Dr. Allison Dart

Operating Grant 2011-2014
University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB)

Dr. Dart assessed the most important risk factors linked to early kidney disease in youth with type 2 diabetes. She specifically evaluated the role of insulin resistance as well as the role of abnormally increased kidney function in the development of early kidney disease. This research could provide valuable information about new treatment strategies and targets for youth with type 2 diabetes at high risk for progression to end stage kidney failure.

Dr. Kaberi Dasgupta

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

Dr. Dasgupta and her team studied families in which the mother had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy), to see if there is an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes in other family members. Results of this research will help develop diabetes prevention efforts that focus on the whole family’s shared health habits.

Dr. Rohan Ganguli

Operating Grant 2012-2015
Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (Toronto, ON)

Dr. Ganguli and his team examined the effect of lifestyle interventions on nutrition, exercise, weight loss and blood sugar control in people who are living with both type 2 diabetes and mental illness. The lifestyle interventions were compared to standard treatment to see if this intervention could improve health outcomes and enhance the quality and length of life for this at-risk population.

Dr. Anthony J. G. Hanley

Operating Grant 2011-2014
University of Toronto (Toronto, ON)

Dr. Hanley investigated factors that lead to the body’s decline in the use and production of insulin over time. Understanding these risk factors for adult onset diabetes could help in the development of new primary and secondary diabetes prevention strategies.

Dr. Caroline K. Kramer

Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2012-2014
Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto, ON)


Dr. Bernard Zinman and Dr. Ravi Retnakaran

Dr. Kramer aimed to find out if having low levels of vitamin D is a risk factor for developing gestational diabetes in pregnancy and type 2 diabetes later in life. Dr. Kramer measured blood vitamin D levels in women with and without gestational diabetes during and in the years after pregnancy. If low vitamin D is found to be related to diabetes in these women, it might be possible to prevent these conditions with vitamin D supplements, a safe and established therapy.

Dr. Howard Nathan

Operating Grant 2012-2015
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (Ottawa, ON)

Dr. Nathan and his team ran a clinical trial on a psychological treatment where patients were taught relaxation techniques, meditation, yoga and coping strategies to reduce the pain and numbness associated with nerve damage, a common diabetes complication. This trial measured potential benefits of this treatment, including improved quality of life, increased adherence to healthy activities and diet and better blood glucose control. The outcomes of this research could provide another strategy for treating diabetes that does not require extra medications.

Dr. Bulangu L. Gregoire Nyomba

Operating Grant 2011-2014
University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB)

Dr. Nyomba examined how drinking alcohol during pregnancy may cause diabetes in adult offspring, and how this can be transmitted through generations, explaining the passage of diabetes from mother to child. This research could help us better understand the origins of diabetes and subsequently help to develop new strategies for its prevention.

Dr. Ellen Louise Toth

Operating Grant 2012-2014
University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB)

Dr. Ellen Toth interviewed First Nations leaders to learn about what community control means for them. She and her team explored diabetes rates for each First Nations community using government data to determine if more control is related to lower diabetes rates. If community control is related to diabetes, then communities will be able to use this strategy to protect the health of community members.

Dr. Natalia Yakubovich

Operating Grant 2011-2014
McMaster University (Hamilton, ON)

This pilot study helped add new knowledge to see if patients with early type 2 diabetes can achieve and maintain normal glucose levels after intensive treatment that combines lifestyle, insulin, metformin and acarbose. If subsequent studies show that this novel treatment approach is successful in reversing diabetes for a prolonged period of time in newly diagnosed individuals, this could reduce some of the cost and burden associated with managing this disease.

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