The Canucks for Kids Fund Childhood Diabetes Laboratories was established in 2012 with its 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.
In 2018 the BC Diabetes Research Network was established at the BC Children’s Hospital with a grant from the University of British Columbia. The BCDRN is a provincial network to connect diabetes researchers from across British Columbia. The network is a resource for the faculty, trainees and staff engaged in diabetes research across British Columbia. BC Diabetes Research Network website.
- Housed at the research facilities at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute in the Translational Research Building
- The 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 Fund
- In 2016 received $8.1 million award from Canada Foundation for Innovation and British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund for new instruments and technology
- 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.
- Created 50 new jobs with support from international, industrial and charitable funders
- Since 2009, diabetes researchers have made 7 invention disclosures, filed 17 patents (provisional and utility), and filed 2 interinstitutional/option agreements.
2022 Canucks for Kids Fund Clinical Research Pilot Grants
The Canucks for Kids Fund made a 10-year contribution to establish and build the Childhood Diabetes Laboratories at the BC Children’s Hospital. Over the past decade the gift has brought sustained, annual support that has been invested in collaborative activities, catalyst grants, training awards, trainees, and operations.
As the current CFKF commitment is ending, there is a last opportunity to offer clinical research seed grants to the those interested in establishing diabetes-related clinical research projects at BCCH.
There is a total amount of $30,000 available for investment in clinical research pilot projects.
BCCH site members are eligible for funding up to $15,000.00 (CDN). Funding may be used for research targeted at improving the lives of children with diabetes in British Columbia.
Please click on the button below for more information and to download the request for applications.
Leadership Update: October 2021
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Francis Lynn as the new Head of the Childhood Diabetes Research Laboratories at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR) beginning October 1, 2021.
Dr. Lynn is an investigator with the Childhood Diseases Research Theme at BC Children's Hospital, and an Associate Professor in the University of British Columbia’s Department of Surgery and School of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Lynn’s research focuses on the mechanisms that regulate the formation of islet beta-cells from pancreatic stem or progenitor cells. This work could lead to new and refined cell-based approaches for preventing and reversing the beta-cell deterioration and loss that occur with diabetes.
In his new role, Dr. Lynn will provide oversight, leadership and strategic guidance for diabetes research at BCCHR and will play an integral role in the success of research in this field within BC Children’s Hospital. He will work with clinicians, scientists and members of the community to build diabetes research capacity at BCCHR; promote collaborative interactions; foster the training and development of current and future diabetes researchers; further relationships with partners (such as BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Canucks for Kids Fund); and nurture strategic relationships with provincial, national and international organizations.
With this new appointment, Dr. Bruce Verchere will also be stepping down as head of the Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF) Diabetes Research Laboratories, effective October 31, 2021. Dr. Verchere has led the diabetes program since its creation in 2002 and helped established BC Children’s as a national leader in the field of pediatric diabetes research. During his time as head of the Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF) Diabetes Research Laboratories, he has built a multi-disciplinary team of over 100 world-class researchers; trainees and staff; secured several major infrastructure grants; and developed an engaged provincial network to further research into understanding the causes of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and improving treatments. We thank Dr. Verchere for his leadership, mentorship and many contributions to diabetes research, and wish him well as he continues his role as investigator at BC Children’s Hospital and Director for the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Lynn to his new role as Head of the Childhood Diabetes Research Laboratories. We wish both Dr. Lynn and Dr. Verchere the best in their future endeavours.