Our Research Members

Mark R. Palmert
Palmert, Mark R.
U Of T Appointments

 Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Physiology

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Senior Associate Scientist, Genetics & Genome Biology Program, Hospital For Sick Children

Contact Information
The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 1X8
Phone: 416-813-6217
Fax: 416-813-6304
Diabetes Related Research Activities:

I care for children and adolescents with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. I have been involved in diabetes related clinical research as a Principal Investigator in the NIH multicentered trial entitled Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in adolescents and Youth (TODAY), which was designed to identify best ways to treat type 2 diabetes in youth. I have also been Principal Investigator the Clinical Coordinating Center for the NIH/NIDDK funded Epidemiology of Diabetes Intervention and Complications (DCCT/EDIC) trial.

Currently, my diabetes related research includes membership in the Hvidoere Study Group of Childhood Diabetes, using technology to enhance diabetes self-management, and quality improvement within clinical practice, including working to improve transitions from pediatric to adult care. 

Esteban J. Parra
Parra, Esteban J.
U Of T Appointments

Professor, Department of Anthropology

Contact Information
University of Toronto at Mississauga
Health Sciences Complex
3359 Mississauga Road North
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6
Phone: 905-828-3889
Fax: 905-828-3792
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Diabetes Related Research Activities:

Type 2 diabetes is one of the most serious public health issues in Canada and on a global scale. There are striking differences in prevalence among ethnic groups. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes among Aboriginal people is higher than in the general population, and elevated risk has also been described for other groups, such as Hispanics. One of the major goals of Dr. Parra’s research is to identify type 2 diabetes genetic risk factors in Hispanic populations, using different approaches, such as candidate gene studies, admixture mapping and genome-wide association.

Monica Parry
Parry, Monica
U Of T Appointments

Associate Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

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Visiting Associate Professor, Central South University, China
Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Surgery

Contact Information
University of Toronto
155 College Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1P8
Phone: 416-946-3561
Fax: 416-978-8222
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Diabetes Related Research Activities:

I have worked as a Nurse Practitioner in Cardiac Surgery since 1998, and in my role have cared for many individuals with diabetes (T2DM). Many patients who have sternal wound infections have diabetes, and many individuals have poor blood sugar control following cardiac surgery. I am interested in the prevention of complications in individuals with diabetes, with a specific interest is in sex and gender and the prevention of cardiovascular disease. I have been a co-investigator with Dr. Stewart Harris investigating diabetes in several Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit and Métis) communities in Canada, am a co-investigator and member of the Training and Mentoring and Knowledge Translation Goal  Groups with Diabetes Action Canada (DAC), and have received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (in collaboration with Clinical Trials Ontario) to build capacity for Patient-Oriented Research in Canada.

Andrew D. Paterson
Paterson, Andrew D.
MB ChB, BSc(Hons)
U Of T Appointments

Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

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Senior Scientist, Program in Genetics and Genome Biology, Hospital for Sick Children

Contact Information
Hospital For Sick Children Research Institute
686 Bay St.
Toronto, ON M5G 0A4
Phone: 416-813-6994
Fax: 416-813-2150
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Diabetes Related Research Activities:

Long-term complications of diabetes, including eye and kidney disease cluster in families suggesting that genetic factors may be involved. Using DNA from large numbers of people with diabetes who have their complications measured, we are using high throughput methods to measure all of the common genetic variation in the human genome to identify which ones are associated with specific complications. In addition, we are identifying genetic loci that are associated with the major risk factors for diabetes complications – glycemia, blood pressure, body composition and lipids.

Bruce Perkins
Perkins, Bruce
U Of T Appointments

Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
The Sam and Judy Pencer Family Chair in Diabetes Clinical Research
Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation

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Director, Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes
Staff Physician, Sinai Health System
Staff Physician, University Health Network

Contact Information
Mount Sinai Hospital
60 Murray Street
Toronto, ON M5T 3L9
Phone: 416-586-8763
Diabetes Related Research Activities:

Using longitudinal cohort methods as well as clinical trials, my research focuses on 1) Early biomarkers of diabetes complications (with a focus on neuropathy and kidney disease) and 2) Interventions for prevention of complications, including automated insulin delivery (‘artificial pancreas’) technologies and disease-modifying adjunctive-to-insulin pharmacotherapies in type 1 diabetes. I am a principal investigator in the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial/Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (DCCT/EDIC) and I co-lead an Innovations in Type 1 Diabetes group within Diabetes Action Canada, a national patient-oriented research strategy.

Dana Philpott
Philpott, Dana
U Of T Appointments

Professor, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology

Contact Information
University of Toronto
Medical Sciences Building
1 King's College Circle
Toronto, ON M5S 1A8
Phone: 416-978-7527
Diabetes Related Research Activities:

We are interested in the role of innate immunity, specifically Nod like receptors, as well as the microbiota in diabetes pathogenesis.

Philippe Poussier
Poussier, Philippe
U Of T Appointments

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Department of Immunology

Contact Information
Sunnybrook Research Institute
2075 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5
Phone: 416-480-6136
Fax: 416-480-4375
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Diabetes Related Research Activities:

The objective of our research program is to study the role of differential colonization of the intestine by commensal bacteria on the development of anti-pancreatic autoimmunity in humans and murine models of the disease with the objective to understand how environmental changes can affect the expression of diabetogenic genotypes.

Gérald J. Prud'homme
Prud'homme, Gérald J.
U Of T Appointments

Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology

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Clinician-Scientist, St. Michael’s Hospital

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St. Michael's Hospital
30 Bond St.
Toronto, ON M5B 1W8
Phone: 416-864-6060 x3147
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Diabetes Related Research Activities:

Research in my laboratory focuses on the immunology, pathogenesis and therapy of type 1 diabetes. We are investigating drugs that can induce the regeneration of pancreatic beta cells, or prevent beta-cell death.  This includes studies of GABA, GLP-1, Klotho, TGF-beta inhibitors, and other molecules or drugs relevant to diabetes therapy. In many cases, human pancreatic islets are transplanted into immunodeficient cells for in vivo studies. This work requires the application of a wide variety of immunological, biochemical, cellular and molecular biological techniques, in relevant disease models.