Health Information Series

UBC Health Information Series and the Life Sciences Institute Presents “Drugs, Diet and Genes. Personal Approaches to Treat Diabetes and Obesity”

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch

Learn about the link between obesity and diabetes, current treatment options for type 2 diabetes and how genetics and personalized medicine will inform better treatments in the near future.

This talk is an informal and open forum that aims to bring the latest and greatest ideas in the area of the Life Sciences to the public. Each event is free to attend and will include a talk, networking opportunities and reception. This series focuses on Personalized Medicine and how the Life Sciences Institute faculty, staff and students are working to change clinical practice, improve health outcomes, and reduce health costs.  In partnership with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s Health Information Series, an ongoing public lecture series that take place in the Lower Mainland community, this talk will also be recorded for webcast viewing at a later date. 

Insulin – The good, the bad and the complicated

Jim Johnson
Associate Professor, UBC LSI Diabetes Research Group
Dept of Cellular & Physiological Sciences

Do these genes make me fat?

Susanne Clee
Assistant Professor, UBC LSI Diabetes Research Group
Dept of Cellular & Physiological Sciences

New drugs in diabetes

Tom Elliott, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
UBC Depts of Medicine and Endocrinology


Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
Central Library
350 West Georgia Street


To attend this talk, please RSVP online.


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For more information about this series, please contact Lee Ann Bryant, Reference Librarian or Allan Cho, Community Engagement Librarian

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