers to optimal utilization of the the artificial pancreas technology, particularly through a better understanding of how nutrition science can improve the effectiveness of the artificial pancreas technology.

Under the leadership of Dr. Jordan Pinsker, we are currently running a series of studies evaluating fully automated insulin delivery systems in people with 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.