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    Research Staff | Diabetes Research

    The staff of the MPHS DRI includes:

    David Klonoff, M.D.

    DRI Medical Director

    Dr. David KlonoffDr. Klonoff has been medical director of the DRI for 12 years. He graduated from UCSF Medical School, and his postgraduate training included two years at UCLA Hospital and three years at UCSF Hospitals. He is Board certified in endocrinology. He has been instrumental in research into artificial pancreas, novel and noninvasive glucose monitors, new types of insulin pumps, telemedicine technology, and the use of alternate routes of insulin administration.

    Dr. Klonoff was the lead investigator on the landmark ASPIRE 2 study which was the first multicenter outpatient study of a commercial artificial pancreas product.

    Dr. Klonoff received an FDA Director’s Special Citation Award in 2010 for outstanding contributions related to diabetes technology. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology and has authored over 170 publications.

    Dr. Klonoff was a member of the NIH Diabetes Interagency Coordinating Committee Subgroups on Bioengineering Technologies and Resources & Infrastructure which developed the current ten-year diabetes research plan for the United States. He chaired the Endocrine Society Task Force on Continuous Glucose Monitor Clinical Guidelines and the CLSI Panel on Performance Standards for Continuous Glucose Monitors, whose recommendations were adopted by FDA.

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    Irina Nayberg, R.N., BSN, CDE

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    Irina Nayberg, RNIrina is a diabetes research nurse and a certified diabetes educator. She is the Senior Clinical Research Coordinator of the Dorothy L. and James E. Frank Diabetes Research Institute of Mills-Peninsula Health Services in San Mateo, California. She came to Mills-Peninsula Health Services from Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and has held her current position for the past eleven years. Irina is an expert in clinical trials for new drugs and devices for diabetes. She is factory trained in the use of every FDA approved Continuous Glucose Monitor System. Irina has conducted over 70 diabetes trials. She has been invited by the American Diabetes Association to be a research abstract reviewer for their Scientific Sessions for more than any other nurse over the past decade and has chaired a session on alternative therapy for diabetes for the American Diabetes Association’s Annual Scientific Sessions.
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    Karen Aeschliman, R.N., BSN, CDE

    Associate Clinical Research Coordinator

    Karen Aeschliman, RNKaren Aeschliman RN, BSN, CDE started her nursing career at Mills Hospital in 1973 working as a medical surgical nurse and critical care float. She has also worked in intensive care departments at Kaiser Hospital, Redwood City and Seton Medical Center. She returned to Mills Peninsula Health Services and has worked in Cardiac Rehabilitation as a Clinical Nurse II as well as the Diabetes Self-Management Program for the past 23 years. She recently joined the Dorothy L. and James E. Frank Diabetes Research Institute at Mills Peninsula Health Services in San Mateo.



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    Debra Armstrong, R.N., B.A., CCRC

    Associate Clinical Research Coordinator

    Debra Armstrong, RNMs. Armstrong has an extensive background in diabetes research at University of California, San Diego. She specializes in glucose clamp studies and frequently sampled intravenous glucose tolerance.









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    Kristine Peterson, R.N.

    Associate Clinical Research Coordinator

    Kristine PetersonKristine Peterson is a Registered Nurse working with DRI. Before coming to Mills-Peninsula, she was a pediatric palliative home care nurse. She is working toward a career in diabetes education.









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    Joann David

    Assistant Research Coordinator

    Joann DavidMs. David has experience working on the medical-surgical wards of Mills-Peninsula Health Services. She has been working in the Diabetes Research Institute since 2009.









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