History of Diabetes Data Processing Unit

Last Updated: December 20, 2012

Paul Hackett, PhD (Principal Investigator)

First Nations people in Canada are three to five times more likely to develop Type II diabetes than Canadians in general. Yet even as recently as 60 years ago, the disease didn’t exist for these communities in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

This project will develop a data processing and dissemination facility for research into the history of First Nations diabetes in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Focus will be on the period leading up to its emergence as an epidemic in the latter part of the 20th century. 

Goals / Outcomes: By examining the trend of diabetes among First Nations over time, this research will enhance the study of the disease in Canada by supplying key historical context for ongoing contemporary biomedical and population research.

Funder: Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Leaders’ Opportunity Fund