Diabetes, Nutrition & Metabolism
Childhood Diabetes Research
Diabetes investigators perform basic and clinical research aimed at understanding the causes and improving the treatment of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Areas studied include genetics, autoimmunity, viral causes of diabetes, islet cell biology and transplantation, pancreas development, obesity and metabolism, and population health. Core facilities in histology, imaging, cellular immunology, viral pathology, and islet isolation and transplantation facilitate the efficient use of resources, encourage collaboration, and create a strong training environment.
Dr. Bruce Verchere
Head, Diabetes Research Program, CFRI
Professor, Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Surgery, UBC
Irving K Barber Chair in Diabetes Research
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Nutrition & Metabolism
Nutrition and metabolism researchers focus on how dietary components alone – and in combination with genotype and environmental factors – influence maternal health and child development and health, including neural development, inflammatory disorders and susceptibility to disease. They also study nutrition modalities to best support children with genetic disorders and disease. State-of-the-art technologies enable investigators to study the role of diet and dietary components from the level of the gene, through protein function, to aberrations in metabolic pathway, applicable to basic and human studies. Discoveries lead to practical solutions for the individual family, community, and population addressing policy and population health, vulnerable populations, predisposing factors, and advances in clinical nutrition care.
Dr. Sheila Innis
Head, Nutrition & Metabolism Research Program, CFRI
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UBC
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