Dr. Calvin Ke is an endocrinologist and PhD student in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research at the University of Toronto. He researches the management and outcomes of young-onset type 2 diabetes in South Asian populations in Canada and worldwide.
Young-onset type 2 diabetes (YOD) is defined as type 2 diabetes occurring before the age of 40 years. YOD is a particularly aggressive form of diabetes, causing people to die 15 years earlier compared to people without diabetes. Rates of YOD have skyrocketed in Canada, and South Asians are especially susceptible—with double the risk of developing this condition compared to other Canadians. However, the consequences of YOD have never been studied in South Asians. Understanding how YOD affects the risk of heart attack and stroke could help prevent young people from getting these cardiovascular complications. Dr. Ke’s research will address this gap by determining how YOD affects cardiovascular risk in South Asians, and revealing whether there are any differences compared to other Canadians. The study will involve using specialized statistical tools to analyze the health records of Ontario’s 14 million residents. Results from the study will help create targeted recommendations to prevent cardiovascular disease in young South Asians living with type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Anoop Mathew
Dr. Mathew is presently completing a Clinical Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at the Mazankowski Heart Institute, University of Alberta.The focus of Dr. Mathew's project is: Ethnic differences in the risk of bleeding complications in patients with ST- segment elevation myocardial infarction: Insights from the Alberta STEMI registry and the Kerala STEMI registry.
Mr. Justin Chan
We are proud to announce the winner of our 2016 SANSAR Young Investigator Award, Mr. Justin Chan!Mr. Chan is a PhD. candidate in Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia. For the purpose of this award, his intention is to continue his project, titled Epidemiology and healthcare utilization of inflammatory bowel disease in South Asians living in British Columbia. This work will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia. The award, sponsored by the CIBC in 2016, will be presented at SANSAR’s 3rd Annual Gala: Discover South Asia, on Friday, June 9th, 2017 to be held in Vaughan, Ontario.
Dr. Michael Zulyniak
Congratulations to SANSAR's 2015 award winner, Michael Zulyniak! The award was presented at the Gauging the Guidelines Symposium on February 27, 2016, at the Mississauga Convention Centre, Mississauga, Ontario.
Michael Zulyniak, PhD CIHR RCT Trainee & Research Fellow Department of Medicine McMaster University
Project: High blood sugar during pregnancy is common in South Asian women and may lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes in both mother and child. Diet and physical activity may protect a pregnant woman from developing diabetes but the research to-date is not clear. This research aims to develop a (i) diet, (ii) exercise, and (iii) diet & exercise program for pregnant South Asian women.
Iris Lesser, PhD Candidate Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology Simon Fraser University
Project: Assessing the effect of standard and culturally relevant exercise on abdominal fat and cardiovascular risk in postmenopausal South Asian women.