Alberta Diabetes Institute
Alberta Diabetes Institute

Dedicated to translating discovery science into health solutions for the prevention, treatment and cure of diabetes.

1-007 Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E1


Alberta Diabetes Institute

Building upon a legacy in diabetes research extending from the first clinical use of insulin to leading the world in islet transplantation today

Dr. Peter Light

Health Innovation

The Alberta Diabetes Institute, the largest freestanding diabetes research in Canada, is on the forefront of scientific discovery in virtually every field relevant to diabetes, continually pushing these discoveries towards new therapies and health policies. The Institute supports discovery science through clinical research, with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life for people living with diabetes.

How they are changing the world

Research at the Alberta Diabetes Institute spans the spectrum from ground-breaking discoveries at the molecular level to population-based research that guides new health practices, with expertise in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

The Edmonton Protocol was a major advancement in islet cell transplantation for treating Type 1 diabetes and overcoming transplant rejection. Our scientists are looking at new sources of transplantable islets, novel ways to regenerate islet cells and techniques for improving transplant immune-tolerance.

Why Edmonton?

Based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, the Institute brings together some of the world’s leading diabetes researchers from disciplines that range from cell biology to nutrition and physical activity to population health.

What does the future look like?

Diabetes is a disease whose onset is influenced by numerous hereditary, lifestyle, environmental and social factors. Overcoming diabetes requires an equally diverse approach. The Alberta Diabetes Institute brings together scientists from multiple disciplines in a collaborative fight against this disease.

Our mission is to discover new therapies and methods to prevent, treat and ultimately cure diabetes. I believe this is an exciting time for diabetes research, with the Alberta Diabetes Institute spearheading many exciting and novel research initiatives .

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