Diabetes and Heart Disease

Human circulatory systemProgram Leader: Dr. Michael Farkouh

The University of Toronto has tremendous depth and breadth in basic and clinical diabetes and cardiovascular research, with a number of BBDC-affiliated researchers interested in the intersection of these two diseases. Through funding opportunities the BBDC and University of Toronto Heart and Stroke/Richard Lewar Centres of Excellence collaborate to connect multiple scientists and institutions from diverse disciplines/technology platforms to address the most challenging research questions in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular complications of diabetes. This program’s initial goal is to promote a Toronto-based, cross-site, clinical research collaboration on a central core platform. The initial focus is on clinical trials in the following high impact research areas: diastolic heart failure, coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease, and inflammatory biomarkers/novel compounds.

Program Activities

The BBDC and the Heart & Stroke/Richard Lewar Centres of Excellence in conjunction with the Vice-Dean of Research and International Relations, Faculty of Medicine established the Pilot and Feasibility Grant in Cardiovascular and Diabetes funding program. Grants of up to $100,000 are provided to eligible investigators to explore new research initiatives focusing on the interaction between diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

For more information on this funding program, see the Heart & Stroke/Richard Lewar Centres of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research website.