Sansum Diabetes Research Institute Celebrates 100 years of Life Saving Insulin

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Dr. Sansum's first patients (courtesy photo)
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Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) is celebrating 100 years of insulin, one of the most important medical achievements in modern times. Dr. William Sansum, renowned diabetes specialist and SDRI’s founder, was the first U.S. physician to manufacture and administer insulin and saved millions of lives with his work in diabetes research.

Dr. Sansum’s life’s work was caring for the gravely ill diabetes patients at his Potter Clinic in Santa Barbara and was conducting diabetes research in hopes of finding a cure. Prior to the discovery of insulin, diabetes was a death sentence. In 1922, Dr. Sansum’s breakthrough with insulin became a functional cure for diabetes, and his research was on the front page of newspapers across the country. Once the news spread, patients stampeded into Santa Barbara from all over the world for Dr. Sansum’s lifegiving insulin.

Dr. Sansum’s quest to improve the lives of people with diabetes inspired SDRI to continue on the same path of excellence that he began 100 years ago.


Dr. Sansum working in his lab (courtesy photo)

“Dr. Sansum’s work profoundly changed the landscape for those living with diabetes,” said Ellen Goodstein, Executive Director at SDRI. “Since then, SDRI has continued to celebrate his legacy through our groundbreaking achievements in diabetes and pregnancy, and the Artificial Pancreas.”

Added Dr. Samuel Klein, SDRI’s Chief Scientific Officer, “Dr. Sansum’s clinical and research work in diabetes was absolutely remarkable. As Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) commemorates 100 years of insulin, we look back and appreciate Dr. Sansum’s legacy and his establishment of SDRI 78 years ago. SDRI continues to make important research contributions that have improved the medical management and health of people with diabetes.”

SDRI has many events planned throughout the year to honor and recognize Dr. Sansum’s legacy in diabetes research. SDRI is planning a Gratitude Gala, celebrating 100 years of insulin, on September 10, 2022. Please visit sansum.org for upcoming events and details.


Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) has been on the cutting edge of diabetes research, education, and clinical care since our founding in 1944 by Dr. William Sansum, the first U.S. physician to manufacture and administer insulin in the treatment of diabetes. With an established world class reputation for innovation in the field of type 1 diabetes, including the Artificial Pancreas system and diabetes in pregnancy, SDRI is broadening its area of expertise to address a range of issues in type 2 diabetes in an effort to address this growing epidemic. Learn more at www.sansum.org.

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