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
Granville, David Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Aging Process, Skin Disorders, Auto-Immune Diseases, Aneurism, Connective Tissue Diseases, Cardiovascular Diseases, Chronic Diseases in Elderly, Proteases, Granzymes, Extracellular matrix, Chronic inflammation, Aging, Disease models, Autoimmune disease, Skin, Vascular biology
Guenette, Jordan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) exercise physiology, respiratory physiology, respiratory diseases, sport performance
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
Martin Ginis, Kathleen Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) understanding and changing physical activity behaviour
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