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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

T1D Screening Program Engages Patient Partners

26 September 2023
CanScreenT1D is a new project led by Diabetes Action Canada collaborator, Dr. Diane Wherrett, who is a Pediatric Endocrinologist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. The program is a national consortium that will explore screening for type 1 diabetes (T1D) in Canada. This summer, CanScreenT1D received $12 million in funding from the CIHR-JDRF […]

Tamara Beardy Completes 900K Run for Diabetes Awareness

21 September 2023
Tamara, who is a member of the northeastern Manitoba First Nation, also works as a Research Coordinator with the DREAM Diabetes group in Manitoba. Her daughter, Kenya, lives with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Action Canada is thrilled to congratulate Patient Partner, Tamara Beardy, on her recent 900K walk to raise awareness about diabetes. The run, […]

Beyond clinical trials: How to leverage your story in diabetes research

19 September 2023
Have you ever wondered how diabetes researchers decide what to explore and investigate? Or what it’s like to participate in a study? Have you ever had an idea you cared about and wished someone could research? There are many different types of studies with very different commitment levels. Join us for a webinar that will […]


Connect1d – Sneak Peek

Connect1d – Sneak Peek

This webinar has a walkthrough of the Connect1d platform and an update on how our Patient Partners and community members helped to create this valuable resource.


Islet Biologists Embrace Patient-Oriented Research

Islet Biologists Embrace Patient-Oriented Research

Think Patient Partners can’t participate in discovery-level research? Think again!

Host Krista Lamb talks with Dr. Rob Screaton from the University of Toronto, Patient Partner Zoe Hilton and trainee scientist Cassie Locatelli. These three guests are working on a project incorporating Patient Partners into an islet biology training program.

Diabetes and Technology

Diabetes and Technology

Episode five features Jen Hanson, Executive Director at Connected in Motion, and Dr. Shivani Goyal, Associate Director of Product at eHealth Innovation, discussing the ways technology is changing diabetes and how Diabetes Action Canada is ensuring patient voices are at the table.

Diana Sherifali – 100 Lives of Insulin Profile

11 September 2023
This article, by Krista Lamb, was originally released as part of the 100 Lives of Insulin project by the Insulin to Innovation Consortium. Visit their site to read more inspiring profiles of people who have been affected directly and indirectly by the discovery of insulin, and to learn about upcoming events. This article is reprinted […]

New Research Funding Supports Older Adults Living with Diabetes

4 September 2023
This past year, Dr. Paula Rochon and Rachel Savage, Ph.D. from the Women’s Age Lab at Women’s College Hospital received funding for their Healthy Cities Grant. The proposal, supported by Diabetes Action Canada, received six years of funding from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The […]

Text-Based Program Helps Support Smoother Transitions to Adult Care

22 August 2023
In May, Dr. Rayzel Shulman and her team published the KiT Protocol in BMJ Open. This protocol is another step towards successfully moving forward the Keeping in Touch (KiT) program, which aims to support youth as they transition to adult type 1 diabetes care. The transition from pediatric care to adult care is one of […]

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


Older Adults with Diabetes

Older Adults with Diabetes

Providing individualized solutions that help more people live longer, healthier lives with diabetes while avoiding complications.
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.