2014 Operating Grants and Personnel Awards Competitions

The Canadian Diabetes Association is proud to be a leading supporter of diabetes research in Canada.

Since 1975 and the establishment of the Charles H. Best Research Fund, the Association has funded thousands of Canada’s most renowned scientists, scholars, and clinicians in their quest for new and innovative developments in the prevention, treatment, and management of diabetes.

Each application goes through a rigorous peer review process. Funding decisions are made based on the results of that peer review process and the expert recommendations of the Association’s National Research Council (NRC).

Please see below for a listing of the funded 2014 applicants.

Award recipient Dr. Andrew Advani
Award type Operating Grant
Project title Epigenetic regulation of podocyte oxidative stress in diabetic nephropathy.
Institution St Michael's Hospital
Province Ontario
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. Shazhan Amed
Award type Operating Grant
Project title Quality of Pediatric Diabetes Care - Connecting health system, human, and policy perspectives to inform effective health system change
Institution University of British Columbia
Province British Columbia
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. Jacqueline Beaudry
Award type Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
Supervisor(s) Dr. Daniel J. Drucker
Project title Glucagon receptor signalling in white and brown adipose tissue.
Institution Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute/Mount Sinai Hospital
Province Ontario
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. Dylan Burger
Award type Operating Grant
Project title Podocyte Microparticles in Diabetic Nephropathy
Institution Ottawa Health Research Inst.
Province Ontario
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Ms. Amy Burke
Award type Doctoral Student Research Award
Supervisor(s) Dr. Murray Huff
Project title Attenuation of obesity, insulin resistance, hepatic steatosis and the reversal of atherosclerosis by citrus flavonoids
Institution The University of Western Ontario
Province Ontario
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. André C. Carpentier
Award type Operating Grant
Project title Postprandial metabolism after bariatric surgery in type 2 diabetes
Institution Universite de Sherbrooke
Province Québec
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. John S. D. Chan
Award type Operating Grant
Project title Insulin and Molecular Regulation of Heterogeneous Nuclear Ribonucleoprotein F and K Gene Expression in Diabetic Mice
Institution Centre de Research-CHUM
Province Québec
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. Hsiao-Huei Chen
Award type Operating Grant
Project title Neural and immune control of metabolism
Institution Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Province Ontario
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Ms. Pei-Ling Chiu
Award type Doctoral Student Research Award
Supervisor(s) Dr. Brian B. Rodrigues
Project title The metabolic basis for diabetic heart disease: central role of cardiac lipoprotein lipase
Institution University of British Columbia
Province British Columbia
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. Heather Denroche
Award type Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
Supervisor(s) Dr. C. Bruce Verchere
Project title The role of islet amyloid-induced inflammation in diabetes
Institution University of British Columbia
Province British Columbia
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. Vinicius M. Gadotti
Award type Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
Supervisor(s) Dr. Gerald Zamponi
Project title Targeting T-type calcium channel expression as a therapeutic approach for diabetic neuropathy.
Institution University of Calgary
Province Alberta
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. Anthony J. G. Hanley
Award type Operating Grant
Project title Role of soluble CD163, a marker of adipose tissue macrophage infiltration, in the etiology of type 2 diabetes.
Institution University of Toronto
Province Ontario
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. Curtis Hughey
Award type Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
Supervisor(s) Dr. David H. Wasserman
Project title Determining the in vivo regulatory role of AMP-activated protein kinase in hepatic nutrient flux
Institution Vanderbilt University Medical Centre
Province Tennessee, USA
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. James D. Johnson
Award type Operating Grant
Project title Novel pathways in fatty acid-induced beta-cell death:  Gene-Environment Interactions
Institution University of British Columbia
Province British Columbia
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Mr. Luke William Johnston
Award type Doctoral Student Research Award
Supervisor(s) Dr. Anthony J. G. Hanley
Project title Role of Individual Non-Esterified Fatty Acids in the Progression of Metabolic Abnormalities Underlying Type 2 Diabetes: Longitudinal Analysis within the PROMISE Cohort
Institution University of Toronto
Province Ontario
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. Julie Lacombe
Award type Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
Supervisor(s) Dr. Mathieu Ferron
Project title Role of vitamin K-dependent gamma-carboxylation in pancreatic islets
Institution Institute de Recherches Cliniques de Montreal
Province Québec
Duration of funding 2014-2015
Award recipient Dr. Megan Levings
Award type Operating Grant
Project title Control of obesity-related inflammation by regulatory T cells
Institution University of British Columbia
Province British Columbia
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. Cynthia Luk
Award type Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
Supervisor(s) Dr. Minna Woo
Project title The role of focal adhesion kinase in adipocyte survival and insulin resistance
Institution University of Toronto
Province Ontario
Duration of funding 2014-2015
Award recipient Dr. Patrick MacDonald
Award type Operating Grant
Project title Receptor signalling and novel roles for PI3 kinases in rodent and human islet function
Institution University of Alberta
Province Alberta
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. André Marette
Award type Operating Grant
Project title Glucoregulatory action and therapeutic potential of omega-3 derived protectin DX
Institution Laval University
Province Québec
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. Meranda Nakhla
Award type Operating Grant
Project title Improving the transition from pediatric to adult care for emerging adults with diabetes
Institution The Research Institute of McGill Univ. Health Ctr
Province Québec
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Ms. Vongai Nyamandi
Award type Doctoral Student Research Award
Supervisor(s) Dr. Kathleen M. MacLeod
Project title The contribution of RhoA/ROCK signaling to the development of diabetic cardiomyopathy
Institution University of British Columbia
Province British Columbia
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. Shirin Panahi
Award type Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
Supervisor(s) Dr. Angelo Tremblay
Project title Milk supplementation, physical activity, glucose homeostasis and appetite control: towards a new paradigm of obesity management and diabetes prevention
Institution PEPS- Universite Laval
Province Ontario
Duration of funding 2014-2016
Award recipient Dr. Audrey Parent
Award type Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
Supervisor(s) Dr. Matthias Hebrok
Project title Generation of a functional thymus to induce immune tolerance to stem cell-derived pancreatic beta cells
Institution University of California-San Francisco
Province California, USA
Duration of funding 2014-2016
Award recipient Dr. Stuart Phillips
Award type Operating Grant
Project title Impact of aging on inactivity-induced insulin resistance of muscle glucose and protein metabolism
Institution McMaster University
Province Ontario
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret
Award type Operating Grant
Project title Closed-loop control in type 1 diabetes: moving to automation with outpatient pediatric studies
Institution Clinical Research Institute of Montreal (IRCM)
Province Québec
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. Julie Robitaille
Award type Operating Grant
Project title Impact of gestational diabetes mellitus on offspring health: role of the prenatal and postnatal environment.
Institution Laval University
Province Québec
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. Brian B. Rodrigues
Award type Operating Grant
Project title The metabolic basis for diabetic heart disease: central role of cardiac lipoprotein lipase
Institution University of British Columbia
Province British Columbia
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Mr. Paul Sabatini
Award type Doctoral Student Research Award
Supervisor(s) Dr. Francis C. Lynn
Project title In vivo characterization of Npas4 in the context of diabetogenic stress
Institution University of British Columbia
Province British Columbia
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. Przemyslaw Sapieha
Award type Operating Grant
Project title Neuroimmune crosstalk in Diabetic Retinopathy
Institution Maisonneuve-Rosemont Research Centre
Province Québec
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. Robert A. Screaton
Award type Operating Grant
Project title Role of Sik2 in beta cell compensation
Institution Children's Hospital  of Eastern Ontario
Province Ontario
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Ms. Zahra Sohani
Award type Doctoral Student Research Award
Supervisor(s) Dr. Sonia S. Anand
Project title Genetic & epigenetic etiology of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in South Asians and white Europeans
Institution McMaster University
Province Ontario
Duration of funding 2014-2016
Award recipient Dr. Tricia Tang
Award type Operating Grant
Project title From clinic to community: Using peer support as a transition model for improving long-term diabetes-related health outcomes
Institution University of British Columbia
Province British Columbia
Duration of funding 2014-2017
Award recipient Dr. Kelly Tennant
Award type Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
Supervisor(s) Dr. Craig Brown
Project title Promoting thalamocortical plasticity to improve stroke recovery in diabetic mice
Institution University of Victoria
Province British Columbia
Duration of funding 2014-2016
Award recipient Dr. Vladimir Vuksan
Award type Operating Grant
Project title Co-administration of three complementary therapies (viscous dietary fiber, whole grain and ginseng) for comprehensive risk reduction in Type 2 Diabetes
Institution St Michael's Hospital
Province Ontario
Duration of funding 2014-2017

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