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Posted May 30, 2012

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McMaster and Banting Legacy Foundation partner to fight diabetes

Hamilton – The Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation (SFBLF), a Canadian charity dedicated to reducing the prevalence of diabetes, and the Department of Pediatrics of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, yesterday announced a partnership to support pediatric diabetes research.

Initially, the partnership will fund an annual expert-led think-tank to address the special challenges faced by diabetic youth as they transition to adult care. In addition, the partnership will fund research projects which will focus on children, First Nations and other at risk communities.

“We are proud to partner with the world-class diabetes research team at McMaster University”, said David Sadleir, President of the SFBLF. “This partnership and the creation of the annual Banting Legacy Lectureship will unite global experts in the field to share their insights and ultimately contribute to improved care for young diabetics across Canada and around the world.”

“The transition of young people with chronic illness into adult health services has been a concern for the pediatric profession for decades”, said Dr. Lennox Huang, Chair of Pediatrics at McMaster University. “We pediatricians, family doctors and other specialists recognize an alarming gap in care which contributes to the untimely death of young patients. McMaster’s new partnership with the Banting Legacy Foundation will tackle this issue head-on.”

The first annual Banting Lectureship will focus on transitional care of youth and is scheduled for late fall of 2012. Provincial leaders in pediatric chronic illness, internal medicine, family medicine and community partners will attend the one-day event.

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