Jon McGavock PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Pediatrics and Child Health

Max Rady College of Medicine

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

My research program has 3 main pillars in order to span the spectrum of mechanistic human physiology studies to community-based participatory action research. Pillar 1: the determinants of type 2 diabetes and the associated complications, Pillar 2: dose of physical activity needed to prevent type 2 diabetes and improve metabolic control in individuals with type 1 diabetes, Pillar 3: the role of peer mentoring for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes in youth. 

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Vern Dolinsky PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Max Rady College of Medicine

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

My research is focused on investigating the mechanisms involved in the development of gestational diabetes and how gestational diabetes contributes to the development of obesity, diabetes and related cardiovascular disease in youth. Our aim is to guide the development of novel therapies for obesity, diabetes and heart disease. 

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Meghan Azad PhD

Assistant Professor 

Department of Pediatrics and Child Health

Department of Community Health Sciences

Department of Human Nutritional Sciences

Max Rady College of Medicine

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

My research focuses on the developmental orgins of health and disease, and aims to clarify the influence of breasfeeding on infant health and development, identify the bioactive components of human milk that underlie these associations, and determine how maternal characteristics influence breastfeeding, milk composition and infant health. 

Allison Dart MD, MSc

Assistant Professor and Pediatric Nephrologist

Department of Pediatrics and Child Health

Max Rady College of Medicine

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

My research interests are in the epidemiology of chronic disease (CKD) in Indigenous children, with a current focus on renal outcomes in youth with type 2 diabetes. Currently the co-lead of the National iCARE study, funded by CIHR which will evaluate the bio-psychosocial determinants of albuminuria in youth with type 2 diabetes. 

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Christine Doucette PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology

Max Rady College of Medicine

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

My research program aims to identify novel metabolic and molecular mechanisms that control the dynamic daily cycles of insulin secretion from the pancreatic beta cell, and to determine how exposure to various risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes impacts these daily cycles of insulin secretion. 

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Joe Gordon PhD

Associate Professor

Departments of Human Anatomy and Cell Science, and Physiology and Pathophysiology

College of Nursing

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

My research focuses on transcriptional regulation of cardiovascular development and disease, and on the role of mitochondrial dysfunction in insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle.

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Grant Hatch PhD

Professor

Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Max Rady College of Medicine

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

My three main areas of research are  1) Biology of Cariolipin (CL): examining regulation of the metabolism CL, 2) Biology of Human Lipid Disorder: investigating the role of TAZ in CL metabolism and Barth Syndrome, 3) Biology of the Blood Brain Barrier: examining mechanisms that govern transport across human brain microvessel endothelial cells and the role that CL plays.

Meaghan Jones PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics

Max Rady College of Medicine

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

My current focus is on the role of epigenetic changes in the link between mothers’ exposure to inhaled pollutants like tobacco or cannabis smoke and their children’s risk of developing asthma. Students and staff in my lab have the opportunity to use large epigenetic data sets from human birth cohort studies to discover epigenetic changes associated with specific environmental exposures. These findings inform further experiments using model systems to understand the molecular and developmental impacts of prenatal exposures, leading to a truly multi-disciplinary learning experience.

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Ayesha Saleem PhD

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management (FKRM)

The main focus of my research program is to decipher intercellular signalling, as mediated by extracellular vesicles, that regulates the interplay between host tissue and imposed challenges. These challenges can be physiological (exercise, age), metabolic (cancer, obesity), environmental (smoke, pollutants) or developmental (prenatal).

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Elizabeth Sellers MD, MSc

Professor and Pediatric Endocrinologist 

Department of Pediatrics and Child Health

Max Rady College of Medicine

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

My main areas of research focus are on pediatrics, endocrinology and metabolism, epidemiology, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome.

Geert t'Jong MD, MSc

Assistant Professor and Clinical Pharmacologist

Department of Pediatrics and Child Health

Max Rady College of Medicine

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

I do a combination of clinical work as a paediatrician and clinical research in paediatrics, specifically in children with obesity and/or diabetes, looking at the effects of these diseases and genetics on medication use, and the use of innovative therapies for the prevention and treatment of these conditions and diseases.  

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Brandy Wicklow MD, MSc

Associate Professor and Pediatric Endocrinologist 

Department of Pediatrics and Child Health

Max Rady College of Medicine

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

My research focus is on child and adolescent type 2 diabetes, including the socioeconomic, environmental, in utero, and endogenous determinants of childhood diabetes onset. Current research is evaluating the fetal origins of childhood onset type 2 diabetes, including in utero and epigenetic modifications. 

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Kristy Wittmeier PhD

Assistant Professor & Director of Knowledge Translation at CHI

Department of Pediatrics and Child Health

Max Rady College of Medicine

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

My career started as a physiotherapist with a specific interest in using physical activity as a tool to prevent and manage obesity-related conditions in youth. My current research merges the areas of knowledge translation with pediatric obesity and rehabilitation. One of my main studies underway is a provincial and national mapping system of available pediatric weight management services.

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Jana Slaght MSc 

DREAM Research Coordinator

My research interests started in kinesiology, focusing on the level of physical activity required in order to obtain optimal health benefits, but my interests are always expanding. I am fortunate to work with all of the DREAM researchers to help facilitate their research projects which span many different areas but all have a common interest of improving the health of youth living with type 2 diabetes.  

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