Recognizing Innovation and Philanthropy in Diabetes Care at UPMC Children’s
November is National Diabetes Month — a time to raise awareness for diabetes, its impact on people’s lives, and how health care heroes are tirelessly developing better treatments, care, and cures. Learn about some of the innovative advancements in diabetes care happening here at UPMC Children’s that are bolstered by our generous donors.
The Diabetes Wraparound Program
The Diabetes Wraparound Program (DWP) aims to improve outcomes for kids struggling with diabetes management. Led by talented physicians and funded by generous donors, DWP empowers patients and families to better manage their condition through a holistic, comprehensive, child-centered approach. The results thus far have been astounding. A majority of participants saw improvement in HbA1c, as well as improved familial relationships, food security, and communication with clinicians.
Diabetes Gene Therapy Research
Dr. George Gittes and his team are using cutting-edge genetic techniques to develop a gene therapy treatment that may offer a corrective solution to T1D and type 2 diabetes (T2D). The treatment involves a minimally invasive procedure to infuse a genetically engineered virus into the pancreas, “switching on” insulin production. The procedure has proven remarkably successful in mice, and the team is refining the procedure in non-human primates to optimize efficacy as they approach human trials.
These programs and initiatives are the tip of the iceberg. Our patients have also been able to benefit from a transition program offering guidance and support on their journeys to adult care. Check out the story of how Haley White’s experience enables her to care for kids and families.
UPMC Children’s is so fortunate to have a Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology program ranked 6th in the nation by US News & World Report — a reflection of the expertise and dedication of this division’s incredible leaders, physicians, and staff, past and present. Their work is bolstered by many donor-established endowments and funds supporting clinical operations, teaching, and research, including a new Endowed Chair in Pediatric Endocrinology.
The Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation Awards Grant to Further Cancer Research
Named for legendary golfer and Latrobe native Arnold Palmer and his wife, Winnie, the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of children and families.
Sydney was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Urea Cycle Disorder / Ornithine Transcarbamylase deficiency (UCD/OTC) at just one year old.
World-Class Palliative Care for Every Child and Family, at Every Stage of Life
The new Division of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care aims to build a future where there are no barriers to this life-changing care.
Lorenzo’s Journey to the Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s
Within days of his birth, a team of skilled surgeons at UPMC Children’s performed open heart surgery on Lorenzo.
Children’s Trust Grants $100,000 for Startup Pediatric Research
Each spring, a group of hand-selected researchers pitch next generation, budding research concepts to members of the Children’s Trust for a chance at winning seed funding to help kickstart their research.
Welcoming New Leadership on the Board of Trustees
Learn more about Vanessa and what inspires her to serve UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh so proudly, in her own words.
Philanthropy Supports Individualized Behavioral Health Care
Throughout our hospital, there are many licensed psychologists dedicated to supporting specific service lines.