PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, September 19, 2014

William Sansum Diabetes Center announces retirement of Alison Okada Wollitzer, Ph.D.

William Sansum Diabetes Center announces retirement of
Alison Okada Wollitzer, Ph.D.
Dr. Wollitzer served the Center and the community for over 20 years
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Sept. 19, 2014 - Alison Okada Wollitzer, Ph.D., has retired from the William Sansum Diabetes Center (formerly Sansum Diabetes Research Institute) after more than 20 years of service.

“We appreciate Dr. Wollitzer’s outstanding contributions to the Center over her distinguished career,” said Robert Nagy, M.D., president of the board of trustees. “We thank her for her many years of service and for her dedication to our mission to improve the lives of diabetes patients around the world.”

Dr. Wollitzer first joined the Center as research administrator in 1987, serving until 1995. She returned in 1998, rising to director of research administration and operations in 2008. During her tenure, she oversaw the submission and subsequent administration of numerous research grant applications to the NIH, JDRF and other major funders, secured and implemented project funding from local and regional foundations, and directed and/or collaborated on research and outreach projects involving youth and the underserved. She was a founding member of Partners for Fit Youth, Gold Coast Collaborative for Health and Fitness, and the Community Wellness Coalition. Wollitzer served as Interim Administrator in 2012.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to work at the Center,” declared Wollitzer. “I look forward to following its new initiatives in diabetes research, education, and care.”

Dr. Wollitzer received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree from the University of Paris, and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. She previously held positions at the University of California, San Francisco; University of California, Berkeley; and Cottage Health System. She is the developer of a nationally marketed software program for Institutional Review Boards.

Our singular daily focus is to improve the health and quality of life of men, women and children in Santa Barbara County - and millions around the world - who suffer from diabetes. 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.

William Sansum Diabetes Center 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 diabetes, the Center offers education to the more than 40,000 Santa Barbara County residents impacted by the disease. The Center also provides direct clinical care to patients, like pregnant mothers with gestational diabetes, helping them to deliver healthy babies.

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