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.  ​

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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

Type 1 Diabetes Symposium: Combining Medicine and Engineering

On January 19, 2017, the UC San Diego Pediatric Diabetes Research Center (PDRC) and the Institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM) hosted a full day symposium that convened experts with engineering perspectives on diabetes therapy, alongside experts pursuing biological research and treatment approaches.   Read 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

JDRF has selected PDRC researcher, Dr. Ulupi Jhala, to receive an innovative grant to investigate early blood borne biomarkers associated with autoimmune destruction of beta cells in type 1 diabetes (T1D).  Read More

Professor Maike Sander, MD has been awarded a two-year grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to validate a new pharmaco-logical target for stimulating beta cell regeneration.  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