Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

75 Years of Progress

aka SDRI   |   Santa Barbara, CA   |  www.sansum.org

Mission

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people impacted by diabetes through research, education, and care.

Ruling year info

2020

Executive Director

Ms. Ellen M. Goodstein Esq.

Main address

2219 Bath St

Santa Barbara, CA 93105 USA

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Formerly known as

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

EIN

95-1684086

NTEE code info

Specifically Named Diseases Research (H80)

Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.) (U50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people impacted by diabetes through research, education, and care. SDRI is a global leader in diabetes research.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Diabetes Research

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute has been at the forefront of helping to improve the lives of people living with diabetes since its creation in 1944. With an established world class reputation for innovation in the field of artificial pancreas and diabetes in pregnancy, the Institute has ambitious plans to broaden its area of technological expertise to positively impact multiple areas to allow people living with the condition to spend less time thinking about diabetes but maintaining great control.

We are continuing to develop new and innovative approaches to the education of people with diabetes and their families and providers of healthcare in partnership with academic institutions, specialist diabetes centers and primary care colleagues.

Population(s) Served

William David Sansum, M.D., was a pioneer in American diabetes research. In 1922, he was the first U.S. physician to successfully refine insulin and administer it to a patient right here in Santa Barbara. Dr. Sansum founded Sansum Diabetes Research Institute in 1944 to continue his quest to improve the lives of those with diabetes.

The Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) has been on the cutting edge of diabetes research, clinical care, and education since our founding. SDRI 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. The artificial pancreas can help in controlling blood sugar levels and reducing the risk of hypoglycemia in people with type 1 diabetes.

Under the leadership of Dr. Jordan Pinsker, we are currently running a series of studies evaluating fully automated insulin delivery systems in people with type 1 diabetes. These studies involve a computer platform coordinating information from a continuous glucose sensor and an insulin pump. Areas of focus for our current artificial pancreas trials include exercise, meal planning and announcement, and comparison of different controller algorithms. In addition, we are currently performing home trials of artificial pancreas technology.

Population(s) Served

SDRI's type 1 diabetes (T1D) programs were created to provide those impacted by diabetes a space where they can feel supported and understood. Our goal is to provide social, emotional and practical support to anyone in the T1D community. We have a team of experts that work hard to provide practical and up to date information and programs for the T1D community.

Our programs include:
Monthly support group, OneTalk
Pediatric Family Events
Coffee & Conversations
Mentorship Program
T1D College Program

Population(s) Served

Ocho Pasos a la Buena Salud is an 8-week diabetes self-management education series. Topics include healthy eating, meal planning, and preparation, as well as identifying risk factors, symptoms, and complications of diabetes. Health outcomes are tracked over the course of the series and have proven the effectiveness of the Ocho Pasos program. Classes are offered in Spanish.

Population(s) Served

Farming for Life is a program developed by the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) to explore the “food as medicine” concept in the context of type 2 diabetes and food insecurity. In this program, locally grown organic vegetables from Fairview Gardens and John Givens Organic Farm will be prescribed by physicians to low-income Latino people with type 2 diabetes once a week for twelve weeks. Participants will receive and fulfill all prescriptions at the Food Farmacy housed within the Unity Shoppe of Santa Barbara. Blood glucose and other health and socioeconomic metrics will be collected at the beginning and end of the program to assess overall success.

Population(s) Served

SDRI's program, Mil Familias is an innovative ten-year initiative to improve the lives of Latino families affected by diabetes through research, education, and care. This initiative is led by the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute and supported by a diverse consortium of allies from around the nation.

The Mil Familias strategy is to understand why diabetes is so common among Latino families, and then establish education, prevention, and treatment interventions to reverse the upward trend of this disease. We are engaging 1,000 Latino families from the Central Coast of California in this journey, supported by especialistas, data, interventions, and allies along the way.

Population(s) Served

The Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong program designed for people with prediabetes and for people who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes and want to lower their risk.

The program helps participants achieve moderate weight loss by eating well and being active. The goal is for participants to lose at least 5-7% of their starting weight and get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.

Population(s) Served

SDRI developed the protocol for pregnancy and diabetes that is used locally and globally. Last year SDRI treated 145 pregnant women who lived with diabetes during pregnancy. Before the advent of insulin in 1922, no infant of a mother with diabetes survived. Even after insulin became commercially available, the outcome of pregnancies complicated by diabetes was still bleak; less than 10% of the infants survived. Those infants who did survive suffered metabolic problems along with growth and developmental delay.

​Giving birth to a healthy baby requires tremendous effort by the mother-to-be. One in 10 pregnancies is complicated by diabetes*, putting both mom and baby at risk of serious complications including miscarriages, birth defects, preeclampsia, and stillbirths. Working with a physician who specializes in diabetes and pregnancy greatly reduces the risk of any complication.

Some of our current areas of work include working with Cottage Health to determine the importance of education and intervention of pregnant women with gestational diabetes. We also are collaborating with Cal Poly Family Health Research and Brown University Weight Control & Diabetes Research Center to analyze treatment plans that may reduce recurrence of gestational diabetes. SDRI is also a California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program (CDAPP) Sweet Success Affiliate.

Population(s) Served

Our Promotores de Salud (Community Health Workers) Training Program provides professional development opportunities for Promotores, to equip them with the skills necessary to engage the local Spanish speaking community in culturally relevant classes to improve health awareness and implement positive change in their own lives. This program is currently in the process of being formally certified by the AADE.

The Promotores are involved with both educational and research programs. They teach classes, perform A1c’s and biometrics, provide support with research studies, and are vital to the following programs: Ocho Pasos, Mobile Health Screening, Diabetes Prevention Program, Nutrition and Cooking, and Mil Familias.

Population(s) Served

Our weekly Nutrition Classes are a resource for individuals with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes to help identify changes that can be made to improve diabetes self-care. Our cooking classes are held monthly and promote healthy cooking for diabetes through a cooking demonstration, interactive conversation, and new recipes. Classes are offered in English and Spanish.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of works published from new writers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Diabetes Research

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of patients who participated in clinical research trials

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Diabetes Research

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Patients participated in clinical research for all types of diabetes.

Number of clinical research trials conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Diabetes Research

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

SDRI has been on the forefront on diabetes research since our founding 1944. Many of our studies in 2018 resulted in FDA approval of medical devices.

Number of pregnant women who received care at SDRI with diabetes and delivered healthy babies

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

SDRI's former Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Lois Jovanovic, developed the protocol for pregnancy and diabetes that is used locally and globally.

Number of participants enrolled in our pilot studies at SDRI

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We had 2 innovative pilot programs for type 2 diabetes. 107 participants enrolled in our Mil Familias pilot program, and 23 enrolled in our Farming For Life pilot program in 2018.

Number of patients who received clinical care for diabetes at SDRI

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are continuing to develop new and innovative approaches to the education of people with diabetes and their families and providers of healthcare in partnership with academic institutions, specialist diabetes centers and primary care colleagues.

Groundbreaking research

The Sansum Diabetes Research Institute has been at the forefront of helping to improve the lives of people living with diabetes since its creation in 1944. With an established world class reputation for innovation in the field of artificial pancreas and diabetes in pregnancy, the Institute has ambitious plans to broaden its area of technological expertise to positively impact multiple areas to allow people living with the condition to spend less time thinking about diabetes but maintaining great control.

The Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) has been on the cutting edge of diabetes research, clinical care and education since our founding. SDRI 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. The artificial pancreas can help in controlling blood sugar levels and reducing the risk of hypoglycemia in people with type 1 diabetes.

SDRI developed the protocol for pregnancy and diabetes that is used locally and globally. Last year SDRI treated 145 pregnant women who lived with diabetes during pregnancy. Before the advent of insulin in 1922, no infant of a mother with diabetes survived. Even after insulin became commercially available, the outcome of pregnancies complicated by diabetes was still bleak; less than 10% of the infants survived. Those infants who did survive suffered metabolic problems along with growth and developmental delay.

​Giving birth to a healthy baby requires tremendous effort by the mother-to-be. One in 10 pregnancies is complicated by diabetes*, putting both mom and baby at risk of serious complications including miscarriages, birth defects, preeclampsia, and still births. Working with a physician who specializes in diabetes and pregnancy greatly reduces the risk of any complication.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Board of directors
as of 6/1/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Alex DePaoli

NGM Biopharmaceuticals

Term: 2017 - 2019

Curt Cruthirds

Rabobank

George Emerson

First Pacific National

Alexander DePaoli

NGM Biopharmaceuticals

Pierre Wiltzius

UCSB

Ronald Fox

Retired

Robert Nagy

Psychiatrist

Bruce Anticouni

Anticouni & Associates

Joan Arnold

Arnold Designs

Anthony Castillo

Alliance Wealth Strategies

Elena Engel

Film / Audio Producer

Steven Jung

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Norman Kurland

Retired

Mathew Rowe

Morgan Stanley

Sandra Svoboda

Retired

kenneth Waxman

Endocrinologist

Brad Webb

Vision Biosciences

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No