Opening Message from Co-Scientific Leads

By admin - December 11, 2018 3:26 pm

It has been a very productive year for Diabetes Action Canada and as 2018 comes to an end, it is a good opportunity to reflect on our successes and achievements.  This past year we have expanded our research activities and added two new goal-directed research programs – Aging, Community and Population Health and Foot Care to Prevent Amputations, and one new enabling research program – Health Technology Assessment and Network Evaluation.   We have also welcomed 13 new Co-Investigators and 15 Patient Partners as we continue to expand our research network across Canada. So much has been accomplished in such a short time that we encourage you, if you have not done so already, to read our 2018 Summary Annual Report available on our website or by following this link.  

Since the launch of Diabetes Action Canada in 2016, knowledge of our patient-oriented research programs is spreading nationally and internationally. In the Fall of 2018 we presented our work in many venues and in this newsletter you will learn about our involvement in the Diabetes Canada Professional Conference in Halifax, NS, and the SPOR Summit in Ottawa, ON.  We touch briefly on the latter here as the SPOR Summit was an interesting learning opportunity that highlighted some truly exceptional work incorporating the patient voice into research activities.  The event opened with a very inspirational address by the new CIHR President, Dr. Michael Strong, on the value of the SPOR program and how we must strive to demonstrate our impact.  This is very much aligned with our direction over the next year as we establish a comprehensive performance evaluation framework to measure our impact both retrospectively and prospectively.  

Beyond the research activities of Diabetes Action Canada,our leadership team has been very active, partnering with advocacy groups and meetingwith government to promote our evidence-based solutions as part of a coordinatedNational Diabetes 360 Strategy led by Diabetes Canada.  In this issue of our newsletter, you will seesome of these activities as we highlight Dr. Jean-Pierre Després mobile unit onParliament Hill providing health assessment to MPs and the Minister of Health,the Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor.  Also inthis newsletter you will learn of Diabetes Action Canada as a feature in CIHR’srecognition of Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day, Diabetes ActionCanada. 

In closing, we would like to wish you all a happy and safe holiday season and look forward to all the exciting work ahead in 2019.

Jean-Pierre Després