2017 Research Competition Results

Diabetes Canada 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 diabetes researchers and research trainees 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 Diabetes Canada’s National Research Council (NRC).

Please see below for a listing of the funded 2017 applicants.

Diabetes Investigator Awards 

Award recipient Dr. Andrew Advani
Award type

Diabetes Investigator Award – Clinician Scientist Stream

Project title Non-coding RNA in diabetic kidney disease
Institution St Michael's Hospital
Province Ontario
Duration of funding 2017-2022
Award recipient Dr. Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret
Award type Diabetes Investigator Award – Clinician Scientist Stream
Project title

Strategies to reduce exercise-induced hypoglycemia in adults with type 1 diabetes

Institution Clinical Research Institute of Montreal (IRCM)
Province Quebec
Duration of funding 2017-2022
Award recipient Dr. James D. Johnson
Award type Diabetes Investigator Award – Research Scientist Stream
Project title Mechanisms enabling survival of stressed beta-cells
Institution University of British Columbia (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Province British Columbia
Duration of funding 2017-2022
Award recipient Dr. Gregory Steinberg
Award type

Diabetes Investigator Award – Research Scientist Stream

Project title Inflammation, Metabolism and Type 2 Diabetes
Institution McMaster University (Hamilton, ON)
Province Ontario
Duration of funding 2017-2022

New Investigator Awards

Award recipient Dr. Satya Dash
Award type New Investigator Award – Clinician Scientist Stream
Project title

Targeting the central nervous system for treatment of obesity and metabolic disease in humans

Institution

University Health Network, Toronto

Province Ontario
Duration of funding 2017-2020
Award recipient Dr. Claudia Gagnon
Award type New Investigator Award – Clinician Scientist Stream
Project title Bone health after bariatric surgery in people with type 2 diabetes
Institution Centre de recherche du CHUL (CRCHUL) University Laval (Québec, QC)
Province Québec
Duration of funding 2017-2020
Award recipient Dr. Ahmad Haidar
Award type New Investigator Award – Research Scientist Stream
Project title The development of a multi-hormone fully-automated artificial pancreas system
Institution

McGill University (Montreal, QC)

Province Québec
Duration of funding 2017-2020
Award recipient Dr. Jonathan Schertzer
Award type

New Investigator Award – Research Scientist Stream

Project title Microbiota control insulin dynamics and sensitivity
Institution McMaster University (Hamilton, ON)
Province Ontario
Duration of funding 2017-2020

Postdoctural Fellowships

Award recipient

Dr. Anne-Marie Carreau

Award type Postdoctoral Fellowship
Supervisor(s) Dr. Melanie Cree-Green
Project title Mitochondrial function in PCOS linking hepatic steatosis and insulin resistance
Institution

University of Colorado Denver-Anschutz (CO)

Province N/A
Duration of funding 2017-2019
Award recipient Dr. Saifur R. Khan
Award type Postdoctoral Fellowship
Supervisor(s) Dr. Michael Brent Wheeler
Project title Transition of T2D from GDM: Prediction with high discrimination and novel insight of the T2D etiology
Institution University of Toronto (Toronto, ON)
Province Ontario
Duration of funding 2017-2020
Award recipient Dr. Christopher McGlory
Award type Postdoctoral Fellowship
Supervisor(s) Professor Stuart Martin Phillips
Project title Mechanisms of insulin resistance during muscle disuse atrophy
Institution McMaster University (Hamilton, ON)
Province Ontario
Duration of funding 2017-2019
Award recipient Dr. Adriana Migliorini
Award type Postdoctoral Fellowship
Supervisor Dr. Timothy Kieffer
Project title Stem-cell based insulin replacement for diabetes
Institution

University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)

Province British Columbia
Duration of funding 2017-2020
Award recipient Dr. Rucha Patel
Award type Postdoctoral Fellowship
Supervisor(s) Dr. Barbara Kahn
Project title Biosynthetic Regulation of a Novel Class of Lipids with Anti-diabetic and Anti-Inflammatory Effects
Institution Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre (Boston, MA)
Province N/A
Duration of funding

2017-2020

Award recipient Dr. Elite Possik
Award type Postdoctoral Fellowship
Supervisor Dr. Marc Prentki
Project title Role of glycerol-3-phosphate phosphatase in energy metabolism and insulin homeostasis.
Institution CR-CHUM, University of Montreal (Montreal, QC)
Province Quebec
Duration of funding 2017-2020
Award recipient Dr. Samaneh Yazdanikivi
Award type Postdoctoral Fellowship
Supervisor(s) Dr. Amira Klip
Project title The microvascular bed in diabetes: permeability defects, inflammation and potential therapeutic avenues
Institution Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, ON)
Province Ontario
Duration of funding

2017-2020