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ABOUT US

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 Ellen Goodstein, the William Sansum Diabetes Center remains an extraordinary place, where research, education and care have improved the lives of people worldwide who are impacted by this serious disease.

The Center has gained international recognition 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. New drugs and medical devices are clinically tested to ensure their efficacy and safety.

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 the William Sansum Diabetes Center what it is today – a worldwide leader in diabetes research, education and care.

 

About Us-2-HistoryDr. William D. Sansum at the time he established the Sansum Clinic at Cottage Hospital in 1928.

HISTORY

Dr. William David Sansum, founder of the William Sansum Diabetes Center, was born in 1880. He started pursuing his goal of being a doctor at Rush Medical College at the University of Chicago. Cottage Hospital’s board of trustees invited him to Santa Barbara to become the new Director of the Potter Metabolic Clinic.

While Dr. Sansum was pursuing diabetes research in the early 1920’s, other researches were doing the same and successfully treated animals and ultimately humans with an extract they developed. They named their extract “insulin”, from the Latin for “island”, referring to the Islets of Langerhans found in the pancreas. In Santa Barbara, Dr. Sansum decided to pursue the same direction— the production of insulin from animal pancreases. Researchers everywhere were trying to develop better methods and to increase purity and strength for use in humans with limited amounts of insulin available. On May 31, 1922; after two years of research the first American patient was injected with U.S.-made insulin at the Potter Clinic.

In 1928, Dr. Sansum decided to form his own clinic group with a staff of five. Later, Dr. Sansum was encouraged to build a clinic on Pueblo Street. Dr. Sansum retired from active practice in 1942, but continued his research efforts. In 1944 he founded the Sansum Clinic Foundation. Later the Foundation’s name was changed to Sansum Medical Research Foundation and to Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, and is currently the William Sansum Diabetes Center.

In 1947 Dr. Sansum began work on a new vision that was thirty years ahead of his time– pancreatic cell transplantation. A year later he suffered a stroke and died. After Dr. Sansum’s death, the clinic was reorganized and purchased by six of the doctors on the staff. The research foundation, headed by Dr. Alfred Koehler, continued to work on the projects that Dr. Sansum had been involved in.

In 1966 a two-story building that still houses the William Sansum Diabetes Center today was built with a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Harry Morrison and others. Full-scale diabetes research began soon thereafter in the Morrison Laboratories under Dr. Donald McMillan.

Although much has happened since 1920, one thing has not changed– the goal to cure diabetes, or at least to alleviate the problems caused by this devastating disease. The legacy continues today under the leadership of Ellen Goodstein, who was appointed Interim Executive Director in 2015.


 

staff and board photo 11.2015

Staff

Silvia Alvarez
Clinical Medical Assistant

Sandy Andrews, RD, CDE, CPT
Director of Education

Wendy Bevier, PhD
Clinical Research Associate

Paige Bradley
Clinical Research Coordinator

Connor Bui
Clinical Research Assistant

Taylor Carson
Clinical Research Assistant

Kristin Castorino, DO
Research Physician

Mei Mei Church, NP
Clinical Research Nurse Practitioner

Mary Conneely
Diabetes Educator

Ada Conner
Director of Development

Donna Frase
Certified Clinical Research
Coordinator

Jeannine Glockler
Donor Development Associate

Ellen Goodstein
Executive Director

Miguel Grijalva
Building Maintenance

Tyler Jean
Clinical Research Assistant

Louise Keeler
Regulatory Assistant

David Kerr, MD FRCPE
Director of Research and Innovation

Hari Kota
Clinical Research Assistant

Jenny Martinez
Project Coordinator

Leonie Mattison, MBA, DBA
Director of Clinical Research
Operations & Major Grants

Nicole Neal
Accountant

Jordan Pinsker, MD
Senior Research Physician
Pediatric Endocrinologist

Crystal Sanker
Human Resources and Facilities Manager

Adjunct Investigators

Eyal Dassau, PhD
Adjunct Senior Investigator
Research Associate, Bioengineering
Harvard University

Lauren Huyett
Adjunct Research Associate
Dept. of Chemical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara

Francis J. Doyle III, PhD
Adjunct Senior Investigator
Dean, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University

Alejandro Jose Laguna Sanz
Adjunct Investigator
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara

Dale E. Seborg,
Adjunct Senior Investigator
Professor Emeritus, Research Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara

Joon-Bok Lee, PhD
Adjunct Research Associate
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara

Sunil A. Deshpande, PhD
Adjunct Investigator
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara

Angelina Trujillo, MD, FACE
Adjunct Senior Investigator
Endocrinologist, Belle Mead, New Jersey

Ravi Gondhalekar, PhD
Adjunct Investigator
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara

Ian Duncan, FSA FIA FCIA MAAA
Adjunct Investigator
Department of Statistics and Applied Probability
University of California, Santa Barbara

Marcilio Da Silva
Adjunct Research Associate
Dept. of Chemical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara

Brigid Ehrlich
Adjunct Research Associate
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara

Chandra Krintz, Ph.D.
Adjunct Senior Investigator
UCSB RACELab Director
Department of Computer Science
University of California, Santa Barbara

Rich Wolski, Ph.D.
Adjunct Senior Investigator
Department of Computer Science
University of California, Santa Barbara


 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Sandra Tillisch Svoboda,
President
Nurse Clinician (ret.)

Alexander DePaoli, MD, Vice President
Endocrinologist CMO, NGM Biopharmaceuticals
Therapeutics, Inc.

Robert M. Nagy, MD, Immediate Past President
Psychiatrist, Private Practice

Anita Balboa
Second Vice President / Wealth Management Advisory,
The Northern Trust Company

Bruce Anticouni
Attorney, Anticouni & Associates

Anthony Castillo
Vice President of Finance
Alliance Wealth Strategies

Ronald J. Fox
Investment Broker (ret.)

Yvette Giller
Vice President, Samuel B. and
Margaret Mosher Foundation

Wayne Hewitt
Financial Advisor

Anne M. Patterson, RD, MPH.
Director of Nutritional Programs,
SB County Public Health Department
(ret.)

Thomas W. Rook, DC
Chiropractor, Private Practice

Pierre Wiltzius, PhD
Dean, Div of Math and Sciences
College of Letters and Science,
UCSB


 

CAREERS



Clinical Nurse Practitioner 

In close collaboration with the Principal Investigator on various studies, incumbent will serve as a Clinical Research Nurse Practitioner. This is an Independent Contractor Position and will be responsible for acting as a sub-investigator during in-clinic research activities at William Sansum Diabetes Center (WSDC) that require a physician or advanced practice medical provider.  This position will fulfill the following specific functions:

  1. Work with the principal investigator or other sub-investigator for clinical research conducted by the Clinical Research Department.
  2. Assist with the implementation of research protocols.
  3. Assure compliance with the protocol requirements as mandated by the sponsor, our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), local and/or central Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  4. Complete the mandated physical examinations and complete the review of systems/past medical history forms for patients participating in research activities. Coordinate with PI as needed to ensure adequate coverage of this function.
  5. Be on-call as needed for Clinical Research patients. Coordinate with PI as needed to ensure adequate coverage of this function.
  6. Render the care necessary for appropriate management of the aforementioned patients maintaining patient safety foremost.
  7. Maintain ongoing communication with the referring primary physicians for the research patients as deemed appropriate for the on-going care rendered by that physician.
  8. Address any medical concerns raised by the sponsor, IRB or the FDA that relate to a specific clinical trial.
  9. Be available to any questions during monitor visits.
  10. Final interpretation of ECGs and laboratory values on the research patients with a signature to verify compliance.
  11. Review the Serious Adverse Events (SAE) within 24 hours and any other reports for the sponsor, IRB and the FDA to verify accuracy.
  12. Complete source documents, complete or review completed case report forms (CRFs) and to sign off the completion form if the Primary Investigator is unable to complete this task.
  13. Continuing education on the roles and responsibilities of a research sub-investigator as well as any further or repeat training required by the sponsor, IRB or the FDA.
  14. Provide direct patient care as an FNP, nutritionist and diabetes educator.
  15. Collaborate with the education department on an ad hoc basis
  16. Other duties as assigned

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

None, however the sub-investigator may direct research staff in medical decision making during the research activities.

SUPERVISOR:

Research Physician

QUALIFICATIONS:

The incumbent must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Appropriate training will be provided where necessary, and specific assistance in refreshing the incumbent in those areas where appropriate. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Knowledge and skills required of licensed nurse practitioners in the State of California
  2. Trained in Human Subjects Research.
  3. Basic knowledge of computer systems for word processing, electronic mail, data entry, and electronic data transfer.
  4. Excellent communication skills both oral and written
  5. Ability to work independently and with careful attention to detail.
  6. Must be able to establish rapport and communicate with staff and clients of diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Licensed Nurse Practitioner in the State of California, preferably with experience in diabetes. Interest in and experience with computer technology highly desirable.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: The ability to read and speak English clearly is mandatory. The ability to interpret documents such as research protocols, safety rules, operating and maintenance instruction, and procedure manuals. The ability to communicate information to other employees as well as management in a clear and concise manner is essential. Ability to speak Spanish desirable but not required.

REASONING ABILITY: The ability to participate fully in an active clinical research department, prioritize tasks, delegate appropriately and supervise staff as required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The incumbent is regularly required to sit, talk, hear, and climb stairs. The incumbent frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle or feel equipment, paper, or files. The incumbent must be able to operate a computer keyboard as well as see a computer monitor display screen. The incumbent is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10-20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

This job requires the manual dexterity, skill level and adequate vision to perform physical examinations, phlebotomy, record data onto data sheets, and enter data into a computer; adequate hearing and verbal communication skills to conduct interviews (in person or on the telephone). Standing for extended periods of time as well as light lifting is necessary. Moderate use of a computer and telephone.

The incumbent must be in sufficient overall health to report for work consistently and reliably and work through a standard day with appropriate breaks. Periodically, extended work hours and travel extending over several days are required.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Work will be primarily conducted at WSDC. The primary work environment would be generally described as a laboratory setting with and offices and a clinic on a different floor. The ability to move within all three of these areas may be required in the execution of the employee’s functional activities. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually low and the illumination of the work area is primarily with fluorescent artificial lighting.

This position is associated with exposure to biohazardous materials and communicable disease requiring the use of universal precautions at all times as well as other conditions common to a medical clinic and research facility.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please email your CV to careers@sansum.org

Health Educator / Program Coordinator

General Duties are as follows:

  • Incumbent will represent William Sansum Diabetes Center in appropriate venues, such as the Partners for Fit Youth Coalition, the School Wellness Council, WHAT, Isla Vista Youth Projects, LEON, local health fairs, etc.
  • Incumbent will attend conferences and trainings as representative to promote the organizations programs, including Santa Barbara County Coalition in Support of Promotores de Salud, Comenzando Bien, Visión y Compromiso, health summits, relevant trainings, etc.
  • Identify and attend networking opportunities in the community.
  • Incumbent will teach group classes, as needed, including Ocho Pasos, Semillas de Cambio, and the Nutrition & Diabetes class in both English and Spanish.
  • Attendance is expected at the monthly staff and weekly team meetings.
  • Incumbent will coordinate and distribute the Diabetes Education calendar every two months with updates on classes offered throughout the community.
  • Incumbent will maintain all study and program equipment and materials and will notify appropriate staff members when supplies need to be replaced or equipment needs to be repaired, cleaned or replaced.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Semillas de Cambio program

  • Day-to-day operations of Semillas de Cambio program.       Incumbent will track attendance, set appointments, record data, track Promotora progress through Requirements Checklist and Supporting Documents, schedule upcoming sessions, design promotional materials, purchase supplies (ie. weekly prize bags, snack materials, stipends), organize class duties (two educators and one snack preparer), coordinate monthly Promotora Support Group meeting, track expenses including distribution of stipends, and organize referrals for both English and Spanish programs.
  • Incumbent will conduct pre-program and quarterly measurements of BMI, blood pressure, A1C, knowledge (self-assessment tests), and other relevant pregnancy and baby outcome parameters.
  • Incumbent will correspond and communicate with program participants as required, including follow-up calls for appointments and classes.
  • Incumbent will be responsible for ongoing curriculum improvements/updates and will act as facilitator/educator during sessions while also mentoring future class facilitators.
  • Incumbent will meet with health professionals to advertise and recruit for potential program leaders, participants, and/or volunteers to participate and fulfill certain duties within the program. Incumbent will act as coordinator for volunteers, interns, community partners and Promotoras.
  • Incumbent will work closely with the Director of Education and other project leaders in planning and implementing projects, including project activities, data collection, case management, and preparing reports.
  • Incumbent will collect data and consent forms. Strict confidentiality will be maintained in handling all data. Data will be entered into a computer database.
  • Incumbent will correspond with and communicate with participants and parents or other family members as required. Some of these communications may involve discussion of sensitive subjects such as body image and self-esteem. The incumbent needs to be respectful of confidentiality issues associated with such communications.

Mobile Health Screening program

  • Day-to-day operations of the Mobile Health Screening program.       Incumbent will plan venues for the screenings 1-2 times per month, track attendance, record data, design promotional materials, purchase supplies (ie. A1C kits, stipends), organize event staff duties (educators, medical assistants, Promotoras), track expenses.
  • Incumbent will conduct and/ or supervise event measurements of BMI, blood pressure, A1C, waist circumference, weight, knowledge (self-assessment tests), participant questionnaire, and referrals to clinics, emergency department, and classes.
  • Incumbent will correspond and communicate with program participants as required, including follow-up calls for appointments and classes.
  • Incumbent will be responsible for ongoing program improvements/updates and will act as facilitator/educator during training sessions with new volunteers and assistants.
  • Incumbent will meet with health professionals and community leaders to advertise and recruit for potential program venues, participants and volunteers to participate in the program. Incumbent will act as coordinator for volunteers, interns, community partners and Promotoras.
  • Incumbent will work closely with the Director of Education and other project leaders in planning and implementing projects, including project activities, data collection, case management, and preparing reports.
  • Incumbent will collect data, questionnaires, and consent forms. Strict confidentiality will be maintained in handling all data. Data will be entered into a computer database.

Supervisor:

Director of Education

Hours of work:

Work hours will need to be flexible to meet project needs. Hours are generally days, although some evening classes and weekend work is anticipated, such as the Promotoras Support Group meeting held the second Saturday of the month in the afternoon.  

Education and Experience:

BS, BA or Master’s degree, preferably in Health Education or health related field. 1 to 2 years background in health education. Will consider concurrent bachelor’s degree program depending on other qualifications and experience. Work with diverse population highly desirable.

Knowledge and Skills:

The ability to read and speak both English and Spanish fluently and clearly is mandatory. Translating English to Spanish and vice versa is highly desirable. Must have the ability to interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instruction, and procedure manuals. Must be comfortable with conducting health exams in both English and Spanish for a diverse range of participants. The ability to administer consent and conduct questionnaires, preferably in English and Spanish, is essential. The ability to communicate information to other employees as well as management in a clear and concise manner is essential.  Incumbent must be comfortable in front of a crowd or classroom for presentations.  Incumbent must be organized with a keen attention to detail.  Good computer skills are essential for preparing class room work, presentations, and reports.

“Soft” skills such as trustworthiness and empathy are required in this position. The educator spends a lot of time listening and guiding participants on their journey to better health.   Educator should be able to put participants at ease and make them feel comfortable enough to share their challenges and fears.

Physical demands:

This job may require engaging in physical activity with participants as part of the project implementation. It also requires the manual dexterity and adequate vision to perform measurement of height, weight and body fat, and recording data. Light lifting is necessary to transport and set up equipment on a regular basis.  Repetitive activities include typing/ data entry, and telephoning.

Working Conditions:

The work environment would be an office setting with clinical and laboratory facilities adjacent to the primary work area. Off site project locations will include school campuses and possibly other locations. The incumbent should feel comfortable working with children and adolescents, their parents, school administrators and post-partum women. The ability to move within all of these areas may be required in the execution of the employee’s functional activities. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Driving to the project location in the incumbent’s personal vehicle may be required. Mileage costs will be reimbursed per WSDC policy.

Exposure to bio hazardous materials and communicable diseases requiring the use of universal precautions at all times as well as other conditions common to biomedical research.

 

Registered Nurse

We are seeking a  part-time Registered Nurse to support various Clinical Research studies.

In close collaboration with the Principal Investigator, incumbent will serve as a  part-time Registered Nurse on various studies.  This position will fulfill the following specific functions:

1.     Work with the principal investigator or other co-investigator for clinical research conducted by the Clinical Research Department

2.  Assure compliance with the protocol requirements as mandated by the sponsor, our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), local and/or central Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

3.    Draw blood

4.    Insert IV’s.

5.    Complete source documents,  and sign off the completion form

6.    Other duties as assigned

Training:

The RN will be expected to attend a training session by each sponsor of the study they are working on.  In addition they will need to complete our GCP training and take a quiz.

This position is a long-term temporary part-time position with extremely variable hours.  Shifts will become available as studies come up.  This is perfect for someone with an existing full or part-time job who is looking to pick up a few extra shifts over the next several months.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please email your CV to careers@sansum.org



 

SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Summer Internship Program in the Biologic/Medical Sciences

The William Sansum Diabetes Center’s Summer Internship Program, funded by the Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation, has a primary focus on diabetes mellitus, but interns learn about and are involved in a wide variety of clinical research and medically oriented activities. Providing insight into both clinical and academic medicine as well as medical research, this internship program offers a comprehensive learning experience for upper-class undergraduate students or recent college graduates interested in a biomedical or medical career.

Interns spend six to eight weeks (the dates of the program vary from year to year) at The Center. Interns (1) shadow The Center and community physicians practicing in various fields of medicine, (2) work on an assigned project contributing to the research or community outreach goals of The Center, (3) attend research program presentations by staff and visiting scientists, and (4) learn to critically review pertinent literature. There are weekly education sessions on diabetes mellitus and its treatment and complications. Interns receive instruction in many aspects of clinical research including writing, analyzing and presenting research results. Students with an interest or goal of a medical research or clinical career are encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will have completed at least two years of college, preferably in a biomedical or pre-medical major. The ability to speak Spanish is helpful, but not required. Interns are responsible for housing and travel expenses. The post-mark or electronic-receipt deadline for submission of an application, including letters of recommendation, is April 1st, 2017.

The 2016 internship application is now closed. Please return in December 2016 to apply to the 2017 summer internship.

UC Davis graduate – “My experience as a summer intern was invaluable. My knowledge in diabetes research, care and treatment expanded in leaps and bounds.”

Stanford sophomore – “My internship allowed me to learn from some of the top scientists in the field of diabetes research.”


 

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Posted February 11, 2013