The 100th Anniversary of Insulin: Celebrating Scientists Leading Diabetes Research in Manitoba

2021 marks an incredible milestone in diabetes research: The 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin.

To celebrate, the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM) is hosting a monthly webinar series for families and children living with diabetes about the science and advancements in treatment and research happening right here in Manitoba. The series will be available at no cost and will run until World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2021.

Type 2 diabetes is the fastest growing chronic illness in Canada, and Manitoba has one of the highest rates of type 2 diabetes in children in the world. Co-led by Dr. Jon McGavock, Diabetes Research Envisioned and Accomplished in Manitoba (DREAM) is a key research theme at CHRIM.

“My research focuses on trying to improve the lives of children by making new discoveries, coming up with new cures and trying to understand why some diseases, like diabetes, are more common in Manitoba than they are in other places,”

Dr. McGavock, co-lead DREAM, CHRIM Researcher, and associate professor, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba.
Dr. Heather Dean, Founding clinician-scientist for the Diabetes Education Resource for Children and Adolescents (DER-CA)

The first virtual event was held this week and featured Dr. Heather Dean, a pediatric endocrinologist and University of Manitoba professor of pediatrics and child health, who was one of the first to observe type 2 diabetes in children.

If you missed the full interview, you can watch it here!

“Manitobans have a long history of supporting the research and care teams working to understand diseases like diabetes that impact so many kids in our communities,” says Stefano Grande, president and CEO, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. “We are proud to support the DREAM team in our collective missions to improve the health of all kids.”

The next webinar will be held in May with more information shared on our events calendar. Look for more information that will be shared on Facebook and Twitter.

To watch the May webinar on, click here.

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