Vancouver Diabetes Research Day 2020

Vancouver Diabetes Research Day 2020

Vancouver Diabetes Research Day 2020

Our 7th Annual Vancouver Diabetes Research Day (VDRD) was held on November 13, 2020 to mark the World Health Organization recognition of World Diabetes Day 2020. The event was held virtually for the first time in Zoom. The annual scientific day is a highlight for diabetes researchers and trainees from across British Columbia. The virtual event allowed engagement from across both UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. 

VDRD 2020 highlights included 12 oral trainee presentations and 30 poster presentations and 2 keynote presentations:


Intermittent fasting and the circadian clock: Does when you eat matter?

Dr. Courtney M Peterson, Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of Alabama, USA.


Understanding beta cell heterogeneity from the intact islet all the way to the single protein.

Dr. David J. Hodson, Professor of Cellular Metabolism, Head of the Islet Biology Group, Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.


Congratulations to our trainee award winners: 

Discovery Research, Islet Biology & Cell Therapy Theme Oral Presentation

Priye Iworima, Kieffer Lab

Maximizing cell yield during the manufacture of insulin producing islet-like clusters.


Prevention, Complications and Patient Oriented Research Theme Oral Presentation

Hadis Mozaffari, Conklin Lab

Association of dietary total antioxidant capacity with general and abdominal obesity: A cross-sectional study.


Discovery Research, Islet Biology & Cell Therapy Theme Poster Presentation

George Brownrigg, Rideout Lab

Sex differences in islets’ ER stress response.


Prevention, Complications and Patient Oriented Research Theme Poster Presentation

Jacqueline Barnett, Deanna Gibson Lab

Examining the effects of glyphosate exposure on the gut bacteriome, metabolism and inflammation in a murine model of colitis.


We are grateful for our trainee organizing committee for their contributions for delivering an extraordinary scientific day. We are especially grateful to our emcee and event hosts, Daemon Cline (Kieffer Lab) and Alejandra Wiedeman (Devlin Lab) for moderating the trainee presentations.

Vancouver Diabetes Research Day 2020 demonstrated British Columbia is home to a diverse research community that is passionate about improving the lives of those living with diabetes in Canada and beyond.

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