2005 Archive

December 2005

Scientists Directly View Immune Cells Interacting to Avert Autoimmunity -
Using a new form of microscopy to penetrate living lymph nodes, UCSF scientists have for the first time viewed immune cells at work, helping clarify how T cells control autoimmunity.

August 2005

Where is the Cure? -
An editorial by Dr. Stephen Gitelman:  I am often asked the question, “Where is the cure for diabetes?” As a pediatrician, I think the ultimate cure for diabetes will be prevention. Why can’t we prevent someone from getting diabetes in the first place? To answer that, we need to first determine if we can predict who is going to get type 1 diabetes.
Diabetes Center's Matthias Hebrok to Lead International Beta Cell Regeneration Team -
Diabetes Center researcher and stem cell expert Dr. Matthias Hebrok, PhD has been picked to help lead an international “dream team” of researchers that will search for ways of coaxing beta cells to regenerate themselves.

July 2005

UCSF Ranks Fourth Overall in NIH Research Funding -
UCSF was the fourth-largest recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research dollars in 2004, receiving a total of $438.
UCSF Drug Continues to Fend off Progression of Type 1 Diabetes -
A publication in the June issue of the scientific journal Diabetes showed that a 2-week therapy with the drug hOKT3gamma1(Ala-Ala) slows the progression of type 1 diabetes for at least two years after treatment.

May 2005

New Hope in the Battle against Hypoglycemia -
For patients with diabetes, their family members and friends, nothing is more frightening than a hypoglycemic or low blood sugar episode.

April 2005

The Diabetes Stem Cell Pipeline: UCSF's Strategic Plan for the Future -
Most families affected by diabetes recognize that islet transplantation represents a very real opportunity for a cure for diabetes.
Online Organ and Tissue Donor Registry - Have you Signed Up? -
Are you aware of the following shocking statistics?Nearly 100,000 American men, women and children currently await life-saving transplants, a large percentage of whom have diabetes;Approximately 18,000 Californians are waiting for an organ transplant, nearly 20% of the total number of patients waiting for a transplant -- and a second chance at life;Every 13 minutes another name is added to the national transplant waiting list;An average of 17 people dies each day waiting for an organ transplant.

February 2005

Diabetes Center Scientist Identifies Protein as Possible Cause of Type 2 Diabetes -
The Diabetes Center’s Dr. Ira Goldfine and his team believe they have identified one of the major proteins causing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
Long-time Diabetes Center Associates among UCSF's Newest Institute of Medicine members -
Last fall, three UCSF professors who are long-time associates of the Diabetes Center both received one of the nation's highest honors in the fields of medicine and health.