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Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism

Noteworthy Publications

Lee E, Moreau K, Lochnan H. A customized board game enhances learning about obesity. Med Educ 2015;49(11):1149–50.

Pound LD, Patrick C, Eberhard C, Mottawea W, Want GS, Abujamel T, Vandenbeek R, Stinzi A, Scott FW. Cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide: a novel regulator of islet function, islet regeneration and selected bacteria. Diabetes 2015;64:4135–47.

Tran C, Liddy CE, Liu DM, Afkham A, Keely E. eConsults to Endocrinologists improve and change primary care provider behavior. Endocrine Practice 2016 (Epub ahead of print).

Burger D, Gagnon A, Lochnan HA, Mahzari M, Sorisky A. Thyroid stimulating hormone acutely increases levels of circulating pro-coagulant microparticles. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf) 2015;83(2):285–7.

Doyle MA, Malcolm JC, Liu D, Maranger J, Ooi TC, Keely E. Using a structured discharge letter template to improve communication during the transition from a specialized outpatient diabetes clinic to a primary care physician. Can J Diabetes 2015; 39(6):457–66.

 

Key Grants

Keely E, Archibald D. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Using Clinical Questions Submitted Through eConsultations to Inform Targeted Continuing Professional Development.

Sorisky A. Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Adipose Progenitor Cell Responses to Nutrient Stress and Macrophages.

Liddy C, Keely E. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Building Access to Specialist Care through eConsultation.

Zha X (PI). Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). ABCA1 regulated Inflammatory Response and Cholesterol Efflux through Disrupting Lipid Rafts in Macrophages.

Scott F (PI). Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). Antimicrobial Peptides and M2 Macrophages as New Targets for Intervention in Type 1 Diabetes.

 

Overview

The Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism is based at the Riverside campus of The Ottawa Hospital. Our 4th floor location was completely renovated in 2004, and now encompasses administrative offices, conference/teaching rooms, a spacious ambulatory clinic area, and a contiguous clinical research centre that includes its own clinical assessment rooms, a wet bench clinical research laboratory, as well as a dynamic endocrine testing laboratory. Our basic, translational, and clinical research activities are linked to the Chronic Disease Program of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), and include studies addressing adipose tissue dysfunction, lipoprotein metabolism, gestational diabetes, autoimmunity in type 1 diabetes, and innovative models of quality and safety for diabetes care.

Our ambulatory clinic area is organized as the Foustanellas Endocrine and Diabetes Centre, and is the leading referral centre in Eastern Ontario for complex clinical care, research, and professional education. We serve a population of just over a million people, providing specialized bilingual, inpatient and outpatient care to patients and families with a variety of endocrine and metabolic conditions including diabetes, lipid disorders, thyroid cancer, osteoporosis, and disorders of the thyroid, the parathyroid, the pituitary, and the adrenal glands.

Research

Our research activities, linked to the Chronic Disease Program of the OHRI and the University of Ottawa, are led by clinicians and basic scientists. They span a wide range of investigations, from biomedical translational studies to clinical research trials to models of health care delivery.

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Education

We provide outstanding postgraduate and undergraduate education opportunities. The fellowship program in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Ottawa provides you with a dynamic, stimulating environment with a strong focus on residency education. A large catchment area ensures exposure to all types and severity of endocrine disease. Our program offers many diverse opportunities for domestic and visiting clerkship students interested in the field of endocrinology, ranging from outpatient clinical endocrinology to consultation services.  Furthermore our elective opportunities can accommodate students at varying levels of training.

Patient Care

The Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism provides specialized inpatient and outpatient care for a population of just over one million people. The Foustanellas Endocrine and Diabetes Centre, located at the Riverside Campus, is the major referral centre for Eastern Ontario. There are approximately 20,000 patient visits per year for a wide variety of endocrine and metabolic conditions and complex diabetes care.

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Honours and Awards

  • Drs Erin Keely and Clare Liddy (Dept of Family Medicine) received several awards recognizing the impact of the Champlain BASE eConsult program. These include the Honor Roll of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Health Quality and Safety, Honour Roll, and second prize in the Canada Health Infoway’s Imagine Nation e-Connect Impact Challenge.
  • Dr. Heather Lochnan was awarded a Faculty of Medicine Educator Award in the Leadership/Manager Competency (Dec 2015)
  • Dr. Amel Arnaout and Kim Twyman were nominated for the University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s Annual President’s Team Spirit Award on May 24, 2016 for their work on the Insulin Pen Project.