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Our research program at the Alberta Diabetes Institute continues to thrive and grow. With over 65 principal investigators and 200 trainees, our mission is to discover new therapies and methods to prevent, treat and ultimately cure diabetes. I believe that this is an exciting time for diabetes research at the University of Alberta, with the Institute spearheading many exciting and novel research initiatives.

 

Thanks to our donors and diabetes research supporters, we continue to to provide world-class research and an excellent training environment, with state-of-the-art facilities and funding for students, trainees, and research grants. Our research continues to advance into more innovative directions with an even greater impact, as we remain steadfast in our mission to discover new methods to prevent, treat, and ultimately cure diabetes.

Dr. Peter Light

Director, Alberta Diabetes Institute
Dr. Charles A. Allard Chair in Diabetes Research


Dr. Charles A. Allard Chair in Diabetes Research

Established in 2006 by a generous gift from Peter A. Allard, the Dr. Charles A. Allard Chair in Diabetes Research supports the research of the Director of the Alberta Diabetes Institute at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Peter Light is the director of the Alberta Diabetes Institute and, under his direction, the Institute has strengthened its reputation as a major national and global hub of research excellence. As the largest stand-alone diabetes research institute in Canada, Institute researchers obtain a significant amount of peer-reviewed research grant funding from government, foundations and industry at the provincial, national and international levels. As the Dr. Charles A. Allard Chair in Diabetes Research and Alberta Diabetes Institute Director for the past seven years, Dr. Light’s multiple areas of focus include research, knowledge transfer, and oversight of multiple-year research initiatives; training and recruitment; funding; and furthering interdisciplinary collaborations on campus, nationally, and internationally.

Dr. Charles Allard (1919–1991)

Dr. Charles A. Allard was one of Alberta’s best examples of a physician who was successful inside and outside medicine. He demonstrated how hard work, good judgment, and ability were the core competencies of success. Independent minded, he was a clear thinker who had a remarkable insight into Alberta’s future.  

Dr. Allard’s career began as one of the first fellowship-trained surgeons in Canada. After a brief postgraduate stint at the University of Toronto, he transferred to McGill’s new surgical training program in 1944 and graduated with the first class of surgical Fellows. He returned to Edmonton in 1948 to set up practice at the Edmonton General Hospital (EGH). Dr. Allard was a surgeon at the Edmonton General for almost 20 years and, in 1956, he was appointed Chief of Staff. He continued as the Chief until 1968 when he stepped down and took a leave of absence to commit more time to pursue his many business interests including real estate, the gas and petrochemical industry and his true love in broadcasting. In 1974, he launched CITV in Edmonton, the first independent television station in Western Canada.  

Dr. Allard believed in giving back to the community in which he lived and his final legacy was the establishment of the Allard Foundation, which has had a significant impact within Alberta since its inception and will continue its influence in the future. The Allard Foundation has provided financial assistance to many organizations in Alberta and Canada, primarily focusing on the health sector and medical research, with education also an important priority.  

Through the years, Dr. Allard received many distinguished awards including Broadcaster of the Year. In 2005, he was named one of the Edmontonians of the Century and Physicians of the Century. He was inducted into the Canadian Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the Business Hall of Fame. Dr. Allard passed away in 1991 leaving behind his six children - Cam, Judy, twins Chuck and Peter, Tony and Cathy. He also had 12 grandchildren.  

July 2007 Gift Announcement: “You don’t make any strides without research money”