Dr. Bruce Verchere
Chair, UBC Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Departments of Surgery & Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Bruce is the UBC Departments of Surgery and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, head of the Canucks for Kids Fund Childhood Diabetes Laboratories at BC Children’s Hospital, and holds the Irving K Barber Chair in Diabetes Research. His research, funded by CIHR, JDRF< and the Stem Cell Network, aims to understand how pancreatic islet beta cells function and why they are lost or are dysfunctional in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and following transplantation. He has made contributions to our understanding of islet inflammation the biosynthesis of beta cell hormones, and the pathophysiology of the beta cell peptide islet amyloid polypeptide. He has chaired and served on review panels for CIHR, JDRF, and NIH, and currently sits on advisory board of the journal Endocrinology and as an associate editor of Islets and Diabetologia. His contributions to diabetes research and service have been recognized by the Diabetes Canada Young Scientist award (2006), a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013), and the Geoffrey L Hammond Lectureship (2016).