On February 26, 2013, Dr. Daniel Metzger and Dr. Bruce Verchere received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for their outstanding research and dedication to improving the lives of Canadians living with diabetes. Both Dr. Metzger and Dr. Verchere were nominated by the Canadian Diabetes Association to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

As a clinical investigator at the Child & Family Research Institute, Dr. Metzger’s research focuses on the development, prevention and treatment of type 1 diabetes in children. In addition, Dr. Metzger is a clinical professor at the University of British Columbia and a pediatric endocrinologist at the BC Children’s Hospital. He is also the Medical Director of Camp Kakhamela, the Canadian Diabetes Association’s summer camp for children living with diabetes in British Columbia.

Dr. Verchere, Head of the Diabetes Research Program at CFRI, researches insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas to understand why they stop working in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and after transplantation. Dr. Verchere is also a professor in the Department of Surgery and the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine as well as the Irving K Barber Chair in Diabetes Research at the University of British Columbia.