2008 Archive

December 2008

ER Stress in Beta Cells May Help to Cause Type 2 Diabetes -
Diabetes Center researcher and San Francisco General Hospital endocrinologist Feroz Papa, MD, PhD is fascinated with the emergency care that is provided by a cell’s endoplasmic reticulum (ER) – coincidentally the same abbreviation and even the same function as an emergency room of a hospital.
Interleukin-2 Protein May Be at Fault for Causing Type 1 Diabetes -
Qizhi Tang, PhD and her colleagues have known through animal studies that diabetes is caused by an imbalance in the number of immune cell populations – effector “bad” T cells increase while regulatory “good” T cells decrease.
Stem Cell Research: Transforming Medicine -
On November 20th , UCSF held a panel discussion on stem cell research that was moderated by KQED Radio’s Michael Krasny, PhD.
Physician Researcher Leads National Study to Stop Beta Cell Destruction -
 UCSF Pediatric Diabetes Program Director Steve Gitelman, MD has partnered with the Immune Tolerance Network (ITN) to launch a study involving ATG , or anti-thymocyte globulin, to see if this drug can halt the progression of new onset type 1 diabetes.

November 2008

Diabetes Reversed in Mouse Model -
Last week, UCSF researchers published a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) that showed that two common cancer drugs can reverse type 1 diabetes at the time of onset in a diabetic mouse model.
Iacocca Foundation Funds Embryonic Stem Cell Therapies - Without the Embryos -
In recent breakthroughs, researchers have developed a process for reprogramming fully grown adult cells back into something akin to embryonic stem cells, called induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells.
California Court Issues Ruling Involving Diabetes Care in the Schools -
On Friday, November 13, a California Superior Court Judge ruled against a provision of an agreement between the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the California Department of Education that would ensure students are provided appropriate care in the classroom.
New School of Cells Discovered That Educate Immune System -
James (“Jay”) Gardner is an “up and comer” in the field of diabetes – and someone you will want to watch with interest in the coming years.
Thousands With Diabetes Helped By New Educational Website -
A new educational resource for diabetes is now available on the Internet, thanks to the UCSF Diabetes Teaching Center (DTC).