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2nd Annual UBC Okanagan Diabetes Research Day
Kelowna, BC
Wednesday, June 19, 1 pm – 8 pm
Thursday, June 20, 8 am – 1 pm

To register visit to register to attend & submit your abstract. 

  • Abstract submission deadline: June 9 (11:59 pm)

Vancouver Diabetes Research Day 2019 will be held over two days, June  19 - 20, at the Hotel Eldorado in Kelowna BC. This exciting 2nd annual scientific day enables diabetes research trainees from across British Columbia to network, collaborate, and most importantly, present their work. 

All trainees are encouraged to submit an abstract for a poster presentation or deliver a short talk. Vancouver-based trainees who register can sign up for group transportation & accommodations. Please sign up today so we know who requires travel.

There is no cost to attend this meeting but registration is required.

For more information contact:

BC Diabetes Research Network
Twitter: BCDiabResNet 

View the UBCO Diabetes Research Day flyer.

2018 Vancouver Diabetes Research Day

Researchers from across the province of BC gathered in November for the fifth annual Vancouver Diabetes Research Day 2018. This event is an annual opportunity to connect, share, collaborate and celebrate the incredible diabetes research taking place in BC.

This event was held on November 16, 2018 at UBC Point Grey campus. The annual research day event showcases the depth of diabetes research across British Columbia. Research presented this year spanned translational research from beta cell to bedside. Two themes emerged: Genetics, Prevention, Patients and Complications of Diabetes and Islet Biology and Cell Therapy.

This trainee organized event brought together over 150 members from across British Columbia. The diabetes research community from across BC have had numerous opportunities to gather this past year thanks in large part to a UBC Grant for Catalyzing Research Clusters awarded in 2018 to support knowledge exchange activities.

We are grateful for the keynote speakers for their travel to Vancouver and for their contributions and inspiring presentations:

  • Dr Carla Greenbaum from Benaroya Institute in Seattle, Washington who presented “Disease-modelling therapy in Type 1 diabetes”
  • Dr Michael German, University of California San Francisco’s Diabetes Centre who presented “Beta-cell generation, regeneration and degeneration”

Thank you to our venue hosts:

  • UBC Life Sciences Institute
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health

Thank you for the financial support of our sponsors:

  • BC Diabetes Research Network
  • Cedar-lane
  • Integrated DNA Technologies
  • Lilly Diabetes Canada
  • Meso Scale Discovery
  • NanoString Technologies
  • New England BioLabs Ltd
  • Solo GI Nutrition
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific

And thank to our community partners for their participation and support:

  • Cities Changing Diabetes

We invite everyone to participate again next year in the annual celebration of diabetes research in British Columbia. We will hold the meeting the week of November 14, 2019 to coincide with World Diabetes Day.

Event information will be posted on the BC Diabetes Research Network website:

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New Publications from the Diabetes Team

The Gibson Lab's CK Wong has had his paper accepted to the American Diabetes Association's journal Diabetes. Read the paper here.

The paper describes one mechanism whereby susceptibility to a common, complex disease (diabetes) can be determined by epigenetic modifications. The idea came from a patient Dr. Gibson saw who had deletion of one of her EP300 genes, and also had early-onset diabetes without being obese or having autoimmune destruction of islets.

Dan Luciani and Francis Lynn contributed directly to this project and are co-authors.

CK's has been supported for 2 years by the Canucks for Kids Fund Diabetes Studentship.

Additionally, Lynn Lab PhD alumni Paul Sabatini has a new publication in Cell Reports. Read the paper here.

Congratulations to everyone on their new publications!

2017 Vancouver Diabetes Research Day

Thank you to everyone who helped make 2017 Vancouver Diabetes Research Day a great success!

Photo credit: Ianick Leroux


New Journal Publication by the Lynn Lab

Dr. Francis Lynn
 and PhD student Nicole Krentz have published their studies in the journal, Developmental Cell. Their research shows how the NEUROG3 transcription factor regulates pancreatic islet beta cell differentiation.

These studies provide insight into how stem cells can be stimulated to generate beta cells for treatment of diabetes. Developmental Cell is a high impact journal for developmental biology.

Read more about the findings.

You can view the full news archive here.




Canucks for Kids Fund Childhood Diabetes Laboratories

BC Children's Hospital Foundation