2015 Recipient: Dr. Bruce Perkins

Bruce A. Perkins, MD MPH is Associate Professor, Endocrinologist and Diabetes Complications Clinician Scientist at the University of Toronto appointed to the Faculty of Medicine and to the Institute of Health, Policy, Management and Evaluation. He obtained his MD and Internal Medicine training at the University of Toronto, his endocrinology subspecialty training at Harvard University, his Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a research fellowship in epidemiology at the Joslin Diabetes Center.

The uniqueness of his research accomplishments lie in their breadth of impact on type 1 diabetes. Using longitudinal cohort methods, as well as clinical trials, his research work has focused on: 1) early biomarkers of diabetes complications and biomarkers of progression to advanced disease, and 2) interventions for prevention of complications, including artificial pancreas technologies and disease-modifying adjunctive-to-insulin pharmacotherapies.

Principal findings include “early progressive renal decline” which permitted identification of novel factors now subject to large-scale clinical trial, and the development of In-vivo Corneal Confocal Microscopy as an early small fibre biomarker for diabetic neuropathy for which he leads an NIH-funded international consortium to validate its role.

His early work with Sodium Glucose Linked Transporter-2 inhibitors as adjunctive therapy has led to the design of phase 3 trials in type 1 diabetes, and he is contributing to novel approaches to the artificial pancreas. Integrating these initiatives, he leads the Canadian Study for Longevity in Type 1 Diabetes, a project charged with determining the factors associated with successful lifetime resistance to complications.

Dr. Vincent Poitout, Chair, National Research Council, Canadian Diabetes Association (left) with Dr. Bruce Perkins, 2015 Young Scientist Award Recipient.

Dr. Vincent Poitout, Chair, National Research Council, Canadian Diabetes Association (left) with Dr. Bruce Perkins, 2015 Young Scientist Award Recipient.

Previous recipients

2014: Dr. Robert Screaton
2013: Dr. Tony Lam
2012: Dr. Andre Carpentier
2011: Dr. Minna Woo
2010: Dr. Timothy Kieffer
2009: Dr. Vincent Poitout
2008: Dr. Jeffrey A. Johnson
2007: Dr. Peter Light
2006: Dr. C. Bruce Verchere
2005: Dr. André Marette
2004: Dr. Gregory Korbutt
2003: Dr. Michael Wheeler
2002: Dr. Robert Hegele
2001: Dr. Gary Lewis
2000: Dr. Pere Santamaria
1999: Dr. Hertzel Gerstein
1998: Dr. Patricia Brubaker
1997: Dr. Jean-Pierre Després
1996: Dr. Daniel Drucker
1995: Dr. Diane Finegood
1993: Dr. George Fantus
1991: Dr. Gerald Van de Werve
1990: Dr. Amira Klip
1988: Dr. Bernard Zinman
1987: Dr. Jerry Radziuk

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