Opening Letter

Opening Letter from Gary and Jean-Pierre

Many thanks to all who participated in our successful Annual Workshop on May 31st – June 1st, 2019 highlighting all our many accomplishments since we launched Diabetes Action Canada in 2016.  A final report for this event can be found on our website here and we are thrilled to announce that our Operations and Management Committee have approved a 5th Annual Workshop to take place in May 2020.

As many of you are aware, we are now conducting an extensive internal evaluation of Diabetes Action Canada using social network analytics, return on investment to better understand our ability to achieve impact.  In November of 2019, we will also be conducting an external review of our Network with both Canadian and International experts in diabetes and patient-oriented research.  In this newsletter, you can learn more about our external reviewers and their areas of expertise.

Also, in this newsletter we are featuring the National Diabetes Repository project of our Digital Health Research Program.  Under the leadership of Dr. Michelle Griever and Conrad Pow, our National Diabetes Repository has grown considerably with data from over 110,000 persons with diabetes from five provinces.  To address research questions of importance to our mission, an internal grant competition was held for our Network investigators and three projects were selected.  Below you can see more details on the topics under investigation. The National Diabetes Repository team is also collaborating with the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences and the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence to test the feasibility of using our data from the National Diabetes Repository for developing predictive analytics related to risk of diabetes complications.  A 2-day workshop with these collaborators was held last June with encouraging results about the feasibility and utility of the data necessary for developing future research projects.

We are also pleased to announce that our Diabetes Action Canada website makes available the results of the Knowledge Translation environmental scan that has identified user-friendly, best practice knowledge translation tools/initiatives for preventing diabetes complications. These tools are for both persons living with diabetes to assist in self-management and for health care practitioners.

Finally, we congratulate the awardees for the Training and Mentoring Program Mentorship and Internship Awards.  This capacity building program is designed to broaden trainees research training by providing collaboration opportunities with Diabetes Action Canada investigators at academic institutions across Canada.  Congratulations to this year’s awardees!


Gary and JP


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