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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.

Recent News

Diabetes Action Canada Joins the WHO’s Global Diabetes Compact

13 April 2023
Diabetes Action Canada is proud be a member of the World Health Organization’s Global Diabetes Compact. The Compact, which has a vision of, “responding to the increasing burden of diabetes around the world,” was launched in 2021 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin. Comprised of members from diabetes organizations around […]

An exciting update about Connect1d Canada!

27 March 2023
We are pleased to announce that the Data Transfer Agreement requirement for researchers to use Connect1d Canada is no longer in place. Interested research teams now only need Research Ethics Board approval to use the service. This provides much more flexibility and accessibility for the platform and we hope it will encourage many more research […]

Congratulations to Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid on Her Retirement

23 March 2023
We are pleased to celebrate the career of Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid, a Diabetes Action Canada investigator and a trailblazer in designing, implementing, evaluating, and scaling-up integrated and patient-oriented interventions to improve care and outcomes for older adults with multimorbidity (> 2 chronic conditions) including diabetes. She retired in January 2023 as a Professor in the […]


Research Spotlight – Knowledge Translation

Our webinar series continues in October with our research spotlight featuring our Knowledge Translation program. Please note that all presentations will occur in French.


Researching ways to manage hypoglycemia

Researching ways to manage hypoglycemia

In episode six, Dr. Anne-Sophie Brazeau and Nathalie Kinnard discuss the BETTER registry and the research they are doing in Quebec to help people with T1D manage or prevent hypoglycemia.

Diabetes and Older Adults

Diabetes and Older Adults

Episode three features Ron Beleno and Dr. Rebecca Gannan discussing their work on involving older adults and their caregivers in diabetes research.

New Knowledge Mobilization Tools and Consultation Service Available

17 March 2023
 Our Knowledge Mobilization (KM) team is pleased to launch two new resources for Diabetes Action Canada’s community as part of our DAC 2.0 KM Plan.  “WHAT is Knowledge Mobilization and WHY it matters”, is the first in a series of 5 short videos that describe the basics of knowledge mobilization in simple, straightforward language. Watch the video […]

New Article from CIHR Highlights DAC Indigenous Patient Circle

16 March 2023
A recent article from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) shares highlights from the work of the Diabetes Action Canada Indigenous Patient Circle and the Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program (IYMP). The article includes interviews with Dr. Jon McGavock and Patient Partner Sasha Delorme, who highlight the work they are doing to improve outcomes for […]

Odds are there is a woman in your life living with diabetes – she deserves better research

15 March 2023
In March, Laura Syron, President & CEO of Diabetes Canada, published an op-ed in Healthy Debate looking at the need for increased research on diabetes in women. As she writes, “Women deserve better, including more thoughtfully designed clinical and research studies, particularly when it comes to chronic conditions.” Visit the Healthy Debate website now to […]

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


Innovations in Type 1 Diabetes

Innovations in Type 1 Diabetes

Creating collaborative patient-oriented research programs that enables innovative research in T1D.
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.
Become an Associate Member

Become an Associate Member

For individuals appointed to a university, academic hospital or research institute who are engaged in diabetes-related research and interested in contributing to the mission and vision of Diabetes Action Canada. Learn about how you can become an Associate Member!


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.