Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
University of British Columbia
C. Bruce Verchere PhD is a Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver Canada, head of the Canucks for Kids Fund Childhood Diabetes Laboratories at BC Children's Hospital, and holds the Irving K Barber Chair in Diabetes Research. His research, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), JDRF, and the Stem Cell Network, aims to understand how pancreatic islet beta cells function and why they are lost or are dysfunctional in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and following transplantation. He has made significant contributions to our understanding of islet inflammation, the biosynthesis of beta cell hormones, and the pathophysiology of the beta cell peptide islet amyloid polypeptide. Dr. Verchere obtained his PhD in physiology at UBC in 1991, and then pursued post-doctoral training at the University of Washington and University of Geneva before returning to Vancouver in 1997. He has published over 120 manuscripts in the field of islet biology and diabetes. He has chaired and served on review panels for CIHR, JDRF, and NIH, and currently sits on advisory board of the journal Endocrinology and as an associate editor of Islets and Diabetologia. His contributions to diabetes research and service have been recognized by the Diabetes Canada Young Scientist award (2006), a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013), and the Geoffrey L Hammond Lectureship (2016).