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.
2023 Canucks for Kids Fund Diabetes Catalyst Grant Winners
Congratulations to Dr. Brenden Hursh and Dr. Ramon Klein Geltink who were awarded funding through the 2023 Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF) Catalyst Diabetes Grant for the following projects:
Dr. Brenden Hursh
Project: Pediatric diabetes clinician experience with virtual visits in BC: Planning for a sustainable and effective care delivery model for the future
Amount: $70,000/2 years
Dr. Ramon Klein Geltink
Project: Beta cell triosephosphate isomerase (TPI) as a novel therapeutic target in diabetes
Amount: $70,000/2 years