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January 2019


BBDC to Award Heffel Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2019

This past November, the 1925 painting “The Lab” by Frederick Banting sold for $313,250 – a record for the artist and more than ten times the pre-sale estimate. The painting depicts the lab at the University of Toronto where he and Charles Best discovered insulin just a few years prior. Heffel Fine Art Auction House, which sold the painting, has donated its commission from the sale to the University of Toronto’s Banting & Best Diabetes Centre.
The Lab (1925) by Frederick Banting is his only known painting of the University of Toronto lab where he discovered insulin (image courtesy of Heffel Fine Art Auction House).
Two New Educational Videos on Hypoglycemia Available on QUEST Website

The BBDC’s Quality, Education and Safety committee (QUEST) is pleased to announce the creation of two authoritative and unbiased educational videos on Preventing and Managing Hypoglycemia and Hypoglycemia and Safe Driving that will be of value to all members of the healthcare team who routinely teach their patients about this challenging obstacle to managing their blood sugars.
Upcoming Events
Joint Cardiovascular-Diabetes Symposium
Understanding the Interactions Between Diabetes and Heart Disease

January 18-19, 2019
Hilton Toronto Downtown

Join us for the joint Cardiovascular-Diabetes Symposium, hosted by the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre. The aim of this symposium is to explore the interactions between diabetes and heart disease, through discussion of the latest thinking and best practices for office-based patient assessment with an emphasis on an integrative patient-focused approach.  Visit the symposium website for complete details. We look forward to seeing you there!
BBDC Seminar Series at City-wide Endocrine Rounds

The BBDC will be hosting the following visiting speakers at City-wide Endocrine Rounds. The diabetes-related seminars will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Mount Sinai Hospital, Lebovic Building, 60 Murray Street, 3rd floor conference room. Faculty who wish to meet with any of the speakers should contact Sanam Tajadod at

Friday, February 8, 2019
Empagliflozin and Heart Failure
Jason Dyck, PhD
University of Alberta
Friday, April 12, 2019
Transcriptional Factors and Pancreatic Biology
Francis Lynn, PhD
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

30th Annual Scientific Day

Friday, May 10, 2019
Old Mill, Toronto

Save the date! The BBDC’s 30th Annual Scientific Day will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019. Dr. Michael Schwartz, University of Washington will deliver the Charles Hollenberg Memorial Lectureship. Dr. Rexford Ahima, Editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, and a BBDC member (to be announced) will co-judge posters for the Annual Trainee Awards Competition. Local speakers include Drs. Andrew Advani, Lisa Chu, Satya Dash, Daniel Drucker and Jonathan Rocheleau. The full program and registration information will be available on our website in early 2019.  

Trainee Lab Seminar Series

This seminar series is intended to provide trainees (residents, fellows and graduate students) and junior faculty with an opportunity to present their proposals and unpublished basic science research to their peers in a moderated academic setting. Attendance is open to all BBDC members, their trainees, and U of T endocrine residents.
Clinical Research In Progress Rounds

This quarterly seminar series is intended to provide trainees (residents, fellows and graduate students) and junior faculty with an opportunity to present their proposals and unpublished clinical and population-based research.  Attendance is open to all BBDC members, their trainees, and U of T endocrine residents.
6th BBDC-Joslin-UCPH Conference

October 24-26, 2019
Boston, Massachusetts

Mark your calendar. The 6th annual BBDC-Joslin Diabetes Center-University of Copenhagen Conference will be held October 24-26 in Boston. Each day will focus on a different topic including: bioenergetic stress pathways and epigenetics of aging; metabolic and epi-genetic regulations of diabetic complications; and a celebration of Susan and Gordon Weir's research years at the Joslin with a focus on islet senescence and regeneration, epigenetics and transcriptomes.

The three institutions have long been at the heart of global diabetes research, and this meeting seeks to build on that long tradition to bring together not only prominent researchers but also young researchers from across the globe and to foster greater cross-institutional research in the field of diabetes.  More information will be available in the coming months.
Trainees from BBDC, Joslin Diabetes Center and University of Copenhagen network at the 2018 Danish Diabetes Academy Training Day in Copenhagen.
Funding Opportunities
Annual Trainee Awards Competition

The BBDC invites graduate, undergraduate and medical students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and medical residents to submit an abstract of their diabetes-related research for this competition. The top ten will be invited to present a poster at the BBDC Annual Scientific Day to be held on Friday, May 10, 2019.  The ten posters will be co-judged by Dr. Rexford Ahima, Editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, and a U of T faculty member (to be announced). The prize winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the end of the Scientific Day.  Applications must be received by 4 p.m., January 15, 2019.
Charles Hollenberg Summer Studentship Program 2019

Some Fourteen summer studentships are available for undergraduate and medical students to carry out summer research in diabetes under the supervision of a member of the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre. The goal of the program is to introduce undergraduate and medical students to the field of diabetes research and to encourage research in diabetes and its complications as a career. Students will be required to work full-time for a minimum of 12 weeks between May 1 and August 31, 2019. Applications must be received by 4 p.m., January 17, 2019.
Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019/2020

BBDC Postdoctoral Fellowships
Hugh Sellers Postdoctoral Fellowship
Heffel Postdoctoral Fellowship
BBDC Fellowship in Diabetes Care (Funded By Eli Lilly & Boehringer Ingelheim)

The BBDC will be awarding a number of postdoctoral fellowships to candidates at the post-PhD or post-MD degree stages. The one-year fellowships normally commencing on July 1, 2019 (and no later than September 1, 2019) are for full-time research training in diabetes. To be eligible, candidates must have received a doctoral degree (PhD) after July 2015, or a medical degree (MD) after July 2010, and must be within their first four years of postgraduate research training as of July 1, 2019. Applications must be received by 4 p.m., February 26, 2019.
Archie Sopman Diabetes Research and Education Awards 2019
(For University Health Network Employees)

This funding program is open to University Health Network (UHN) staff physicians, dietitians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, and scientists whose major job description involves diabetes research, diabetes education, or diabetes clinical care.  Funding is available for travel to one diabetes-specific meeting occurring in the year 2019, or to support a visiting lecturer in diabetes or metabolic disorders visiting in the year 2019. To be eligible to apply, applicants must be employed by the UHN on a full-time or part-time basis. The principal applicant must also be a registered member* of the BBDC at the time of application submission. Applications must be received by 4 p.m., March 26, 2019.  
Graduate Studentships 2019/2020

The Banting & Best Diabetes Centre is now accepting applications for the following graduate studentships: 
  • BBDC-Novo Nordisk Studentships
  • BBDC-University Health Network Graduate Awards
  • Tamarack Graduate Award in Diabetes Research
  • Yow Kam-Yuen Graduate Scholarship in Diabetes Research
To be eligible, the applicant must be a registered full-time graduate student in the Faculty of Medicine or the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto by August 31, 2019 and must be carrying out studies in diabetes research.  The applicant must demonstrate financial need and must be either a Canadian citizen or have Permanent Residence status in Ontario by August 31, 2019. Applications must be received by 4 p.m., April 2, 2019.
Trainee Travel Awards 2018/2019 (Period 2) and
Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation Travel Awards

Some Awards of up to $1,000 (Canadian) are available to trainees who will be traveling to a national or international meeting between January 1 and June 30, 2019 to present a first-author abstract. The content of the abstract must be directly relevant to diabetes. At the time of abstract submission to the meeting, the applicant must be either a:
  • Registered University of Toronto graduate, undergraduate or medical student
  • Post-doctoral fellow having received a PhD within the last 5 years
  • Medical resident or clinical fellow having received an MD within the last 9 years
 Applications must be received by 4 p.m., April 16, 2019.
Funding Decisions
See the latest BBDC funding recipients in the Funding Decisions section of our website.
BBDC Member Profile
Laura Rosella photo
Laura Rosella, PhD, MHSc

Laura Rosella, PhD, MHSc, is an epidemiologist and Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) at the University of Toronto, where she holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Population Health Analytics. She is also the Program Director for the DLSPH PhD Program in Epidemiology, Site Director at ICES U of T, and a Faculty Affiliate at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

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