Diabetes Canada established the Young Scientist Award in 1987 for the purpose of encouraging, by appropriate recognition, outstanding research conducted in Canada by young scientists in the field of diabetes.

Diabetes Canada established the Young Scientist Award in 1987 for the purpose of encouraging, by appropriate recognition, outstanding research conducted in Canada by young scientists in the field of diabetes. This award continues today with the support of the CH Best Research Fund of Diabetes Canada and CIHR-INMD. The award consists of a plaque and a cash award of five thousand dollars ($5,000). The significance of the award and the distinguished recipient is recognized by a special lecture.

Past award recipients

2017 Dr. Gregory Steinberg 2003 Dr. Micheal Wheeler
2016 Dr. James D. Johnson 2002 Dr. Robert Hegele
2015 Dr. Bruce Perkins 2001 Dr. Gary Lewis
2014 Dr. Rob Screaton 2000 Dr. Pere Santamaria
2013 Dr. Tony Lam 1999 Dr. Hertzel Gerstein
2012 Dr. Andre Carpentier 1998 Dr. Patricia Brubaker
2011 Dr. Minna Woo 1997 Dr. Jean-Pierre Després
2010 Dr. Timothy Kieffer 1996 Dr. Daniel Drucker
2009 Dr. Vincent Poitout 1995 Dr. Diane Finegood
2008 Dr. Jeffrey A. Johnson 1993 Dr. George Fantus
2007 Dr. Peter Light 1991 Dr. Gerald Van de Werve
2006 Dr. C. Bruce Verchere 1990 Dr. Amira Klip
2005 Dr. André Marette 1988 Dr. Bernard Zinman
2004 Dr. Gregory Korbutt 1987 Dr. Jerry Radziuk

Eligibility

The award will be made for research conducted, by a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, in the field of diabetes at an institution located in Canada, on the basis of original scientific contributions, as judged by the nominee’s publications. To be eligible, an investigator must not have passed their forty-fifth (45th) birthday by January 1st of the year in which the award is to be bestowed. Submission will also be accepted for individuals who turned 45 last year if the nominee has experienced significant disruptions to their early research career due to family, career, or similar issues. However, information regarding the disruption should be provided by the nominee. The review Committee at its discretion will determine the eligibility of applicants with career disruption.

Nominees are encouraged to be members of the Professional Section of Diabetes Canada.

Nomination procedure

Nominations may be made by members of the Professional Section of Diabetes Canada.

The nominator is responsible for coordinating the nomination and for providing one electronic copy of the required information:

  1. curriculum vitae of the nominee;
  2. up to (but not exceeding) ten of the nominee’s most significant publications;
  3. two letters (one each from the nominator and seconder) indicating the reasons for submitting this particular nomination.

Selection Process:

Nominations will be reviewed by a past Young Scientist Award recipients under the direction of the Nomination and Awards of the Professional Section Executives of Diabetes Canada. 

Award presentation

The award will be presented at the Diabetes Canada/CSEM Professional Conference and Annual Meetings in October each year. This will be followed by a lecture from the awardee.

Nomination deadline

Completed nominations must be submitted electronically as a PDF document to Diabetes Canada by March 15, 2018 to research@diabetes.ca.

In the event that no suitable nomination is made, the award will be deferred for this year.

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