Dr. Shazhan Amed

Operating Grant funded 2014-2017
University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)

Dr. Amed is collecting data from surveys, interviews and administrative databases to find out why many children with type 1 diabetes in British Columbia are not receiving treatment that meets current national and international standards. The results could help health-care providers and policy-makers improve the quality of care for children with type 1 diabetes.

Dr. Gillian Booth

Targeted Research Grant 2015
St. Michael's Hospital (Toronto, ON)

Dr. Booth’s research is using administrative health databases in Ontario to study how health-care costs for people with diabetes vary depending on income and age. This project will then explore the potential costs and benefits to the health-care system of various options for providing drug coverage to people with diabetes in Ontario. The results will help support Diabetes Canada’s development and refinement of diabetes education, advocacy and clinical practice guidelines around providing coverage for essential medications to persons with diabetes under the age of 65. The results of her research have outstanding potential to improve the quality and efficiency of diabetes care in Canada and can offer insight into the expected cost of providing coverage for glucose-, blood pressure- and cholesterol-lowering medications to Ontario adults with diabetes who are under 65 years old. Outcomes of this research may help develop options to address the specific needs of this population.

Dr. Kaberi Dasgupta

Operating Grant funded 2012-2015
The Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre (Montréal, QC)

Dr. Dasgupta, along with her post-doctoral student and co-investigator, Dr. Anne-Sophie Brazeau, are leading a national team of physicians, researchers and patient representatives in conducting a large online survey to learn more about stigma from adolescents and emerging adults with type 1 diabetes. The results will help determine the prevalence of stigma in this population, gain insight into the patient perspective of it and gather their recommended solutions to this challenge. These responses will be compared against mailed-in blood samples that will be used to determine blood glucose controls. Using these two methods together will help the researchers evaluate the associations between stigma and health outcomes. This study will be one of the largest studies on stigma and adolescents with diabetes internationally. Results are anticipated to be available in 2017 and the content will be leveraged to impact government policy and improve the quality of life for those affected by type 1 diabetes.

Mr. Luke William Johnston

Doctoral Student Research Award 2014-2017
University of Toronto (Toronto, ON)


Drs. Anthony J. G. Hanley and Richard Bazinet

Mr. Johnston is examining people who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes to find out if their levels of various fatty acids impact the body’s sensitivity to insulin (the glucose-lowering hormone) or the effectiveness of their beta cells (which produce insulin). This research may help determine how fatty acids may influence diabetes risk and could help identify individuals who are at the greatest risk for developing diabetes.

Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe

Operating Grant funded 2013-2016
Women's College Hospital (Toronto, ON)

Dr. Lipscombe is testing a customized home-based lifestyle coaching program for new mothers with recent gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) to find out if the program can improve diabetes risk factors and if women are able to follow it. If successful, this coaching program could help prevent diabetes and improve the overall health of these women and their families.

Dr. Kerry McBrien

Operating Grant 2016-2018
University of Calgary (Calgary, AB)

Dr. McBrien and her team want to know more about what Albertans with poorly controlled diabetes think are the barriers and facilitators to their care. Her team is conducting a survey and phone interviews to gain insights into factors, including health status, health-care experience, self-management, financial barriers and sociodemographic factors. The results of the study will provide decision makers, health-care providers and researchers with knowledge needed to design relevant and targeted interventions for Albertans with high-risk diabetes, with the ultimate goal of improving care for these patients, thus reducing the risk of complications.

Dr. Meranda M. Nakhla

Operating Grant funded 2014-2017
The Research Institute of McGill Univ. Health Ctr (Montréal, QC)

Dr. Nakhla is examining Québec health administrative databases on doctor and hospital visits as well as data on the type of services provided to young adults to learn more about the trends that help explain some of the challenges facing patients transitioning from pediatric to adult care and what factors improve their health. This research will allow Dr. Nakhla to advise the government and health-care providers on how to deliver the care that emerging adults need.

Dr. Stuart Phillips

Operating Grant 2014-2017
McMaster University (Hamilton, ON)

Building on previous research, Dr. Phillips is studying if older people (aged 70-75) have a difficult time regaining blood glucose control and rebuilding muscle mass after two weeks of inactivity. The results will help create plans for how to assist older people who are going to be sedentary for even a short time, so that they might avoid developing type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Julie Robitaille

Operating Grant funded 2014-2017
Laval University (Québec, QC)

Dr. Julie Robitaille is studying the children of women who have had gestational diabetes to examine how the condition, and lifestyle behaviours after the birth, impact the child’s risk of developing obesity, type 2 diabetes and other complications. This study will help develop prevention strategies for reducing the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes in this population.

Dr. John Sievenpiper

Clinician Scientist Award 2015-2020
St. Michael's Hospital (Toronto, ON)

To improve the evidence on which clinical nutrition recommendations and public policy are based, Dr. Sievenpiper is studying the relationship between important food sources of sugars that contain fructose and the risk of diabetes, heart disease and other related diseases. There is a lot of controversy about the role of sugars (in particular, sugars that contain fructose) in the development of chronic diseases. As dietary guidance moves away from "nutrient" based dietary advice ("low sugar", "low carb", "low fat", etc.) to more dietary pattern based advice ("Mediterranean diets", "vegetarian diets", etc.), current research is inconclusive in determining whether food sources of added sugars that contain fructose (as opposed to the sugars, in general) are actually worse than other foods that would replace them. Dr. Sievenpiper wants to get more answers. To do so, he is undertaking a large scale review of all available data from the highest quality controlled human trials on this topic. This technique will allow results from numerous studies to be compared against each other. The review will include research on various food sources of sugars and will explore results in different patient groups. Dr. Sievenpiper‘s goal is to inform dietary guidelines and public health policy, stimulating the development of healthy products by industry, and shaping future research design.

Dr. Alexandre Stewart

Operating Grant 2016-2018
University of Ottawa Heart Institute (Ottawa, ON)

Dr. Stewart’s team is using mouse models to learn more about how a high-fat diet causes liver inflammation and impairs the liver’s response to insulin. Specifically, they are studying a certain protein, called IRF2BP2, that they believe plays a role in the liver's insulin sensitivity and is important for blood glucose control. Using this new knowledge about what happens on a cellular level, Dr. Stewart hopes to devise a strategy to prevent the progression of liver disease, which could help prevent type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Tricia Tang

Operating Grant funded 2014-2017
University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)

Dr. Tang is testing a low-cost peer support model to help people with diabetes improve and sustain self-management behaviors over the long-term after receiving initial diabetes education. If successful, this peer support model can be adopted at diabetes care settings across Canada and particularly benefit people who are newly diagnosed or at highest risk.

Dr. Shao-Ling Zhang

Operating Grant funded 2013-2016
CR-CHUM, University of Montreal (Montréal, QC)

Dr. Zhang is studying the relationship between gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) in mothers and the baby’s increased risk for health problems later in life. This study may shed new light on why children born to mothers with diabetes are at greater risk for obesity and conditions related to metabolism. Dr. Zhang’s research may provide information that could stop this process and prevent conditions in children whose mothers have gestational diabetes.

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