The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents

Environmental diabetes care

David Kerr, William Sansum Diabetes Center

12:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | Phelps Hall 3512 (map)

Abstract. Living with diabetes, especially if insulin is required for well-being, is neither easy nor straightforward. For many the treatment creates greater fear and anxiety than the disease itself. Much of the fear derives from the unpredictability which, in turn, is due to the consequences of human, biological and situational variability. The demands from diabetes and insulin are considerable – occupying 1-2 hours every waking day without any holidays and with the certainty that the future is uncertain. The future of diabetes research and innovation will be influenced by new partnerships beyond traditional medical and health-related arts and sciences with a particular focus on understanding the psycho-social demands of living with a long-term incurable condition. The new partnership of medicine and spatial information has the potential of dramatically and significantly reducing the burden of this and other long-term conditions. Diabetes is not an existential disease.

Professor David Kerr MBChB, DM, FRCPE is a UK trained physician in internal medicine and endocrinology. He is currently Director of Research and Innovation and the internationally renowned William Sansum Diabetes Center ( here in Santa Barbara. Prior to this Prof Kerr led a large hospital based specialist diabetes service at the Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre in the UK. This is the third time Prof Kerr has worked in the US having been a research fellow at Yale in the 1990’s and in 2010-11 was Managing Editor of the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology based in the San Francisco Bay area. He has published more than 200 original research papers and articles and for more than 10 years has been Editor of Diabetes Digest – a journal providing a synopsis of the latest diabetes-research. Prof Kerr also holds a gold clinical excellence award from the UK National Health Service. Website:

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ThinkSpatial: David Kerr