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"Diabetes is truly THE disease of the 21st century. Unless we make rapid, major advances in understanding its cause, preventive measures and more effective treatment strategies, there will be a reversal of many of the gains we have made over the past 50 years. Our research scientists and clinicians are positioned to make major international advances in this respect.”

— Dr. Gary Lewis
Head, Division of
Endocrinology and Metabolism
University Health Network
and Mount Sinai Hospital
(pictured above)

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The Banting & Best Diabetes Centre (BBDC) at University Health Network

  • Established at The University of Toronto in 1978
  • Founded on a legacy of research excellence going back 90 years: the discovery of insulin
  • BBDC membership boasts an unparalleled network of more than 135 world-class researchers and care providers

Inspired by history and the urgent need to improve treatment and care here and around the world, University Health Network and the University of Toronto have partnered and launched an ambitious $20 million campaign in support of diabetes research at the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre. This funding will bolster our researchers’ strong record of driving world firsts. (www.bbdc.org)

Looking to the future, regenerative medicine is a key focus of diabetes research.

Our researchers are global leaders in this pursuit and are edging closer towards the creation of insulin-producing cells from stem cells, ready for transplantation into people with diabetes. In addition, our efforts involving human genome sequencing have enabled more sophisticated approaches to diabetes studies.

For more information and how you can help us find the answers, please contact:

Shauna Seabrook, Campaign Director
Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation
T: 416.581-7661
E: shauna.seabrook@uhn.ca