November 25, 2021 — Ottawa, Ontario — Canadian Institutes of Health Research
November is Diabetes Awareness Month—a time to reflect on a disease that affects millions of Canadians and to recognize the scientific advances that have been made in the prevention and to treatment of diabetes in Canada, beginning with the discovery of insulin in 1921.
Despite this life-saving discovery and the ongoing progress that has been made in treating this disease, the burden of diabetes and its related complications on individuals, families, communities, and health care systems is increasing in Canada and around the world.
That is why the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, today announced a joint investment of $20 million to support new research teams across Canada. These teams will work to develop new approaches to preventing, treating, and caring for Canadians living with diabetes. Researchers will also work with patient partners—people with lived experience of diabetes—to ensure that the research being conducted is relevant and valuable to the people that it affects most.
The Government of Canada is providing $14 million of the funding announced today through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The additional $6 million is being provided by JDRF Canada, Diabetes Canada, The Kidney Foundation of Canada, and Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé. This investment is part of CIHR’s 100 Years of Insulin: Accelerating Canadian Discoveries to Defeat Diabetes initiative.