Board of Directors

David Winkler | Chair

David, lawyer and entrepreneur, has type 1 diabetes, as do several family members and friends. He is a founder of the Diabetes Research Connection and currently serves as the Chair of the Board and Chief Financial Officer. David has been a tireless advocate and donor for diabetes research.

Alberto Hayek, M.D. | President

Alberto is the Scientific Director at San Diego’s Scripps Whittier Institute for Diabetes and Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at UCSD. A world-renowned diabetes expert, Dr. Hayek, who serves as the Diabetes Research Connection’s President and Scientific Advisor, was the first to show it is possible to culture human fetal and adult islets.

Nigel Calcutt, Ph.D. | Vice President

Nigel is Vice President of the Diabetes Research Connection and is a UCSD professor of Pathology whose research is focused on therapies for diabetic neuropathy and neuropathic pain.

Charles “C.C.” King, Ph.D. | Associate Professor, Research Scientist at UCSD

Charles is Secretary of the Diabetes Research Connection and is an Associate Research Scientist at UCSD’s Pediatric Diabetes Research Center who has helped define the molecular mechanisms of human embryonic stem cell differentiation from pluripotency toward pancreatic endoderm.

David Winkler | Chair

David, lawyer and entrepreneur, has type 1 diabetes, as do several family members and friends. He is a founder of the Diabetes Research Connection and currently serves as the Chair of the Board and Chief Financial Officer. David has been a tireless advocate and donor for diabetes research.

Alberto Hayek, M.D. | President

Alberto is the Scientific Director at San Diego’s Scripps Whittier Institute for Diabetes and Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at UCSD. A world-renowned diabetes expert, Dr. Hayek, who serves as the Diabetes Research Connection’s President and Scientific Advisor, was the first to show it is possible to culture human fetal and adult islets.

Nigel Calcutt, Ph.D. | Vice President

Nigel is Vice President of the Diabetes Research Connection and is a UCSD professor of Pathology whose research is focused on therapies for diabetic neuropathy and neuropathic pain.

Charles “C.C.” King, Ph.D. | Associate Professor, Research Scientist at UCSD

Charles is Secretary of the Diabetes Research Connection and is an Associate Research Scientist at UCSD’s Pediatric Diabetes Research Center who has helped define the molecular mechanisms of human embryonic stem cell differentiation from pluripotency toward pancreatic endoderm.