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Diabetes Canada and CIHR INMD - Early Career Researcher Partnership Award

Diabetes Canada established the Early Career Researcher Award (previously Young Scientist Award) in 1987 for the purpose of encouraging, by appropriate recognition, outstanding research conducted in Canada by young scientists in the field of diabetes. This award continues today with the support of research funding from Diabetes Canada and CIHR-INMD. The significance of the award and the distinguished recipient is recognized by a special lecture.

Past award recipients

Year Recipient
2023 Dr. Jonathan Schertzer
2022 Dr. Sonia Butalia
2021 Dr. Francis Lynn
2020 Dr. Jennifer Estall
2019 Dr. David Cherney
2018 Dr. Patrick McDonald
2017 Dr. Gregory Steinberg
2016 Dr. James D. Johnson
2015 Dr. Bruce Perkins
2014 Dr. Rob Screaton
2013 Dr. Tony Lam
2012 Dr. Andre Carpentier
2011 Dr. Minna Woo
2010 Dr. Timothy Kieffer
2009 Dr. Vincent Poitout
2008 Dr. Jeffrey A. Johnson
2007 Dr. Peter Light
2006 Dr. C. Bruce Verchere
2005 Dr. André Marette
2004 Dr. Gregory Korbutt
2003 Dr. Micheal Wheeler
2002 Dr. Robert Hegele
2001 Dr. Gary Lewis
2000 Dr. Pere Santamaria
1999 Dr. Hertzel Gerstein
1998 Dr. Patricia Brubaker
1997 Dr. Jean-pierre Després
1996 Dr. Daniel Drucker
1995 Dr. Diane Finegood
1993 Dr. George Fantus
1991 Dr. Gerald Van de Werve
1990 Dr. Amira Klip
1988 Dr. Bernard Zinman
1987 Dr. Jerry Radziuk


The award will be made for research conducted, by a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, in the field of diabetes at an institution located in Canada, on the basis of original scientific contributions, as judged by the nominee’s publications. To be eligible, an investigator must not have passed their forty-seventh (47th) birthday by January 1st of the year in which the award is to be bestowed.

Nominees are encouraged to be members of the Professional Section of Diabetes Canada.

Nomination procedure

Nominations may be made by two members of the professional section of Diabetes Canada and/or The National Research Council.

The first nominator is responsible for coordinating the nomination and for completing the online nomination form with the required information, including uploading:

  1. curriculum vitae of the nominee;
  2. up to (but not exceeding) ten of the nominee’s most significant publications;
  3. two letters (one each from the nominator and seconder) indicating the reasons for submitting this particular nomination.

Selection process

Nominations will be reviewed by Diabetes Canada's National Research Council. The National Research Council consists of scientific experts across the country who represent the four pillars of research and are active researchers within the diabetes community.

Nomination deadline

Nominations must be submitted online using the online nomination form by July 7, 2023.

In the event that no suitable nomination is made, the award will be deferred for this year.

Nomination form

Submit nominations using the online form

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