Canucks for Kids Fund Childhood Diabetes LaboratoryThe Canucks for Kids Fund Childhood Diabetes Laboratories aim to improve the lives of children with diabetes by advancing knowledge of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, through innovative and multi-disciplinary basic and clinical diabetes research. Research is aimed at understanding the causes of types 1 and 2 diabetes and improving treatments.

Our team brings together researchers from a variety of backgrounds – including virology, genetics, immunology, islet biology, and clinical diabetes research – to tackle this complex disease. Our investigators have extensive ties with the international diabetes research community and participate in international clinical trials for diabetes.

Fast Facts

  • Diabetes Research Day, group shotThe Canucks for Kids Fund Childhood Diabetes Laboratories were created in 2002 with a $9-million award from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and British Columbia Knowledge Development Fun
  • Created 50 new jobs with support from international, industrial and charitable funders
  • Housed at the research facilities at BC Children’s Hospital
  • 12 core investigators including 4 new recruits
  • In the past 5 years, diabetes investigators have supervised over 100 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and more than 80 undergraduates.
  • Since 2009, diabetes researchers have made 7 invention disclosures, filed 17 patents (provisional and utility), and filed 2 interinstitutional/option agreements.

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The University of British Columbia Vice-President, Research & Innovation Office is supporting the development of clusters of research excellence at UBC. A team of UBC investigators from across multiple sites including BCCHR, UBC Life Sciences Institute, VGH and the UBC Okanagan campus
have been awarded a $100,000 team grant for Catalyzing Research Clusters to provide seed funding in support of developing a diabetes research cluster for the region in 2018.

Investigators

Our team brings together researchers from a variety of backgrounds – including virology, genetics, immunology, islet biology, and clinical diabetes research – to tackle this complex disease.

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