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

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 insulin.  Read More

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

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