Annual Trainee Awards 2019/2020


Graduate, undergraduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows and medical residents are invited to submit an abstract of their diabetes-related research for this competition. The top ten will be invited to present a poster at the BBDC Annual Scientific Day to be held on Friday, May 8, 2020.  The ten posters will be co-judged by Dr. Rosalind Mott, Scientific Editor of  Cell Metabolism, and a U of T faculty member (to be announced). The prize winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the end of the Scientific Day.


All 2019/2020 BBDC graduate studentship and postdoctoral fellowship recipients are expected to submit an abstract of their work for this competition. First year students and fellows may be exempt if their supervisor feels that the trainee will not have sufficient data by the competition deadline in January 2020. (Note that all 2019/2020 BBDC graduate studentship and postdoctoral fellowship recipients are required to present a poster of their work at the Scientific Day regardless of whether or not they submit an abstract for this competition.)

Trainees not funded by the BBDC are also invited to submit an abstract.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • At the time of application submission, the trainee must be either:
    A) a registered University of Toronto graduate, undergraduate or medical student
    B) a postdoctoral fellow having received a PhD within the last 5 years
    C) a medical resident or clinical fellow having received an MD within the last 9 years
  • The trainee’s supervisor must hold a faculty appointment with the University of Toronto at the level of Associate, Assistant or Full Professor.
  • The trainees supervisor must be a registered member* of the BBDC at the time of abstract submission. (*Faculty who are new to the field of diabetes research and are not members of the BBDC can request free membership by contacting the Centre prior to submitting an abstract. For more information, please see the Membership section of this web site.)
  • The content of the abstract must be clearly and directly relevant to diabetes.
  • The trainee must be first author and must have made the major contribution to the work presented. If two trainees are co-first authors, both trainees will be considered. If the abstract is selected to receive a prize, the prize must be shared between the two trainees.
  • The trainee’s primary supervisor listed on the application form must be one of the abstract authors.
  • The abstract must have been written within the last year (at the time of application submission deadline).
  • A trainee may not submit more than one abstract.
  • Abstracts that were submitted to this competition last year should not be submitted again this year unless additional experiments have been conducted and new data has been obtained. The abstract must clearly explain how the research project has progressed since the last abstract submission.
  • Trainees who won a prize in last year’s competition may not submit an abstract on the same work for this competition. The abstract must contain new research.

Relevance to Diabetes:

This funding program supports original research on the physiology and pathophysiology of diabetes that would be published in a diabetes-focused journal. Abstracts can include any aspect of laboratory, animal, or human research. Areas of research which are considered relevant to diabetes include the pathogenesis of diabetes and its complications, normal and pathological pancreatic islet function and intermediary metabolism, pharmacological mechanisms of drug and hormone action, and biochemical and molecular aspects of normal and abnormal biological processes. The content of the abstract must specifically state the direct relevance of the work to diabetes in order to receive a favourable score.


Under normal circumstances, six prizes will be awarded. Prize values normally range between $100 and $400 in value. Winners will receive their prizes at the end of the Annual Scientific Day.

Evaluation Criteria:

Abstracts are first screened by the BBDC Training and Research Excellence Committee and will be evaluated on the following criteria to select the ten abstracts which will be judged at the Scientific Day:

  • The content of the abstract must clearly demonstrate the direct relevance of the work to diabetes.
  • The abstract must be well-written
  • Demonstration of novel findings
  • A minor component of the evaluation may be based on any other criteria that the reviewers consider relevant to this competition.

Application Procedure:

Submit a completed application form, abstract, and 1 blind copy of the abstract to the BBDC by the deadline date. See the application form for complete instructions.

Download the 2019/2020 Annual Trainee Awards application form and instructions (PDF)

Application Deadline:

Applications must be received by 4 p.m., January 21, 2020.  Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.


All applicants will be notified by early March as to whether or not their abstract is one of the ten selected to be judged at the BBDC Scientific Day.


Rose LaBarbera
Phone: (416) 978-4656