Francine R. Kaufman, M.D.
Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Communications
The Keck School of Medicine
Annenberg School of Communications
Director of the Comprehensive Childhood Diabetes Center
Head of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Childrens Hospital, Los Angeles
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Dr. Kaufman has published more than 220 peer-reviewed and invited articles. She is the author of more than 30 books or book chapters. In 2005 her book, Diabesity, was published by Bantam.
Dr. Kaufman is chair of the National Institutes of Health funded Studies to Treat (the TODAY Trial) or Prevent (the HEALTHY Trial) Type 2 Diabetes in Youth (STOPP-T2). She is a principal investigator of TrialNet, a multinational consortium evaluating ways to prevent type 1 diabetes, funded by the NIH. Her work on cardiovascular risk factors in youth with type 1 diabetes has been funded by the ADA and JDRF, and her obesity prevention program for children and families, KidNFitness, is being evaluated in the after school setting funded by Johnson and Johnson. She is the inventor of ExtendBar, a food bar containing uncooked cornstarch designed to stabilize blood glucose levels in people with diabetes. In collaboration with Starbright Foundation, she developed a website for obese teens, http://www.getfitgetright.com
Dr. Kaufman was national president of the American Diabetes Association in 2002-03. In 2003, she was a delegate to the World Health Organization. In 2005, she became a member of the board of directors of Shaping America’s Health. She also has been active with the JDRF, National Diabetes Education Program (Chair of the Educational Materials Subcommittee of Diabetes and the School, Chair, Study Group on Diabetes in Pregnancy, Chair-elect in 2007, and Chair in 2008 for three-year term), and the International Diabetes Federation (she serves as chair of the Youth Consultative Section). In 2005, she was elected Membership in the Institute of Medicine and in 2006 awarded the Distinguished Professor rank for USC. In 2007, she became co-chair of a California Department of Health Working Group on diabetes prevention and treatment in the Medicaid population in California. In 2007, she became a Professor of Communications in the Annenberg School of Communications of USC. In November, 2007, her documentary “Diabetes – the Global Epidemic” will be aired on Discovery channels worldwide.