Jeff JohnsonJeff Johnson, PhD

Office:     2-040 Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation
Mail:       University of Alberta, Edmonton AB T6G 2E1
Phone:   780-248-1010
Fax:       780-492-7455
Email:    Jeff.johnson@ualberta.ca

 

 

 

 

Current Position                                                       

Professor, School of Public Health, Department of Public Health Sciences

 

Research Areas

 

Health outcomes research in diabetes

 

Current Research Activities

  • Alliance for Canadian Health Outcomes Research in Diabetes (ACHORD)
    Principal Investigator
    funded by the CIHR – Emerging Team Grant: Obesity and Related Diseases, Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes
  • Diabetes, influenza and cardiopulmonary outcomes: The rationale for targeting influenza vaccinations for patients with diabetes.
    Principal Investigator
    funded by CIHR - Operating
  • Alberta’s Caring for Diabetes (ABCD) Project
    Principal Investigator
    funded by Alberta Health and Wellness
  • Cancer Incidence for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Exposed to Oral Hypoglycemics: Are there differences between agents?
    Principal Investigator
    funded by CIHR
  • Healthy Eating and Active Living in Diabetes (HEALD)
    Principal Investigator
    funded by the Lawson Foundation


Human Studies

                       

Diabetes Complications Study – Do You Have Type 2 Diabetes?

Researchers at the Alliance for Canadian Health Outcomes Research in Diabetes (ACHORD) are conducting a study about the complications of diabetes, such as stroke, eye disease, heart disease and kidney disease. This study is part of a larger project, called the Alberta’s Caring for Diabetes (ABCD) Project.

Your participation will provide information on how diabetes patients live their lives, which can help determine who will develop these complications and who will not.

Please call toll free at 1-855-819-ABCD (2223) or email achord@ualberta.ca to receive a study package or for more information, visit our website at www.achord.ca

 

Other Activities and Affiliations

 

I direct the Alliance for Canadian Health Outcomes Research in Diabetes (ACHORD) based in Alberta Diabetes Institute at the University of Alberta. Through the ACHORD Group, I have lead health outcomes research through epidemiologic, pharmacoepidemiologic, health-related quality of life and economic evaluations.

Membership on Panels, Boards, Working Groups, Networks

I have long been involved in national and provincial diabetes surveillance activities. As the co-chair of the Scientific Working Group for the National Diabetes Surveillance System (NDSS), I advised the Public Health Agency of Canada on the future direction for the NDSS. I led the Alberta Diabetes Surveillance System (ADSS) from 2008 to 2013, in partnership with Alberta Health and Wellness and currently lead the Alberta’s Caring for Diabetes (ABCD) in partnership with Alberta Health. Currently, I am the Scientific Director for Obesity, Diabetes and Nutrition, Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services.

In recent past, I have served as a reviewer for a number of scientific journals, and research funding agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (formerly the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research), and the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA). I served on CDA National Research Council, as the chair of Committee III, responsible for funding of population health, health services, clinical/lifestyle intervention and diabetes education research. I am part of the EuroQol (European Quality of Life) Board and a founding member of the International Diabetes & Cancer Research Consortium Working Group.


Major Achievements

 

Centennial Professor, University of Alberta, 2012
Killam Professorship, University of Alberta, 2010
Senior Health Scholar Award
, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, 2009
CDA Young Scientist Award, Canadian Diabetes Association, 2008
Canada Research Chair, Government of Canada, 2007

 

Biography

I am a pharmacist by training and a health outcomes researcher. My interest is in diabetes surveillance and the assessment of the quality and efficiency of health care for type 2 diabetes

I direct the Alliance for Canadian Health Outcomes Research in Diabetes (ACHORD) based in the Alberta Diabetes Institute at the University of Alberta. Through the ACHORD Group, I have lead health outcomes research through epidemiologic, pharmacoepidemiologic, health-related quality of life and economic evaluations.

My colleagues and I are particularly interested in the evaluation of policies and alternative care delivery strategies to improve the quality and efficiency of care in diabetes. Our research has been influential in the development of clinical practice guidelines and health policies related to diabetes care, locally, nationally and internationally.

I received a B.S.P. with Distinction in 1988 and a M.Sc. in clinical pharmacy/ pharmacoepidemiology in 1994, both from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. I received a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from The University of Arizona in 1996, majoring in pharmaceutical economics.

 

Selected Publications

 

Johnson JA, Pohar, SL, Majumdar SR. Health care use and costs in the decade after identification of type 1 and type 2 diabetes: a population-based study. Diabetes Care 2006;29:2403-2408.

 

Johnson JA, Eurich DT, Toth EL, Lewanczuk RZ, Lee TK, Majumdar SR. Generalizability and persistence of a multifaceted intervention for improving quality of care for rural patients with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care 2005;28:783-788.

 

Johnson JA, Vermeulen SU, Toth EL, Hemmelgarn BR, Ralph-Campbell BA, Hugel G, King M, Crowshoe L. Increasing incidence and prevalence of diabetes among the Status Aboriginal population in urban and rural Alberta, 1995-2006. Can J Pub Health 2009;100(3):231-36.

 

Bowker SL, Yasui Y, Veugelers P, Johnson JA.  Glucose-lowering therapies and cancer mortality rates in type 2 diabetes: assessing effects of time-varying exposure.  Diabetologia 2010;53:1631-1637. 

 

Johnson JA, Bowker SL.  Intensive glycemic control and cancer risk in type 2 diabetes: A meta-analysis of major trials.  Diabetologia 2011;54:25-31.

 

Johnson JA, Bowker SL, Richardson K, Marra C. Time-varying incidence of cancer after the onset of type 2 diabetes: Evidence of potential detection bias. Diabetologia 2011 54(9):2263-71.

 

Trainees

 

Calypse Agborsangaya, Post Doctoral Fellow, Research Area:  Diabetes and Multimorbidity: determinants and outcomes

 

Darren Lau, PhD Candidate, Research Area:  Diabetes and Influenza

 

Robin Lau, PhD Student, Research Area:  Economics of Diabetes Care

 

Jongnam Hwang, PhD Candidate, Research Area:  Health Disparities in the Diabetic Population

 

Fatima Al-Sayah, PhD Candidate, Research Area:  Health Literacy and Health Outcomes in Type 2 Diabetes

 

Websites of Interest

ACHORD

Alberta Diabetes Surveillance System

Interactive ADSS

School of Public Health