Research Institute Launches Open House & Tour Program

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute building

The program is geared for those interested in learning about our cutting edge research, education and outreach programs to prevent, treat and cure diabetes in Santa Barbara and around the world.

Alison Okada Wollitzer, Ph.D, Interim Administrator states that “The Open House and Tour program provides an excellent opportunity to educate the public about our local and global mission. Visitors to our facility are fascinated to learn about our groundbreaking work in developing the artificial pancreas and our initiatives to provide diabetes education and outreach to underserved, medically uninsured and youth populations in Santa Barbara.”

According to Ellen Goodstein, Board President, “Visitors are thrilled to tour our beautiful facility, meet our staff team and go behind the scenes to see how we are really making a difference in conquering diabetes for people everywhere. Of particular interest is the chance to find out how we help people with diabetes through the lifespan and what actually goes on during an artificial pancreas clinical trial.”

Upcoming dates for Open House and Tour sessions are November 8, 29 and December 13; the 2013 schedule will be announced at a later date. Sessions begin promptly at 4:00 p.m. To reserve a place, please contact Jeannine Glockler, Fund Development Officer at (805) 682-7638, ext. 248.

About Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is an internationally recognized research center devoted to the prevention, treatment and cure of diabetes. Dr. William D. Sansum, who brought renown to Santa Barbara in 1922 as the first physician in the U.S. to produce and administer life-saving insulin to patients with diabetes, founded the nonprofit organization in 1944. Today, under the leadership of Lois Jovanovič, M.D., Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is an innovative organization, where diabetes research, nutrition, education, and diabetes prevention have improved the lives of people worldwide who suffer from this serious disease.

The Institute has gained global acclaim for its work to develop an artificial pancreas, its success in developing protocols to increase the incidence of healthy babies born to women with diabetes, and its work with people with and at risk for type 2 diabetes. Physicians and researchers continue to develop new treatment protocols for people with diabetes, including new drugs and medical devices.

It is our intention to use our past and present accomplishments to guide us into the future – to tap into the energy and commitment that made Sansum Diabetes Research Institute what it is today – a global leader in diabetes research, prevention, and treatment. For more information on Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, contact Sarah Ettman-Sterner at (805) 682-7638 or and visit click here.


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