About Us

What is the BC Diabetes Research Network?

The BC Diabetes Research Network is a province-wide network for diabetes researchers to connect and collaborate. Currently, we are focusing on four areas of research strength:





What we do

1 DISCOVER innovate & accelerate the discovery of new diabetes therapies.

2 TREAT improve & enhance clinical diabetes care.

3 TRAIN inspire & mentor the next generation of diabetes researchers.

4 PREVENT predict & minimize health risks in future generations and stabilize current population.

5 COMMUNICATE connect &  share with the public the diabetes research being performed across British Columbia.

6 PARTNER translate knowledge by working with non-government organizations, industry and other diabetes research groups.

Where we are

British Columbia is home to a diverse research community that is passionate about improving the lives of those living with diabetes. Our efforts cross multiple academic institutions, hospital-based research institutes and community organizations.

Our members come from:

  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver BC)
  • University of British Columbia Okanagan (Kelowna BC)
  • Simon Fraser University (Burnaby BC)
  • University of Victoria (Victoria BC)
  • University of Northern British Columbia (Prince George BC)

In addition to the academic campuses the health research field is diverse. Research is conducted in institutes across the provincial health authorities:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
  • BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
  • Providence Health Care Research Institute
  • Fraser Health Authority

UBC diabetes research hubs include:

  • BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute Canucks for Kids Fund Childhood Diabetes Laboratories
  • UBC Life Sciences Institute Diabetes Research Group
  • Vancouver Hospital Ike Barber Human Islet Transplantation Laboratory
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