The Alberta Diabetes Institute (ADI) is a stand-alone research facility dedicated to translating discovery science into health solutions for the prevention, treatment and cure of diabetes. The ADI was established in 2007 to consolidate the University’s outstanding collection of diabetes researchers and their trainees. The Institute offers state-of-the-art facilities in support of research that includes cellular and molecular studies, preclinical/clinical research, population health and health outcomes studies. The facility is located in the Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation on the University of Alberta campus and consists of:
- Wet and dry lab research areas
- Offices and workstations
- A clinical research unit
- Core services
- Research support structures
The space also encompasses a number of self-administered groups performing research in focal areas. With 25,000 square metres of space, the ADI is Canada's largest free-standing structure dedicated to diabetes research.
The ADI is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, but the 50-plus scientists making up the membership are from multiple faculties, schools and departments. These scientists work in a wide range of disciplines, reflecting the nature of diabetes itself, which is a disease of multiple factors.