International Women’s Day 2022

International Women’s Day 2022

In honour of International Women’s Day and the 2022 theme #BreakTheBias, we are grateful to the women like our graduate trainees Raelynn and Lindsay who are dedicated to research to improve the lives of those living with diabetes.

We invite you to listen our podcast “Diabetes-from Beta cells to Bicycles” to hear from five of the outstanding women in the BC Diabetes Research Network—  four faculty members and one graduate trainee— share their stories of how they are transforming diabetes research in Canada.


Dr Sarah Gray

Dr. Sarah Gray is an Associate Professor in the Northern Medical Program at the University of Northern British Columbia and an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences at UBC. Dr. Gray’s work examines the biological mechanisms of metabolism as it relates to obesity and type 2 diabetes.


Dr Mary Jung

Dr. Mary Jung is an associate professor at the School of Health and Exercise at the University of British Columbia. Her major research area is self-regulation of health behaviours, with a specialization in exercise, physical activity, and dietary behaviours, and the creation of community-based interventions for individuals at risk or living with type 2 diabetes.


Dr Rachel Murphy

UBC professor Dr. Rachel Murphy, who researches the link between nutrition and chronic diseases, including diabetes and cancer. She discusses how proper diet and nutrition can benefit overall health, and help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.


Dr Angela Devlin

UBC professor Dr. Angela Devlin, whose academic background is in pediatric nutrition and infant metabolic development. She talks about her multi-disciplinary approach to research in obesity and risk of type 2 diabetes in children, as well as early interventions in pregnancy and early childhood diets.


Priye Iworima

UBC PhD student Priye Iworima, who works in Dr. Timothy Kieffer’s lab at UBC’s Life Sciences Institute. Her current research involves using stem cells to generate insulin-producing cells, and optimizing the process for potential replacement cell therapy in patients living with type 1 diabetes.


The BCDRN wants to thank Krista Lamb of Krista Lamb Communications for her contributions to produce our podcast series.





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