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Diabetes

The Ottawa Hospital is conducting cutting-edge research to improve our understanding of diabetes (type 1 and type 2) and develop better treatments. This page includes selected news stories about our diabetes research, links to researchers working in this area and related resources. Learn more below.

Research News


Tiny bits of blood vessel may warn of newborn complications
November 4, 2021 - A study published in Biomarker Research co-led by Drs. Dylan Burger and Denice Feig found that extracellular vesicles may be able to predict newborn outcomes, at least in pregnant people with diabetes.
Can Type 2 diabetes be reversed? Research study available to Ottawa patients.
January 31, 2020 - Can we put Type 2 diabetes into remission? The Ottawa Hospital is one of eight sites across the country where patients can participate in a study of a new approach to treat this chronic condition. Usually individuals with Type 2 diabetes start treatm
Liver could be new target for type 1 diabetes research, treatments
December 18, 2019 - Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease often diagnosed in children and young adults, but the disease process probably begins much earlier. Dr. Fraser Scott’s team conducted one of the first studies to identify very early defects in the liver
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Researchers


Name Scientific appointment Diseases, conditions and populations of interest Research and clinical approaches
Burger, Dylan
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Chronic Disease)
Aging, Chronic disease, Diabetes, Hypertension, Kidney disease, Type 1 diabetes, Vascular cognitive impairment, Vascular, heart and metabolic disease Basic research, Biomarkers, Disease models, Extracellular vesicles / exosomes, Imaging, Molecular and cellular biology, Pharmacology, Proteomics, Regenerative medicine, Stem cells, Transgenic/knockout models, Translational research
Burns, Kevin
MD CM, FRCPC
Senior Scientist
(Chronic Disease)
Diabetes, Kidney disease, Vascular, heart and metabolic disease Basic research, Biomarkers, Cell therapy, Clinical research, Disease models, Extracellular vesicles / exosomes, Gene expression, Molecular and cellular biology, Regenerative medicine, Stem cells, Transgenic/knockout models, Translational research
Chen, Hsiao-Huei
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Neuroscience)
Aging, Autism, Dementia, Depression, Mental health, Tourette's, Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's, Anxiety, Diabetes, Obesity, Schizophrenia, Stroke, Vascular, heart and metabolic disease Disease models, Gene expression, Optogenetics, Transgenic/knockout models, Basic research, Molecular and cellular biology, Translational research
Druce, Irena
MD, FRCPC, MSc
Clinician Investigator
(Chronic Disease)
Diabetes, Health equity Cancer immunotherapy, Health promotion, Translational research
El-Chaar, Darine
MD, FRCSC, Msc
Associate Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
COVID-19, Diabetes, Maternal and fetal health, Newborn and child health, Population health, Pregnancy, Women's health Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health research methods, Health services research, Public health, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Systematic reviews
Hiremath, Swapnil
MD, MPH, FASN
Associate Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Chronic disease, Diabetes, Health in older peoples, Heart disease, Hypertension, Kidney disease, Population health, Vascular, heart and metabolic disease Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health services research, Imaging, Pharmacology, Pragmatic trials, Public health, Quality Improvement, Systematic reviews
Kennedy, Christopher
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Chronic Disease)
Diabetes, Hypertension, Kidney disease Molecular and cellular biology
Manuel, Douglas
MD, MSc, FRCPC
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Aging, Alzheimer's, Cancer, COVID-19, Dementia, Diabetes, Frailty, Global health, Health equity, Health in disadvantaged peoples, Health in older peoples, Immigrant and refugee health, Infectious disease, Obesity, Parkinson's, Population health, Stroke, Vascular cognitive impairment, Vascular, heart and metabolic disease Artificial intelligence and data science, Big data, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Digital and mobile health, Epidemiology, Health research methods, Health services research, Prevention, Public health
McBurney, Michael
PhD
Program Director and
Senior Scientist Emeritus
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Aging, Diabetes, Cancer Molecular and cellular biology, Transgenic/knockout models, Basic research
Presseau, Justin
PhD
Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
COVID-19, Diabetes, Retinal disease Artificial intelligence and data science, Patient engagement, Psychometrics, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Transfusions, Transplantation, Behaviour, Psychology, Health professional behaviour change, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Health promotion, Cluster randomized trials, Surveys
Sorisky, Alexander
MD, CM, FRCPC
Program Director and
Senior Scientist
(Chronic Disease)
Obesity, Diabetes, Heart disease Basic research, Molecular and cellular biology
Thavorn, Kednapa
BPharm, MPharm, PhD
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Cancer, COVID-19, Diabetes, Gastrointestinal disease, Glaucoma, Global health, Health in disadvantaged peoples, Health in older peoples, HIV, Immigrant and refugee health, Population health, Septic shock, Stroke, Thrombosis / thromboembolism, Vision Clinical research, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health economics, Health research methods, Health services research, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Patient engagement, Pharmacy, Public health, Quality Improvement, Systematic reviews