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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


New scientist profile: Dr. Blair Gage uses stem cell biology to build blood vessels and develop new treatments
January 2, 2024 - As a self-proclaimed “cell therapist,” Dr. Blair Gage aims to understand what makes stem cells tick and then gently coax them to realize their full potential.
Diabetes: innovative meta-analysis reveals best quality improvement strategies
July 5, 2023 - Dr. Jeremy Grimshaw recently led an innovative Cochrane meta-analysis of 553 clinical trials including more than 400,000 participants around the world to determine the best quality improvement strategies for diabetes care.
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.
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Researchers


Name Scientific appointment Diseases, conditions and populations of interest Research and clinical approaches
Austin, Michael
MD, FRCPC
Clinician Investigator
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Asthma, Cardiac arrest, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Diabetes, Pain, Population health, Stroke Clinical decision rules, Clinical trials, Cluster randomized trials, Cohort studies, Critical care, Emergency medicine, Palliative care, Risk assessment
Burger, Dylan
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Chronic Disease)
Aging, Chronic disease, Diabetes, Heart disease, Hypertension, Kidney disease, Maternal and fetal health, Obesity, Thrombosis / thromboembolism, Type 1 diabetes, Vascular cognitive impairment, Vascular, heart and metabolic disease Basic research, Biomarkers, Disease models, Exercise, Extracellular vesicles / exosomes, Imaging, Model organisms, 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, Heart disease, Maternal and fetal health, Mental health, Tourette's, Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's, Anxiety, Diabetes, Obesity, Schizophrenia, Stroke, Vascular, heart and metabolic disease Disease models, Drug development, Gene expression, Neuro-stimulation, 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
Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Autoimmune disease, COVID-19, Diabetes, Infectious disease, Inflammatory bowel syndrome, 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
Gage, Blair
PhD
Scientist
(Regenerative Medicine)
Bleeding disorders, Diabetes, Liver cancer, Liver disease, Vascular, heart and metabolic disease Basic research, Bioinformatics, Cell therapy, Disease models, Gene expression, Gene therapy, Genetics, Genomics, Model organisms, Molecular and cellular biology, Regenerative medicine, Stem cells, Translational research, Transplantation
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
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Chronic disease, Chronic pain, COVID-19, Diabetes, Health equity, Hepatitis C, Immigrant and refugee health, Inflammatory bowel syndrome, Retinal disease, Vision Artificial intelligence and data science, Health services research, Patient engagement, Psychometrics, Public health, 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 Emeritus
(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 equity, 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