Dr. Tony Lam, Senior Scientist, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute; John Kitson McIvor Chair in Diabetes Research
Research focus: unveiling novel therapeutic molecular targets in the gut and the brain that lower blood glucose, lipid levels and body weight in diabetes and obesity.
Dr. Minna Woo, Senior Scientist, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute
Research focus: explaining the molecular mechanisms that determine the cause, develop-ment and effects of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes, known to increase the risk of car-diovascular disease and cancer.
Dr. Cristina Nostro, Principal Investigator, McEwen Stem Cell Institute; Harry Rosen Chair in Diabetes and Regenerative Medicine Research
Research focus: eliminating the need for insulin injections by explaining the signaling pathways governing the formation, expansion and maturation of pancreatic cells using stem cells.
Dr. Clint Robbins, Peter Munk Chair in Complex Aortic Therapy; Scientist, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute.
Research focus: understanding the role of inflammation in atherosclerosis (the build-up of plaque in arteries) and aortic disease to identify novel therapeutic targets.
Dr. Mansoor Husain, Director and Senior Scientist, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute; Executive Director, Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, UHN
Research focus: explaining the molecular bases of cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, atherosclerosis and heart failure.
Dr. Jason Fish, Senior Scientist, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute
Research focus: understanding the molecular mechanisms governing blood vessel function, essential for innovation in therapies that alter vascular growth or repress vascular inflam-mation.
Dr. Michael Laflamme, Robert R. McEwen Chair in Cardiac Regenerative Medicine, McEwen Stem Cell Institute; Principal Investigator, McEwen Stem Cell Institute;
Research focus: developing stem cell-based therapies to regenerate injured hearts, restoring function by “remuscularizing” the scar tissue with heart tissue cells.