Underpinning the BBDC's Discovery and Applied Research Programs are technology and other support platforms that draw upon a broad set of assets within the University of Toronto research community. These platforms will enable the Research Programs, allowing for maximal potential for impact.
Clinical Research Platform
This platform coordinates, expands, and enhances the impact of Toronto-based clinical trial capacity across each of the priority research areas of focus for the BBDC, with an initial focus on diabetes and heart disease. The BBDC is partnering with the Applied Health Research Consortium (AHRC) at St. Michael’s Hospital to establish a Toronto-based cross-site clinical research collaboration.
Ontario is uniquely advantaged for population health research due to its single population database which links multiple administrative and clinical datasets at ICES. However, we do not have a single dataset containing the appropriate clinical information to support population health research, clinical trial recruitment, knowledge translation research, and basic science programs. In partnership with the Applied Health Research Consortium at St. Michael’s Hospital, the BBDC is currently developing plans for an advanced diabetes registry, to support clinical research studies and applied research on health services and policy interventions.
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.
Training And Research Excellence
The BBDC is an extraordinary training ground for the diabetes researchers and innovators of the future, offering multiple levels of support for qualified individuals involved in diabetes research, patient care, and education. The current core offering of the BBDC is its broad portfolio of training grants offered to students, postdoctoral fellows, and investigators across a diverse set of disciplines in the University of Toronto and Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN). We will maintain this incredible training program, but will incorporate feedback from the field on how to enhance the program for better impact, community building, and profile-building for the BBDC.