CIHR-JDRF Partnership to Defeat Diabetes


Through a longstanding partnership, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and JDRF Canada support research to improve the prevention, screening, management, and treatment of diabetes in Canada.

CIHR and JDRF are jointly providing $30M to support nine type 1 diabetes research projects, and CIHR is providing an additional $3M to support three projects focused on type 2 diabetes. The teams will focus their research on diverse aspects of diabetes care: four teams will work on precision medicine projects, tailoring treatments to specific individuals and groups; seven teams will study effective interventions and models of care that address the psychosocial, behavioural, and emotional impact of diabetes; and one team will study the feasibility and acceptability of a national program to screen for type 1 diabetes to enable earlier diagnosis and avoid serious complications that can occur at the time of diagnosis.

Funded teams

Nominated Principal Investigator Institution Project title
CIHR-JDRF Team Grants in Type 1 Diabetes Precision Medicine
Dr. Shazhan Amed University of British Columbia Precise treatment for pediatric diabetes: Providing the right care, for the right patient, at the right time, over time
Dr. Farid Mahmud Hospital for Sick Children Empowering diverse youth with diabetes through precision medicine, 'EVERYONE'
Dr. Elizabeth Rideout University of British Columbia Leveraging biological sex and genetics for beta cell-directed precision medicine in type 1 diabetes
Dr. Peter Thompson University of Manitoba Spatio-temporal dynamics of immune and non-immune islet injury in type 1 diabetes
CIHR-JDRF Operating Grants in Diabetes, Psychosocial Health, Prevention and Self-Management
Dr. Sonia Butalia University of Calgary Aiming for something sweeter: Supporting youth with type 1 diabetes during transition from pediatric to adult diabetes care
Dr. Deborah Da Costa Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre Adaptation and pilot evaluation of a digital intervention targeting the psychosocial needs of individuals with pregestational diabetes: A mixed-methods multi-phase study
Dr. Jonathan McGavock University of Manitoba Type 1 diabetes, exercise and mentoring (TEAM) trial: A randomized controlled pilot trial using peer mentorship to increase physical activity and quality of life in adolescents with type 1 diabetes
Dr. Holly Witteman Université Laval Find your communiT1D: Customized virtual peer support for people living with type 1 diabetes
Dr. Doug Klein University of Alberta Healthy fit and strong: Changing the story for Indigenous youth and young adults
Dr. Romina Pace Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre Peer-peer support initiative for Indigenous youth and young adults with diabetes
Dr. Michelle Mottola University of Western Ontario Preventing diabetes in young pregnant Arab Muslim individuals through lifestyle modification using the nutrition and exercise lifestyle intervention program (NELIP): A call to action
CIHR-JDRF Type 1 Diabetes Screening Research Consortium
Dr. Diane Wherrett Hospital for Sick Children Canadian Population Screening for Risk of Type 1 Diabetes Research Consortium (CanScreenT1D)

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