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

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. They also report that macrophages affect both beta cell function and replication through different mechanisms. Read More

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

Researchers at the UC San Diego's Pediatric Diabetes Research Center identified immune cells that can restore immune tolerance in type 1 diabetes. Targeting these immune cells could be a therapeutic strategy for preventing this diseaseRead More

Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine identified pathways that regulate pancreatic beta cell (pictured in green) growth. These cells help maintain normal blood glucose levels by producing the hormone insulinRead More

KyleGaulton_formal.jpgThe NIH awards PDRC researchers, Drs. Maike Sander, and Kyle Gaulton, and UCSD colleagues $3.3 million to link T1D to its genetic origins.           Read More

Director's Message

“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