Diabetes Action Canada September Webinar Series

Diabetes Action Canada is thrilled to restart its highly successful webinar series this September, October and November.   Each month we will be featuring a different research programs and this September we will highlight the Training and Mentoring Program and the work of our awardees and trainees.

Below you will see the list of topics and presentations for this September seminar series:

Tuesday September 15th at 1PM EST

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Personal Impact Story: Tom Weisz

  1. Implementation of the Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program
    • Presented by: Frances Sobierajski

The Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program (IYMP) is designed in partnership with Indigenous communities to promote holistic wellness, prevent type 2 diabetes, and promote positive mental health. Frances Sobierajski, will discuss this dynamic after school program and the critical community engagement used to implement this successful program.

  1. Exploring the feasibility of a mobile health application for management and follow up of women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
    • Presented by: Bhavadharini Balaji

Women who develop gestational diabetes have increased needs from the health system need increased monitoring by both their practitioner and self.  Learn how Dr. Bhavadha Balaji, Diabetes Action Canada, post doctoral fellowship awardee, is evaluating the feasibility of the bant app to support self-management for women with gestational diabetes in pregnancy and postpartum.

  1. How knowledge exchange of primary care research can benefit diabetes individuals: a qualitative study
    • Presented by: Francesca Brundisini

Research findings in diabetes care often suggest different approaches to managing the condition, but how is this information communicated among those who would use it (i.e. both practitioner and citizen)? Francesca Brundisini, examines a patient-oriented approach to disseminating new knowledge to the general public.

*Moderated by: Tracy McQuire

Wednesday September 30th at 11AM EST

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Personal Impact Story: Sasha Delorme

  1. Keep it Going! Sustaining and spreading quality improvement interventions
    • Presented by: Celia Laur

Quality improvement programs have time and time again generated evidence for better care for those living with diabetes, but what happens when the funding stops? Dr. Celia Laur, Diabetes Action Canada Intercentre Trainee awardee, will share her findings of interviews with authors of trials with successful quality improvement initiatives to explore what happened when funding ended, and if/how the work continued.

  1. How sugar affects fat in the blood and risk of heart disease
    • Presented by: Priska Stahel

Developing heart disease is a major concern for those living with type 2 diabetes.  Priska Stahel, Diabetes Action Canada post doctoral fellowship awardee discusses the role of glucose in releasing stored fats and increases the risk of developing heart disease. 

  1. Quantifying type 2 diabetes risk in pregnant women
    • Presented by: Stephanie Read

Gestational diabetes is an important marker for future risk of developing type 2 diabetes in women. Dr. Stephanie Read, Diabetes Action Canada postdoctoral fellowship awardee, will discuss a digital tool to help women and physicians calculate individual risk of developing type 2 diabetes so that health care interventions aimed at reducing type 2 diabetes risk can be deployed at the right time for the right individuals.

  1. Insights into impact of Tele-retina screening for diabetic retinopathy among those who identify as women of low socio-economic status (SES) Multimethod qualitative study
    • Presented by: Aleksandra Stanimirovic

Tele-retinal screening for diabetic retinopathy has proven to be a cost effective approach to preventing this much feared complication for those living with diabetes.  Dr. Aleksandra Stanimirovic, Diabetes Action Canada Mentorship awardee, discusses the particular challenges faced by women of lower socioeconomic status in participating in tele-retinopathy screening.

*Moderated by: Tracy McQuire


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