Core Laboratory

The BBDC Core Laboratory provides high quality laboratory services to diabetes researchers at the University of Toronto involved in clinical and/or basic research. The lab also provides services to the wider scientific community including external academic and/or industry initiated research. The BBDC is expanding its Core Laboratory services to better serve the needs of BBDC researchers and affiliates as the BBDC expands its research enterprise. A steering committee of BBDC members based at Mount Sinai Hospital, The Hospital for Sick Children, and St. Michael’s Hospital have established close collaborations across institutions in order to offer a more complete lab inventory that will greatly support diabetes researchers. Assays and services that go beyond the traditional services of the BBDC core lab will be made available to investigators.


The Core Lab assays and services currently available include:

  • Anti-glutamic Acid Decarboxylase (GAD) antibodies
  • Cortisol
  • C-peptide, Elecsys
  • Frequently Sampled Intravenous Glucose Tolerance Test (FSIGT)
  • Glucagon
  • Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 (Active) ELISA KIT
  • Glucose
  • Growth Hormone
  • Human Adiponectin (Linco Res. Inc.)
  • Human Leptin ELISA
  • Insulin
  • Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1)
  • Insulin-like Growth Factor Binding Protein-1 (IGFBP-1)
  • Insulin-like Growth Factor Binding Protein-3 (IGFBP-3)
  • PAI
  • Proinsulin
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-a (TNF-a)

   New ELISA Assays now available:

  • Adiponectin: Human, Rapid
  • Adiponectin: Mouse
  • Cystatin C: Human, Rapid
  • Fatty-acid Binding Protein 4(A-FABP), Human
  • FGF-19, Human
  • FGF-21, Human, Mouse
  • Lipocalin-2 (NGAL: Human, Mouse
  • Lipocalin-13, Human
  • Major Urinary Protein 1, Mouse
  • Retinol Binding Protein 4 (RBP4), Human

For More Information Please Contact:

Dr. Hilde Vandenberghe
Phone: (416) 586-4800 Ex 8002
Fax: (647) 826-1524
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Dr. George Fantus
Phone: (416) 586-8665
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Banting & Best Diabetes Centre Core Laboratory
Located at Mount Sinai Hospital
600 University Avenue
6th Floor, Room 6-414
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X5