James Shapiro, who led the team that developed the pioneering Edmonton Protocol for islet cell transplants, is now focused on an approach that uses a diabetes patient's own cells to create insulin-producing cells that can be transplanted back into the patient. (Photo: Richard Siemens)

Renowned diabetes researcher will bolster world-leading expertise at U of A

New Canada Excellence Research Chair will study a critical underlying defect in all types of diabetes, with the goal of improving prevention and treatment.

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About the Alberta Diabetes Institute

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Browse our current research studies for those that are recruiting volunteers. You can also join our research study participant database to be informed of new research opportunities / diabetes information.


The Institute is made up of members and partners from multiple faculties and departments that include cellular biology, surgery, immunology, physical activity, pharmaceutical sciences, nutrition, and public health.  


The Institute offers Trainees a rich and unique environment for developing research skills and pursuing novel research in their fields. Trainees also have the opportunity to become a member of the ADI Trainee Working Group.

Message from the ADI Director

Dr. Peter Senior, Appointed ADI Director, July 1, 2021

Director's Message

Upcoming Events

Alberta Diabetes Foundation's Hummingbird Awards Gala
November 14, 2024

  • Five Award Categories:
    • Researcher of the Year
    • Emerging Researcher of the Year
    • Diabetes Impact
    • Outstanding Philanthropist
    • Heroes in Diabetes
  • For full event details, tickets, award categories and nomination forms, please see:
2024 Hummingbird Awards Gala