The British Columbia Endocrine Research Foundation (BCERF) is a not-for-profit charitable foundation. Our mandate is to support new, innovative research and education programs that will lead to improvements in treatment of endocrine diseases, such as diabetes and other conditions in which the normal function of endocrine systems is disrupted. BCERF supports research, education and patient care throughout the Province of British Columbia, Canada.
We fulfill a unique position in the spectrum of research funding, helping to launch truly novel programs that might otherwise go unnoticed by larger funding agencies. This model has been very effective, leading to numerous programs that provide invaluable aid to populations living with burdensome endocrine diseases.
Some of these programs include:
- The Live Well with Diabetes project, supported by the BCERF, provides extensive educational material for people with diabetes in a variety of languages and different cultural backgrounds.
- The BCERF supports educational activities for Endocrinologists in training at the University of British Columbia.
- Support for specialized research programs, including
- Diabetes Research providing new ways to educate people with diabetes and to provide them with innovative tools to help in the self-management their condition
- Islet Transplant Research addressing the need to remediate loss of insulin-producing cells in people with diabetes. This program searches for ways to insert functional insulin-producing cells into the liver to replace this function in people with Type 1 diabetes.
- Pituitary Research involving hormones of the pituitary gland, including growth hormone (acromegaly) and adrenocorticotropic hormone (Cushing’s disease).
- Lipid Research involves the study of cholesterol and its clinical effects, including atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
- CEMCOR The Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research is an accessible research centre with a mandate to distribute information directly to women about changes through the life cycle, from adolescence to menopause. CEMCOR’S goal is to do good science that honours the voices and experiences of women. It is the only centre in North America that focuses on ovulation and the causes for and consequences of ovulation disturbances.
- Fellowship Research in which Endocrinology residents (fellows) are expected to actively participate in research. The purpose is to encourage independent inquiry and expose fellows to academic medicine.
- Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone disease Osteoporosis is a disease where increased bone weakness increases the risk of a broken bone. Bone loss increases after menopause due to lower levels of estrogen.