The Alberta Diabetes Institute brings together one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of scientists and facilities for conducting diabetes research, yet no one center is capable of doing everything. The Institute works with numerous partners locally, nationally and internationally to pursue its mission through collaborative research.
National Programs at the University of Alberta
Diabetes Centres across Canada
The Alberta Diabetes Institute is also strongly aligned with other diabetes research centers across Canada with whom the Institute scientists routinely collaborate and publish.
In 2011 the Alberta Diabetes Institute initiated annual workshops with the UBC islet biology group to further promote collaborative research in stem cell differentiation, immune tolerance and inflammation.
ADI researchers are involved in work of international importance. This is reflected in the large number of papers they have co-authored with authors from around the world. In 2013, they worked with researchers from 33 different countries and 34% of articles published involved international collaboration. In total, they worked with 337 international co-authors (Scopus).
A major international collaboration exists with Oxford University for research involving genetics of islets in Type 2 diabetes. The Helmholtz Association in Germany has established Helmholtz-Alberta, a research center at the University of Alberta, where opportunities for joint research with the ADI are now being explored. Recently the ADI signed a letter of understanding with the Lund University in Sweden to develop a collaborative research partnership. Other international partners include:
Universities of Paris (France)
Hebrew University (Israel)
Shanghai Diabetes Institute (China)
Each of these collaborations allows the the Alberta Diabetes Institute to better its research potential by combining its own in-house talents with specialized resources from other centers - the result is world-leading research that surpasses what any group could do alone.