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A Dream. A Goal. A Promise:

Defeat Type 1 Diabetes

A Dream. A Goal.
A Promise: 
Defeat Type 1 Diabetes

The Pediatric Diabetes Research Center (PDRC) at UC San Diego brings together innovative research scientists and clinicians focused on uncovering new knowledge about type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications and translating those discoveries into improved therapies and possible cures.  ​

Our Mission

We want to improve the quality of life for those with diabetes through groundbreaking research in the prevention, treatment and cure of type 1 diabetes; and by providing optimal​, compassionate clinical care and education.​​​

News Flash

University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers have been awarded nearly $9 million to fund two multi-institutional research projects that use human pluripotent stem cells, CRISPR and human organoids to dissect beta cell defects and create a human cell model of type 1 diabetes aimed at identifying the elusive cellular actions leading to disease onset. Read More

pancreatic isletsPictured are blood vessels in green and islets (cell nuclei) in magenta.

How immune system influences insulin-producing beta cells remains poorly understood. A new study led by Wenxian Fu, Assistant Professor at the Pediatric Diabetes Research Center and Jerrold Olefsky, Professor in the Department of Medicine show that macrophages, a special subset of immune cells, dominate obesity-associated inflammation in pancreatic islets.  Read More

Multi-million dollar grant will fund human atlas aimed at identifying changes leading to type 1 diabetes. Read More


“At the Pediatric Diabetes Research Center, our focus is on collaboration and translational medicine for a greater cause. It's not about who discovers the cure for diabetes first. It's about finding the cure - fast." ​​​

Maike Sander Maike Sander, MD


Pediatric Diabetes
Research Center