Profiles of BBDC Members Primarily Involved In Diabetes Research

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L'Abbe, Mary - PhD

University of Toronto Appointment(s): Earle W. McHenry Professor, and Chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences

Contact Information:
FitzGerald Building, Rm. 315
150 College St.
Toronto, ON   M5S 3E2

Phone: (416) 978-7235
Fax: (416) 971-2366
Email: mary.labbe@utoronto.ca
Websites: http://nutrisci.med.utoronto.ca/content/mary-labbe

Diabetes Related Research Activities:

Mary L’Abbé is an expert in public health nutrition, nutrition policy, and food and nutrition regulations. Her research program on Food and Nutrition Policy for Population Health examines the nutritional quality of the food supply, food intake patterns at the national population level, and consumer research on food choices in association with risk of obesity and other chronic diseases, including diabetes.  For example, some of her CIHR and other funded research activities include:

  • Assessing levels and types of sugars, including added sugars in the Canadian food supply
  • Diabetes education intervention and research investigating supports and barriers to diabetes care among multiethnic communities in Toronto (in collaboration with the Diabetes Education Centers at the North York General hospital and Mackenzie Health)
  • Investigating national population-level dietary patterns associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • Examination of the application of different nutrient profiling methods to define “healthy foods” and their application in polices to support diet related NCD reduction
  • Building tools to support improved consumer choice of healthier foods or to support nutrition interventions in primary care/disease prevention, e.g. Big Life Salt Calculator has been developed (http://www.projectbiglife.ca/sodium/) – A sugar app is under development and will be launched in 2015
  • Consumer attitudes and understanding and use of nutrition labelling and claims on food packages, front-of-pack labelling, and effects of different criteria in their development and application (note that L’Abbe’s consumer surveys include questions about health/disease status in order to link food choice/attitudes to particular diseases including diabetes)

Note, we have focussed considerable efforts towards sodium and hypertension/CVD reduction in the last few years; we have just recently received funding to extend many of our methods towards calories, sugar and other dietary factors and diabetes reduction.

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Lam, Tony K. T. - PhD

University of Toronto Appointment(s): Associate Director, Research, Banting & Best Diabetes Centre
Professor, Departments of  Medicine and Physiology

Other Appointment(s): John Kitson McIvor Endowed Chair in Diabetes Research
Canada Research Chair in Obesity
Senior Scientist, Toronto General Research Institute, UHN

Contact Information:
MaRS/Toronto Medical Discovery Tower
101 College Street, 10th Floor, Room 705
Toronto, ON   M5G 1L7

Phone: (416) 581-7880
Fax: (416) 581-7880
Email: tony.lam@uhnres.utoronto.ca
Websites: http://www.physiology.utoronto.ca/content/tony-lam

Diabetes Related Research Activities:

Nutrient sensing in the Gut and the Brain, Diabetes, Obesity, Glucose and Lipid metabolism.

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Lee, Warren - MD, PhD

University of Toronto Appointment(s): Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Associate Member of IMS
Cross-appointed to LMP and Biochemistry

Other Appointment(s): Attending Physician, Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit, St. Michael's Hospital
Staff Scientist, Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital

Contact Information:
St. Michael's Hospital
30 Bond Street, LKS Room 613
Toronto, ON   M5B 1W8

Phone: (416) 864-6060 Ext: 77655
Email: leew@smh.ca
Websites: http://www.warrenleelab.com

Diabetes Related Research Activities:

The Lee lab has a primary interest in the regulation and perturbation during disease of the microvascular endothelial barrier.  Using cell biology techniques and primary microvascular human endothelium and supplemented by animal models, we investigate the regulation of insulin transport out of the circulation.

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Lega, Iliana - MD, MSc, FRCPC

University of Toronto Appointment(s): Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Other Appointment(s): Staff Endocrinologist, Women's College Hospital

Contact Information:
Women's College Hospital
76 Grenville St
Toronto, ON   M5S 1B2

Phone: (416) 323-6400, Ext. 2713
Email: iliana.lega@wchospital.ca

Diabetes Related Research Activities:

My research interest is in the area of diabetes and cancer, with a specific focus on cancer survivorship. My work to date has examined the impact of diabetes and diabetes-related treatments on breast cancer outcomes. Other research interests include evaluating cancer survivors for risk of diabetes, as well as other long-term endocrine complications.

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Leiter, Lawrence - MD, FRCPC, FACP, FAHA

University of Toronto Appointment(s): Professor, Department of Medicine; and Department of Nutritional Sciences

Other Appointment(s): Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, St. Michael's Hospital

Contact Information:
St. Michael's Hospital
61 Queen St. East, Room 6121
Toronto, ON   M5C 2T2

Phone: (416) 867-7441
Email: leiterl@smh.ca

Diabetes Related Research Activities:

Dr. Leiter has several research interests including clinical trials on the prevention of atherosclerosis, especially in diabetes, and the dietary and pharmacologic treatment of diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and obesity. He was an investigator in many of the landmark diabetes trials including the DCCT, ACCORD, and ADVANCE and is on the Steering Committees of many ongoing outcome trials in both the diabetes and lipid areas.

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