The 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.

Canucks for Kids Fund Summer 2019 Members Update

Check out the latest edition of the Canucks for Kids Fund Childhood Diabetes Laboratories newsletter for Summer 2019. Get up to date on recent news and achievements by our trainees, faculty, and staff.

View the Summer 2019 Members Update

Vancouver Diabetes Research Day 2019 on November 14!

Vancouver Diabetes Research Day (VDRD) 2019 will be held on Thursday, November 14 at the UBC Nest. Registration and abstract submission is available through the BC Diabetes Research Network website.

VDRD 2019 is your opportunity to present your research and network with others. Plan to put down the pipettes and participate in this full day of science and celebration with your diabetes research community. There will be exciting keynote speakers, posters and scientific seminars, and prizes! 

Click here to view the abstract book and an updated agenda.



Canucks for Kids Fund Childhood Diabetes Laboratories

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