Bruce Verchere receives Diamond Jubilee Medal

7 March 2013

MSFHR congratulates Dr. Bruce Verchere (2006 MSFHR Senior Scholar and Research Advisory Council member) on receiving a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to diabetes research.

The medal was presented by the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) at a special ceremony hosted by UBC’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences on February 28. Verchere is one of 30 Canadians nominated by CDA to receive Diamond Jubilee medals for helping to improve the lives of those living with diabetes. His research focuses on insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas and seeks to understand why they are killed or are dysfunctional in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and in transplanted islets.

Verchere is the inaugural Irving K. Barber Chair in Diabetes Research at UBC and serves as head of the Diabetes Research Program at the Child & Family Research Institute.

The Diamond Jubilee Medal program was created by the Government of Canada to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession. Members of the general public and selected provincial and national organizations were invited to nominate candidates in recognition of significant contributions and service to the country.