Discovery Talks are the research community's international seminar series. Featuring influential research leaders from around the globe, the series promotes knowledge exchange, fosters international collaborations and showcases the latest innovations in research.
The Healthy Starts Theme and UBC Pediatric Grand Rounds present:

Developmental Origins of Pediatric Obesity and Diabetes

Dr. Dana Dabelea
Director, Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center;
Conrad M. Riley Endowed Professor, Colorado School of Public Health 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the burden of pediatric type 1 and type 2 diabetes       
  2. Discuss the developmental overnutrition pathway to obesity in type 2 diabetes     
  3. Highlight potential avenues for prevention


The seminar is scheduled for Friday, May 4, 2018, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at the Chan Centre for Family Health Education (Map), BC Children's Hospital Research Institute. 

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Discovery Talks is accredited as a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. CME credits are available for all participants.

About the Speaker

For nearly 20 years, Dr. Dabelea has focused on the rising rate of type 2 diabetes in youth, and is the author of one of the first papers to highlight this trend. Originally from Romania, she trained as a physician diabetologist, completed a clinical science PhD, and then went on to spend two years of postdoctoral studies at the National Institute of Diabetes and
D​igestive and Kidney Diseases, where she focused on diabetes research among the Pima Indians. It was there that she became interested in the rising rate of type 2 diabetes, particularly in youth.

Dr. Dabelea’s research looking at diabetes during pregnancy led her to believe that a life course approach to diabetes, with a specific focus on pediatric diabetes, could increase the likelihood of identifying early risk factors for the disease before chronic complications can develop.

Dr. Dabelea is currently the Director of the LEAD Center and a Conrad M. Riley Endowed Professor.

Video recordings of previous lectures are available online: Video Library. These may be useful for classes, or of interest to those who are unable to attend events. 

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