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The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) is pleased to partner with the Canadian government as it invests in the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) announced yesterday.

“We are pleased that one of the networks within SPOR is dedicated to diabetes research,” says Dr. Jan Hux, chief science officer, CDA, and member of the steering council that will oversee the SPOR network in diabetes. “This research is good news for everyone affected by diabetes because it engages people living with diabetes, primary-care providers and specialists to identify the best care solutions.”

Over the last 35 years, research advances have identified more effective ways to manage diabetes and reduce the risk of serious complications such as heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and vision loss. Currently, 11 million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes and another is diagnosed with diabetes every three minutes.

The goals of the SPOR Network in Diabetes and its Related Complications include:

  • Establishing a National Diabetes Registry to better understand the prevalence and health determinants causing progressive diabetes complications
  • Creating a retinopathy screening program for diabetic eye disease to prevent visual impairment
  • Facilitating knowledge translation by establishing:
    • National Aboriginal Diabetes Network
    • Quality Improvement in Diabetes Care
    • National Pharmacists Network
    • Diabetes Nursing Initiatives

“We look forward to working with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and collaborating with the SPOR researchers involved with this initiative,” says Dr. Hux.

About Diabetes Canada

Diabetes Canada is the registered national charitable organization that is making the invisible epidemic of diabetes visible and urgent. Diabetes Canada partners with Canadians to End Diabetes through:

  • Resources for health care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes;
  • Advocacy to governments, schools and workplaces; and
  • Funding world-leading Canadian research to improve treatments and find a cure.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

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