BC Diabetes Research Network

The BC Diabetes Research Network GCRC cluster will strengthen diabetes research in BC from the lab bench to clinical trial across themes from cure-oriented diabetes research to diabetes prevention to diabetes complications.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Allan, Douglas Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Nervous system
Beauchamp, Mark Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Social Determinants of Health; Health Promotion; Quality of Life and Aging; Mental Health and Society; Physical Activity; Health Psychology; Exercise Psychology; Sport Psychology; Group Processes; Leadership; Intervention; Social Cognition; Older Adults; Children
Boushel, Robert Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Kinesiology
Bundon, Andrea Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Social Contexts; disability; sport; Paralympics; sociology; critical disability studies; social media
Campbell, Kristin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Breast Cancer; Rehabilitation; Physiology; Quality of Life and Aging; Exercise Physiology; physical function; oncology; Biomarkers
Carleton, Bruce Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Pharmacogenomics; Adverse drug reactions (ADRs); Drug safety and effectiveness; Clinical pharmacology; Pharmacovigilance
Carpenter, Mark Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) neural control of movement, fear of falling, Neural control of movement, postural control, fears of falling, balance disorders, Parkinson's disease
Crocker, Peter Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) self-esteem and spirit/exercise; body image; stress and coping in sport and exercise; health related behaviour (dieting, smoking, physical activity) related to the construction of the physical self in adolescent girls, Sport & exercise psychology - stress, coping and emotion, physical self, perfectionism
Currie, Leanne Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Nursing; Health Care Technologies; Health Information Systems; Artificial Intelligence; Biomedical Technologies; Decision Making; Computer Architecture; Software Development; Biomedical and Health Informatics; data science; Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare; Human Computer Interaction and Design
Dawes, Martin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Applied Genetics; Medication Decsision Support Software; primary care; chronic disease; pharmacogenetics
Devlin, Angela Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Obesity; Children; cardiovascular disease; Diabetes; developmental programming
Dutz, Jan Peter Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Immunity in Health & Disease, diabetes, dermatology
Faulkner, Guy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Community Health / Public Health; physical activity and public health; mental health; physical activity interventions; Exercise Psychology; behavioral medicine
Francis, Gordon Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) lipoproteins; Cholesterol metabolism; Cardiovascular risk factors; Prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes; High density lipoproteins (HDL)
Ghahary, Aziz Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cell transplantation, diabetes, scaffold, skin substitute, wound healing
Gibson, William Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetic Diseases; Chromosomes: Structure / Organization; Epigenetics
Gill, John Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Clinical outcomes in kidney transplant patients; Access to kidney transplantation; Living donor transplantation; Cardiovascular risk in transplant patients
Hayden, Michael Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetic Diseases; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Huntington disease; Disease progression; Diabetes; Neurodegenerative disorders; Gene Therapy; Drug development
Hoffman, Bradford Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Understanding how the genes critical to endocrine pancreas development, as well as ?-cell function and proliferation are regulated is essential for the development of novel strategies for the production of insulin-secreting cells, and for improving the efficacy of available transplantable material.
Hoppmann, Christiane Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Aging Process; Social Aspects of Aging; Stress; Health Promotion; Social Determinants of Health; Health and well-being across the adult lifespan and into old age; individual differences in goals
Horwitz, Marc Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Mechanisms of viral-induced immune disease in a variety of complex chronic disorders
Jan, Eric Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Virus; Nucleic Acids; Proteomics; Virology; Antiviral innate immunity; translation; Protein synthesis; RNA; RNA structure function; tRNA; ribosome; RNA virus; protease; molecular biology; picornavirus; Innate immunity; coronavirus; enterovirus; SARS; coxsackievirus; virus host interactions
Johnson, James Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) diabetes, hormones, cell biology, signal transduction, apoptosis or programmed cell death, heart failure, heart disease, calcium signalling, pancreatic cancer, obesity, longevity, imaging, Causes of type 1 and type 2 diabetes at a molecular level discovery of genes and associated gene networks linked to diabetes risk and by known risk factors that predispose individuals to diabetes
Jones, Charlotte Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cardiovascular disease risk factors, vulnerable
Karakochuk, Crystal Dawn Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Nutrition; Global Health and Emerging Diseases; Hematology; Maternal and child nutrition; Micronutrients (namely iron, folic acid, and zinc); Biochemical markers of iron status; Determinants and causes of anemia; Inherited blood disorders (sickle cell, thalassemia, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency); International nutrition; Clinical dietetics; Risk-benefit of micronutrient supplementation
Kassam, Rosemin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) global health, access and use of medicines and health services among vulnerable populations, community readiness, improving patient/client self-efficacy to engage effectively in their health care processes and decision-making, implementation and evaluation of patient care and health promotion programs, and capacity building of current and future frontline health professionals
Khan, Nadia Ahmed Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Ethnic and gender differences in chronic disease incidence and outcomes; Chronic disease prevention and management of Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and cardiovascular disease; Hypertension outcomes research
Kieffer, Tim Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Diabetes
Kopec, Jacek Andrzej Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Epidemiology; Arthritis / Osteo-Arthritis
Kopp, Janel Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Pancreas; Pancreatic cancer; Pancreatic development; Modeling cancer
Laher, Ismail Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cardiovascular Diseases; regulation of small artery tone, mechanisms of pressuce-induced vasomotor responses, exercise, sleep; animal models of sleep apnea; oxidative stress; exercise; Diabetes
Levin, Adeera Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Hypertension/Renal Transplantation; Medical Education; Outcome/Evaluation Method Applied to Renal Patients
Levings, Megan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Immune homeostasis
Loewen, Christopher Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Membranes and Organelles; Lipid Signalling; Lipid Traffic; Membrane Contact Sites; Genetic Networks; Systems Biology; Super Resolution Microscopy; Cell polarity; Endoplasmic Reticulum; Golgi; Membrane Diffusion Barriers; Cell Biology; Autism; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS); Cancer Cell Metabolism
Luciani, Dan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Diabetes; Cell Signaling; Apoptosis; Imaging; Pancreatic beta-cell function and failure; Mitochondrial physiology; Lysosomal physiology; Cell calcium signalling; Cell stress signalling; Mechanisms of cell death; autophagy; fluorescence microscopy
Lynn, Francis Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Diabetes; ß-cell development; ß-cell biology; Human pluripotent stem cells; CRISPR/Cas; transcriptional regulation
Maberley, David Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) medical and surgical management of: diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, surgical macular disease, complex retinal detachments, and high myopia
Madden, Kenneth Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Aging Process; Cardiovascular Diseases; Diabetes; Community Health / Public Health; Exercise interventions; Sedentary Behaviour; Syncope; Falls Prevention; Infodemiology; Machine Learning
Masse, Louise Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Obesity; Health Promotion; Nutrition; Films, Membranes and Multiphase Polymers; Childhood obesity with specific interests in prevention and treatment using lifestyle modification; Physical Activity
McKay, Heather Anne Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Role of physical activity and healthy eating to optimize bone health and promote healthy body weight during childhood
Meloche, Mark Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Transplantation, general surgery
Meneilly, Graydon Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) diabetes and carbohydrate metabolism in the elderly
Mui, Alice Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Inflammatory Signalling Pathways
Murphy, Rachel Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Nutrition; Nutrition and Cancer; Community Health / Public Health; Obesity; Cancer prevention; Aging
Norman, Moss Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Indigenous Studies in Kinesiology; Socio-Cultural Studies; Community and public health; Critical weight studies; Indigenous physical cultures; Masculinities
Osborne, Lisa Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) influence that the bacteria that live on and in our intestines, lungs and skin have on human health; understanding how the host recognizes the diverse species that reside in the gut - from microscopic viruses to large, multicellular helminthic worms - and tailors an immune response of the appropriate scope and magnitude necessary to achieve homeostasis
Piret, James Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biomedical engineering, regenerative medicine Cell-based therapies have the potential to provide improved treatments for major diseases such as cancer and diabetes
Puterman, Eli Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Health Psychology; Stress physiology; Acute exercise; Exercise interventions; Physical Activity; Physical literacy; cellular aging; telomeres; chronic stress
Rideout, Elizabeth Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Sex differences; Metabolism; Cell Signaling Pathways; Development; Lifespan and Aging; Stress responses; Drosophila melanogaster
Rodrigues, Brian Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Diabetes; Cardiomyopathy; Heart Failure; Energy Metabolism; Cardiovascular metabolism; Endothelial cell - cardiomyocyte crosstalk; Vascular Endothelial Growth factors