My research involves the treatment and prevention childhood obesity and diabetes. As rates of childhood obesity increase, type 2 diabetes in children, a disease that was previously seen only in the adults, will continue to increase. Obesity is the single most important risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes and therefore, I am interested in developing and evaluating community-based programs designed to prevent childhood obesity. Also, I am interested in developing and evaluating innovative ways to provide the health services necessary for children with diabetes in order to optimize their care and prevent long term complications of this disease.


Evaluation of complex community-based childhood obesity prevention interventionsEvaluating childhood obesity prevention
Obesity Reviews
D. Karacabeyli, S. Allender, S. Pinkney, S. Amed
DOI: 10.1111/obr.12689

Type 1 Diabetes Outcomes: Does Distance to Clinic Matter?
Pediatric Diabetes
Danya A. Fox and Nazrul Islam and Shazhan Amed
DOI: 10.1111/pedi.12749

Incidence and prevalence trends of youth-onset type 2 diabetes in a cohort of Canadian youth: 2002-2013
Pediatric Diabetes
Shazhan Amed, Nazrul Islam, Jenny Sutherland, Kim Reimer
DOI: 10.1111/pedi.12631

Type 1 diabetes incidence and prevalence trends in a cohort of Canadian children and youthFOXet al.
Pediatric Diabetes
Danya A Fox, Nazrul Islam, Jenny Sutherland, Kim Reimer, Shazhan Amed
DOI: 10.1111/pedi.12566

British Columbian Healthcare Providers' Perspectives on Facilitators and Barriers to Adhering to Pediatric Diabetes Treatment Guidelines
Canadian Journal of Diabetes
Bonnie McIntosh, Karine Khatchadourian, Shazhan Amed
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2016.10.002

Do Pediatric Patients with Gynecomastia Require Routine Evaluation by Endocrinology?

Pituitary Dysfunction in Pediatric Patients with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia: A retrospective cohort study (1975-2015)
Hormone Research in Paediatrics

The effects of distance to subspecialty care, ethnicity, gender, income and caregiver education on the health of children with chronic diseases

Incidence and Prevalence Trends ofYouth-Onset Type 2 Diabetes in a Cohort of Canadian Youth: 2002-2013
Pediatric Diabetes

Maturity-Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY): Making the Right Diagnosis to Optimize Treatment
Canadian Journal of Diabetes
Shazhan Amed, Richard Oram
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2016.03.002

Wayfinding the Live 5-2-1-0 Initiative—At the Intersection between Systems Thinking and Community-Based Childhood Obesity Prevention
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Shazhan Amed, Stephanie Shea, Susan Pinkney, Joan Wharf Higgins, Patti-Jean Naylor
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph13060614

Diagnosis of diabetes type in children and young people: challenges and recommendations
The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Shazhan Amed, Paolo Pozzilli
DOI: 10.1016/s2213-8587(16)00080-2

Persistent Albuminuria in Children with Type 2 Diabetes: A Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program Study
The Journal of Pediatrics
Elizabeth A.C. Sellers, Stasia Hadjiyannakis, Shazhan Amed, Allison B. Dart, Roland F. Dyck, Jill Hamilton, Valerie Langlois, Constadina Panagiotopoulos, Heather J. Dean
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2015.09.042

Sustainable childhood obesity prevention through community engagement (SCOPE) program: evaluation of the implementation phase
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Bonnie McIntosh, Amelia Daly, Louise C. Mâsse, Jean-Paul Collet, Joan Wharf Higgins, Patti-Jean Naylor, Shazhan Amed
DOI: 10.1139/bcb-2014-0127

Creating a collective impact on childhood obesity: Lessons from the SCOPE initiative
Can J Public Health
Shazhan Amed, Patti-Jean Naylor, Susan Pinkney, Stephanie Shea, Louise C. Mâsse, Stephen Berg, Jean-Paul Collet, Joan Wharf Higgins
DOI: 10.17269/cjph.106.5114

The Future of Treating Youth-Onset Type 2 Diabetes: Focusing Upstream and Extending Our Influence into Community Environments
Current Diabetes Reports
Shazhan Amed
DOI: 10.1007/s11892-015-0576-7

Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Youth – A Family Physician’s Role in Prevention
Canadian Journal of Diagnosis

Care delivery in youth with type 2 diabetes - are we meeting clinical practice guidelines?Adherence to type 2 diabetes guidelines
Pediatric Diabetes
Shazhan Amed, Kimberly Nuernberger, Kim Reimer, Hans Krueger, Sema K. Aydede, Dieter Ayers, Jean-Paul Collet
DOI: 10.1111/pedi.12147

Clinical Management of Youth with Gender Dysphoria in Vancouver
The Journal of Pediatrics
Karine Khatchadourian, Shazhan Amed, Daniel L. Metzger
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2013.10.068

Adherence to Clinical Practice Guidelines in the Management of Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes—A Prospective Population Cohort Study
The Journal of Pediatrics
Shazhan Amed, Kimberly Nuernberger, Patrick McCrea, Kim Reimer, Hans Krueger, Sema K. Aydede, Dieter Ayers, Jean-Paul Collet
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2013.01.070

Sustainable Childhood Obesity Prevention Through Community Engagement (SCOPE): Development of a Social Media Resource for Communities
Canadian Journal of Diabetes
Stephanie Shea, Bonnie McIntosh, Amelia Daly, Jean Paul Collet, Joan Wharf Higgins, Shazhan Amed
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2013.03.256

The emerging landscape of childhood diabetes: unraveling the diagnosis
Diabetes Management
Shazhan Amed, Jill Hamilton
DOI: 10.2217/dmt.12.65

Can surveillance provide epidemiological data on Aboriginal health?
Paediatrics & Child Health
Danielle Grenier, Shazhan Amed, Paul Dancey, Heather Dean, Stasia Hadjiyannakis, Jill Hamilton, Adam Huber, Louise Pelletier, Elizabeth Sellers, Lori Tucker, Wendy Vaudry, Tom Wong
DOI: 10.1093/pch/17.8.441

Sustainable Childhood Obesity Prevention Through Community Engagement (SCOPE): A Qualitative Study
Canadian Journal of Diabetes
Bonnie Mcintosh, Amelia Daly, Louise Masse, Joan Wharf Higgins, Patti-Jean Naylor, Shazhan Amed
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2012.07.445

Adherence to Clinical Practice Guidelines Among Youth with Type 2 Diabetes in British Columbia, Canada
Canadian Journal of Diabetes
Shazhan Amed and Behrad Besharatian and Kim Reimer and Dieter Ayers and Sema Aydede and Jean-Paul Collet and Kimberley Nuernberger
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2012.07.448

Process Evaluation of a BC Initiative: Sustainable Childhood Obesity Prevention Through Community Engagement (SCOPE)
Canadian Journal of Diabetes
Amelia C. Daly, Bonnie Mcintosh, Louise Masse, Joan Wharf Higgins, Patti-Jean Naylor, Shazhan Amed
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2012.07.446

Evaluation of a Provincial Education Resource for Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes - A Guide for Families: Diabetes Care for Children and Teens
Canadian Journal of Diabetes
Heather Nichol, Bonnie Mcintosh, Shazhan Amed
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2012.07.026

Differing clinical features in Aboriginal vs. non-Aboriginal children presenting with type 2 diabetesType 2 diabetes in Aboriginal vs. non-Aboriginal children
Pediatric Diabetes
Shazhan Amed, Jill K. Hamilton, Elizabeth A.C. Sellers, Constadina Panagiotopoulos, Stasia Hadjiyannakis, Baiju R. Shah, Gillian L. Booth, Tessa A. Laubscher, David Dannenbaum, Heather Dean
DOI: 10.1111/j.1399-5448.2012.00859.x

Risk Factors for Medication-Induced Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes
The Journal of Pediatrics
Shazhan Amed, Heather Dean, Elizabeth A.C. Sellers, Constadina Panagiotopoulos, Baiju R. Shah, Gillian L. Booth, Tessa A. Laubscher, David Dannenbaum, Stasia Hadjiyannakis, Jill K. Hamilton
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2011.01.017

Validation of classification algorithms for childhood diabetes identified from administrative data
Pediatric Diabetes
Saskia E Vanderloo, Jeffrey A Johnson, Kim Reimer, Patrick McCrea, Kimberly Nuernberger, Hans Krueger, Sema K Aydede, Jean-Paul Collet, Shazhan Amed
DOI: 10.1111/j.1399-5448.2011.00795.x

Validation of diabetes case definitions using administrative claims data.
Diabetic medicine : a journal of the British Diabetic Association
DOI: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2011.03238.x
PubMed: 21392063

Type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents
Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
Shazhan Amed, Denis Daneman, Farid H Mahmud, Jill Hamilton
DOI: 10.1586/erc.10.15

Type 2 Diabetes, Medication-Induced Diabetes, and Monogenic Diabetes in Canadian Children: A prospective national surveillance study
Diabetes Care
S. Amed, H. J. Dean, C. Panagiotopoulos, E. A. C. Sellers, S. Hadjiyannakis, T. A. Laubscher, D. Dannenbaum, B. R. Shah, G. L. Booth, J. K. Hamilton
DOI: 10.2337/dc09-1013

National Surveillance of Non-Type 1 Diabetes (NT1DM) In Canadian Children.
Canadian Journal of Diabetes
Shazhan Amed and Heather Dean and Jill Hamilton and Ntldm study Team
DOI: 10.1016/s1499-2671(08)24033-5

When Sugar is Not a Sweet: Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrom
Turner Syndrome: Across the Lifespan

Variation in Growth Hormone Immunoassays in Clinical Practice in Canada
Hormone Research
Shazhan Amed, Edgard Delvin, Jill Hamilton
DOI: 10.1159/000114860

Unravelling the risk factors for non-type 1 diabetes in children
Paediatrics & Child Health
DOI: 10.1093/pch/11.8.506


Current projects
I recently completed a national surveillance study for Non-type 1 diabetes mellitus in Canadian children
One of the most striking findings in the national surveillance study for type 2 diabetes was that 95% of Canadian children with T2DM are obese. Therefore, obesity is the single most important risk factor for T2DM. As a result, I am currently leading SCOPE: Sustainable Childhood Obesity Prevention through Community Engagement, a project rooted in the principles of community based participation. SCOPE is a community-based, multi-sectoral childhood obesity prevention project that addresses the mid- and up-stream determinants of health and incorporates the unique characteristics of BC populations. SCOPE will be piloted in the cities of Prince George and Abbotsford.

I am also working closely with Child Health BC to develop a provincial pediatric diabetes program in British Columbia. Recognizing the importance of evaluating and reporting the impact of new models of care, I will use existing provincial and national databases to determine if this provincial pediatric model of diabetes care will improve clinical (i.e. diabetes control, reduction of complications) and non-clinical outcomes (i.e. school performance, psychosocial outcomes) in children with diabetes.


CIHR Operating Grant: Knowledge to Action - Project: "Tele-SCOPE - Translation, Evaluation and Learnings Exchanged for Sustainable Childhood Obesity Prevention Through Community Engagement."

Honours & Awards

Restracomp Fellowship Appointment—2007/08 Salary support during a second year of research fellowship in Paediatric Endocrinology Amount: $40,000

Rookie of the Year, Department Of Pediatrics, BC Children’s Hospital- 2009

Canadian Society For Clinical Investigation Canadian Institutes Of Research (Csci/Cihr) Resident Research Prize —2004

Resident Clinical Teaching Award, Child Health at the Health Sciences Center and University of Manitoba — 2003-2004

Resident Teaching Award, University of Manitoba — 2003-2004

Hoffman Laroche Canadian Paediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Research Award — 2006/07 Salary support during a year of research fellowship in Paediatric Endocrinology Amount: $60,000

Pediatric Resident Regional Research Competition — Winner 2004

Perls Teaching Award, Department Of Pediatrics, The Hospital For Sick Children —2008

Pediatric Resident National Research Competition — Winner 2004

Canucks for Kids Fund Catalyst Grant- 2013

Research Group Members

Kiana Yau
Aysha Ayub
Selina Suleman
Lynn Kennedy, Masters Student
Susan Pinkney
Shelly Keidar, E2i Research Coordinator
Kimberly Charbonneau
Samia El Joueidi
Caris Tze
Zahraa Hawili
Silke Hansen, Research Assistant
Kelly Banh, SCOPE Research Assistant