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Zooming in on Diabetes Journal Club May 19, 2022
May 19 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Zooming in on Diabetes

Thursday, May 19 at 09:00 


Dr. Jelena Kolic, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Johnson Lab, Life Sciences Institute, University of British Columbia (Vancouver)

Title of Paper:

Gut microbiota-bile acid crosstalk contributes to the rebound weight gain after calorie restriction in mice


Calorie restriction (CR) and fasting are common approaches to weight reduction, but the maintenance is difficult after resuming food consumption. Meanwhile, the gut microbiome associated with energy harvest alters dramatically in response to nutrient deprivation. Here, we reported that CR and high-fat diet (HFD) both remodeled the gut microbiota with similar microbial composition, Parabacteroides distasonis was most significantly decreased after CR or HFD. CR altered microbiota and reprogramed metabolism, resulting in a distinct serum bile acid profile characterized by depleting the proportion of non-12α-hydroxylated bile acids, ursodeoxycholic acid and lithocholic acid. Downregulation of UCP1 expression in brown adipose tissue and decreased serum GLP-1 were observed in the weight-rebound mice. Moreover, treatment with Parabacteroides distasonis or non-12α-hydroxylated bile acids ameliorated weight regain via increased thermogenesis. Our results highlighted the gut microbiota-bile acid crosstalk in rebound weight gain and Parabacteroides distasonis as a potential probiotic to prevent rapid post-CR weight gain.



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About Zooming in on Diabetes Journal Club

It is a joint initiative across the University of British Columbia campuses including the Life Sciences Centre and the BC Children’s Hospital.

This Journal Club is designed for trainees to develop skills in critical evaluation of recent articles in the scientific literature related to diabetes research.

The intended audience are academic research trainees and faculty involved in diabetes research in British Columbia, Canada.

The journal club is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays via ZOOM.

UBCO Diabetes Research Day 2022 @ Hotel Eldorado
May 25 – May 26 all day
UBCO Diabetes Research Day 2022 @ Hotel Eldorado

The BC Diabetes Research Network invites academic faculty and their trainees to come together for the 3rd UBCO Diabetes Research Day.

This exciting knowledge exchange event highlights the excellent research being conducted across BC. The meeting is focused on prevention, complications of diabetes, and translational research. Attendees are invited to submit an abstract to deliver an oral presentation or present a poster to their peers. 


Keynote speakers:

Mary Jung PhD

Associate Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, University of British Columbia Okanagan

Dylan MacKay PhD 

Assistant Professor,  Food and Human Nutritional Sciences and Internal Medicine -Endocrinology, University of Manitoba


Key Dates:

Call for Abstracts opens March 22 

Deadline for Abstract submission – May 4

Registration Closes – May 11


Pacific Northwest Rural Health Summit @ Kitsumkalum Hall
May 28 all day
Pacific Northwest Rural Health Summit @ Kitsumkalum Hall

Pacific  Northwest Rural Health Summit

May 27 & 28 2022

Kitsumkalum Hall, British Columbia

Online or In Person / UBC Continuing Professional Development Accredited

Situated in BC’s beautiful Pacific Northwest, the Kitsumkalum Terrace region is rich in fauna and flora, with vast forests, stunning snow capped mountains and the majestic Skeena river.


MAY 27

1:00 pm – 1:45 PM CHANGE MetS and Diabetes Support in Primary Care – National Review for Innovation and Excellence – Laurie Flood, President Metabolic Syndrome Canada, Dr. Doug Klein, Family Physician, Dr. Greg Linton, Family Physician, Dr. Onuora Odoh, Family Physician

1:45 – 2:45 PM Land Based Physical Activity – Alana Cook Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council

3:00 – 3:45 PM Integration of Motivational Interviewing in Health Coaching– Dr. Rahul Gupta MD CCFP ICF Certified Coach Certified MBSR, Clinical Assistant Professor UBC

3:45 – 4:15 Nutrition Innovation and Collaboration in Primary Care – Dr. Rickey Yada, Professor and Dean Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia

5:30 PM – Pacific Northwest Networking Community



MAY 28

7:30 – 8:30 AM Pacific Northwest Networking Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 AM EMR Navigation Dashboards for Family

Physicians – Dr. Greg Linton, Family Physician and Tamara

Stephens Practice Support Coach

9:00 – 9:30 AM Patient Engagement and Planning Considerations in Primary Care 2 Years Post Program – Dr. Onuora Odoh, Family Physician

9:30 – 10:00 AM Kinesiology Innovation and Practicalities in Primary Care – Dr. Robert Boushel Professor and Director School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia and UBC Kinesiology CHANGE BC Student Team

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Land Based Learning – Charlene Webb Health Director, Kitsumkalum

NOON – Pacific Northwest Networking Lunch

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