Transition Programs

SFBLF are grateful for the early collaborative support received from the Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University to conceive and shape the Transition Programs offered and funded by SFBLF.

The Department of Pediatrics organized and hosted the inaugural Lecture and Symposium in 2012 and repeated that support for the 2nd Annual Lecture and Symposium in 2013. Central to the success of these two events was the leadership provided by Dr, Lennox Huang, MD, FAAP, CPE, then Department Chair, and Dr. Christina Grant, MD, FRCPC and Dr. Jan Willem Gorter, MD, PhD, FRCPC.

Both events were held at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

The first two Legacy Transition Post-Doctoral Awards (2013 and 2014) were awarded to post-graduate students in the Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University.

The Annual Legacy Transition Lecture and Symposium are now held as part of the SFBLF Annual Banting Legacy Week celebrations in Alliston, Ontario, Canada.

Eligibility for consideration of the Post-Doctoral Award has been expanded to include graduate students.

The Annual Banting Legacy Scholarship to support a youth living with diabetes to pursue higher education was introduced by SFBLF in 2015.

The purpose of this group of programs is to help increase awareness and build capacity in the system to enhance the support available for youth living with diabetes to effectively meet their transition challenges as they move from the paediatric to adult healthcare system.

* Annual Banting Legacy Transition Lecture series. Public lectures by internationally recognized experts with a particular focus on transition issues facing youth with diabetes. Inaugural lecture (2012) by 2 members of the Maestro Project, Univ of Manitoba; (2013) by Dr. Carl Cooley, former co-Chair Got Transition team, US NIH; (2014) by Shivani Goyal, Ph.D. candidate, Centre for Global e-Health Innovation, UHN, U of T; (2015) Dr. Margaret Hahn, MD, Ph.D., FRCPC, Dept of Psychiatry, U of T and CAMH (Toronto)

* Annual Banting Legacy Transition Symposium. Participation by invitation, involves healthcare professionals and is focused on seeking clinical innovation and process improvement to ease the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare for youth living with diabetes. Inaugural 2012 focused on identifying a clinical innovation agenda for SFBLF; 2013 involved presentations by 6 young researchers; 2014 explored related needs specific to our ‘region’; 2015 reported findings of our 2014/15 survey of HCPs regarding training ‘gaps’ for mental health issues arising in youth living with diabetes. Dr. Khush Amaria, PhD, C.Psych, Team Lead for the Good 2 Go Transition Program at the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto) was the keynote speaker for the Symposium, Other guest speakers were Barbara Pasternak, President and founder of the Diabetes Hope Foundation (Mississauga) and Lori Johnson, President and founder of the Sweet Charity foundation (Barrie).

* Annual Banting Legacy Transition Graduate or Post-Doctoral Award. This award is currently offered to post-doctoral students to pursue and share knowledge about the ‘transition’ challenges with other expert teams located in Canada or the USA. The Award is now being made available also to Graduate students.

* Annual Banting Legacy Scholarship awarded to a youth living with diabetes to help further their post-secondary education.

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