PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, October 16, 2015

Together We Triumph Luncheon to Honor Rep. Lois Capps

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – October 12, 2015 – William Sansum Diabetes Center (WSDC) will honor Congresswoman Lois Capps with its first ever “Diabetes Hero Award” at its November 6th Together We Triumph Luncheon.

The award was created to recognize those who make a significant contribution to furthering the understanding and management of diabetes, which affects more than one out of ten people in the U.S.

Rep. Capps has long been a champion in the battle against diabetes. She has fought for improved research on the disease, supporting treatment innovations and efforts to get clinical breakthroughs into practice.

As one of the few nurses in Congress, she has championed prevention and wellness to get at the root of many diabetes diagnoses, while working to improve access to high quality care for individuals with the condition. Through her work on the Affordable Care Act, she helped ensure individuals with diabetes cannot be barred from health insurance or kicked off their existing plan due to their health status.

A member of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, Rep. Capps has been a strong partner over the years in the efforts to bring the artificial pancreas to fruition. The nine-term congresswoman was also instrumental in securing a $2.25 million three-year research grant for WSDC from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant allowed Sansum Diabetes to continue its work on diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic research, focusing specifically on Type 1 diabetes and the creation of an implantable artificial pancreas (AP).

“This research grant has enabled us to move out of the laboratory and into the homes of individuals now testing our AP system in their daily lives,” said David Kerr, MD FRCPE, Director of Research and Innovation.

“Thanks to Lois Capps, who has both raised awareness of our ground breaking research in partnership with UCSB and helped provide the financial muscle that has allowed our research to progress, we are on the verge of making AP accessible to the millions of people with Type 1 diabetes struggling to maintain control of their blood sugar levels to prevent the devastating complications of diabetes,” continued Kerr.


Together We Triumph Luncheon
Friday, November 6, 2015, 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Fess Parker Double Tree Hotel, Santa Ynez Room
633 East Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara
No charge: donations appreciated
(805) 682-7638, ext. 246

The Together We Triumph event offers supporters and community leaders an opportunity to learn more about WSDC, its initiatives, and how it is making a positive impact in the lives of every individual living with or at risk of diabetes.

Event sponsorship opportunities are available; for more information please contact Jessica Lehner at 805-682-7640, ext. 246 or


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.

WSDC 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 Type 2 diabetes, the WSDC offers education to the more than 40,000 Santa Barbara County residents impacted by the disease. The WSDC also provides direct clinical care to patients, like pregnant mothers with gestational diabetes, helping women to deliver healthy babies.


Jessica Lehner
(805) 682-7638, ext. 246

William Sansum Diabetes Center

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