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Diabetes Action Canada

Our Network consists of a diverse team of patient partners, researchers, diabetes specialists, primary care practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, data specialists, and health policy experts committed to improving the lives of persons living with diabetes.

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DAC Knowledge Mobilization Consultation Supports Successful Grant Application

30 January 2024
In 2023, the Diabetes Action Canada Knowledge Mobilization (KM) Consultation Service launched. The program, led by Dr. Monika Kastner and Julie Makarski is designed to help research teams successfully integrate KM tools into their research projects. Knowledge mobilization helps move research projects from idea to implementation, and is an incredibly meaningful part of the process. […]

Building capacity for involving older adults, caregivers and partners in research Workshop

5 December 2023
On October 26, 2023, our Knowledge Mobilization team partnered with the McMaster Collaborative for Health and Aging to present a workshop aimed at educating and supporting those wishing to use the principles of patient-oriented research in their work with older adults. The event, Canadian Association of Gerontology 2023: Community Engaged Teaching, Research & Practice Pre-Conference […]

Diabetes Action Canada at Vascular 2023

29 November 2023
In October, members of the Diabetes Action Canada team spent several days in Montreal as part of the Vascular 2023 conference. This event brought together healthcare providers, researchers and Patient Partners from the diabetes and heart health communities for several days of education, information-sharing and networking. “At Vascular 2023 we had excellent opportunities to connect with […]


WHAT is KM and WHY is it important?

WHAT is KM and WHY is it important?

Knowledge Mobilization Basics. Learn how we move research results to the ‘real world’ so that we can positively improve health systems, how people access these systems and the health of all those living with diabetes in Canada


Using data to improve health care

Using data to improve health care

Episode four discusses how we can use data to improve health care. Guests Devin Cleary and Dr. Alanna Weisman discuss their research projects in this area – in particular how they are trying to improve outcomes for people with type 1 diabetes.

Reducing the Risk of Diabetic Retinopathy

Reducing the Risk of Diabetic Retinopathy

Episode five looks at Project OPEN and its potential to reduce the risk of diabetic retinopathy. Malcolm Sissmore and Dr. Michael Brent from UHN Research discuss how this program is trying to make eye screening much more accessible for people living with diabetes.

Researcher Profile – Dr. Alexander Singer

22 November 2023
As Diabetes Action Canada’s focus on digital health solutions deepens, the organization is pleased to welcome our new lead for these projects: Dr. Alexander Singer. Dr. Alexander Singer has always been curious. He was the kid who raised his hand in class, and in life, knowing that if he didn’t understand someone else probably didn’t […]

New study looks at essential requirements for the governance of data repositories

23 October 2023
In September, a team of researchers led by Dr. Alison Paprica from the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in Toronto, and Diabetes Action Canada’s Conrad Pow and Dr Michelle Greiver, published a new paper in the International Journal of Population Data Science. The publication, Essential […]

Diabetes Action Canada Celebrates the work of Dr. Michelle Greiver

16 October 2023
Dr. Michelle Greiver recently completed her five-year term as Cheesbrough Chair in Family Medicine Research at North York General Hospital, where she led the University of Toronto Practice based Research Network, UTOPIAN. As she wrapped up that role, Greiver has also stepped down from leading Diabetes Action Canada’s National Diabetes Repository. While she will continue […]

Facts on Diabetes

  • A diabetes diagnosis occurs every 3 minutes in Canada

  • Over 3 Million Canadians have diabetes and millions more are at risk of developing diabetes

  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age Canadians

  • Diabetes and its complications cost the health care system $27 billion in 2018

  • Up to half of Canadian Indigenous Adolescents have multiple risk factors for type-2 diabetes


Diabetic Foot Care and Prevention of Lower Limb Amputations

Diabetic Foot Care and Prevention of Lower Limb Amputations

Preventing lower limb amputation through a community-based chiropody-led approach to treating and preventing foot ulcers.
Mental Health and Diabetes

Mental Health and Diabetes

Developing programs that will improve the quality of life for people with diabetes by addressing their mental health and addiction needs.
Patient Engagement Through an EDI Lens

Patient Engagement Through an EDI Lens

Engaging people with diabetes as active partners in health research to maximize the benefits of research for all communities.

Get Involved

Become a Patient Partner

Become a Patient Partner

Diabetes Action Canada aims to integrate the patient perspective into every step of the research process including developing research questions, defining research objectives, collecting data and evaluating results; however, while some patients have the readiness to contribute as full members of research teams, others may bring a range of expertise such as in ethics or as knowledge brokers.


Our partners share in our mission to transform the health outcomes of people with diabetes and its related complications. Industry stakeholders have the opportunity to partner with Diabetes Action Canada, the first and only nation-wide collaborative network focused on the prevention of diabetes complications, and play an active role in achieving our goals.

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