Speakers’ full biography

Alanna Chambers

Alanna Chambers, RD, CDE

Independent Insulin Pump Trainer & Diabetes Educator

Alanna Chambers is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator from Kelowna, BC who brings passion to her work in the type 1 diabetes space.

She is currently focussing her time on community insulin pump and sensor trainings, while also working casually at the Central Okanagan Diabetes Centre. She has been enjoying tackling the ‘ins-and-outs’ of the latest technology advances in diabetes. Previously, she spent nearly 10 years working in the insulin pump industry and also enjoyed volunteer work at Diabetes Summer Camps, and being on staff with numerous Children with Diabetes conferences. She enjoys blending her professional and personal experiences in type 1 diabetes to try to make a difference. She has 3 young girls who keep her on her toes at home!

Alice Cheng, MD, FRCPC

Credit Valley Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Dept of Medicine, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON

Dr. Cheng is a member of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga and St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She completed medical school, internal medicine and Endocrinology training at the University of Toronto and has completed the Master Teacher Program offered through the Department of Medicine. She has served on the Expert Committee for the 2003 Diabetes Canada clinical practice guidelines, the Steering and Expert Committees for the 2008 revision and served as Chair of the 2013 Diabetes Canada clinical practice guidelines. She is currently the Chair of the Professional Section of Diabetes Canada and an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Diabetes. She is Past-Chair of the Guidelines Committee for the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism. She has received a Certificate of Recognition from the Ontario College of Family Physicians, the national Charles H. Best Award and the Gerald S. Wong Service Award from Diabetes Canada in recognition of her contributions.

Jeremy Gilbert, MD, FRCPC

Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Endocrinology and Metabolism, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON

Dr. Jeremy Gilbert completed his medical degree, internal medicine training and endocrinology residency at the University of Toronto. He was a clinical associate at the University Health Network for 18 months before becoming an active staff member of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He attends on the clinical teaching unit for internal medicine 3 months per year. He also attends on the endocrinology consulting service and has a growing outpatient practice. He is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto.

Jeremy is on the executive committee of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Department of Medicine Practice Plan and Medical-Dental-Midwifery Staff Association. He is the faculty advisor for the residents’ council for the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is an executive member of The Banting and Best Diabetes Care and Education Committee and Toronto Diabetes Association. He has just been appointed the new endocrinology lead for the Toronto Central Regional Coordination Centre as part of the Ontario Diabetes Strategy.

Jeremy shows great enthusiasm for teaching. His area of academic interest is undergraduate and postgraduate education in general internal medicine and endocrinology and metabolism. He is the education site director for endocrinology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center. Jeremy is on the residency training committee for the department of medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and is on the postgraduate endocrinology education committee at the University of Toronto. He has completed the Master Teacher program at the University of Toronto. He is the recipient of the 2010 Young Teacher Award through the department of medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center and the 2011 George Frum Award for postgraduate endocrinology teaching at the University of Toronto.

He has a special clinical interest in patients with diabetes and its complications as well as diabetes in pregnancy. His passion for teaching is making Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre a popular place for endocrinology training. His collaboration with other medicine services, such as cardiology, nephrology and cardiovascular surgery is making a positive impact on diabetes care at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Ilana J Halperin, MD, FRCPC

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
University of Toronto

Ilana Halperin MD, MSc, FRCPC is a staff physician at Sunnybrook hospital and assistant professor at the University of Toronto. Dr. Halperin completed her MD at the University of Western Ontario, and her internal medicine and endocrinology training as well as an MSc in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the University of Toronto.

As the Quality and Innovation lead for the division of endocrinology she leads a group of physicians committed to improving quality and safety for inpatients and outpatients with diabetes and other endocrine diseases. Dr. Halperin has a large T1D practice and believes strongly in the potential for continuous glucose monitoring to improve diabetes-related outcomes and the experience of living with diabetes.


Endocrinologist, Fraser River Endocrinology, Surrey, BC

Dr. Akshay Jain is the first Canadian physician to be triple board-certified by the American Boards in Endocrinology, Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine.

He trained in Internal Medicine at Rochester, New York, where he became the only 4-time winner of the prestigious Rochester Academy of Medicine Award. He completed his Fellowship in Endocrinology at Harbor UCLA in Los Angeles, California. He holds the distinction of being the youngest physician to sit on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

He is currently the President of the Canadian Chapter of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He is also a columnist for Medscape.

He is also the first North American physician to win the prestigious Etzwiler Diabetes Scholarship at the International Diabetes Center and Mayo Clinic in MN, USA.

After a 2 year sabbatical in India to study the management of endocrine disorders and diabetes in the S. Asian population, he has recently moved to Surrey BC.

He is fluent in 6 languages including English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Marwari and Urdu.

Richard E. Pratley, MD

Medical Director at the AdventHealth Diabetes Institute
Senior Investigator, Diabetes Program Lead at the Translational Research Institute

Dr. Richard Pratley serves as the Samuel E. Crockett Chair in Diabetes Research, as well as Senior Investigator and Diabetes Program Lead, at the AdventHealth Translational Research Institute and Medical Director at the AdventHealth Diabetes Institute, both in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Pratley is an internationally recognized expert in diabetes and is board certified in internal medicine.

He received his MD from Wayne State University in Detroit and completed fellowships in geriatric medicine and gerontology at the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, and the National Institute on Aging. As a member of the American Diabetes Association, the European Association for the Study of Diabetes and The Obesity Society, Dr. Pratley continues his active involvement in the professional community.

He is on the editorial board for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, has served as a member of the editorial boards of Diabetes Care, The Lancet: Diabetes and Endocrinology, The Journal of Diabetes and its Complications and The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and acts as an ad hoc reviewer for many other journals. Dr. Pratley regularly presents at national and international meetings, has conducted numerous research studies on the pathogenesis, prevention and treatment of diabetes, and has published over 280 peer-reviewed articles on diabetes and its complications.

His current research interests include the prevention of diabetes, improving care for older persons with diabetes, developing new drugs to treat and prevent diabetes and its complications, and understanding the role of the fat cell in increasing the risk of diabetes and heart disease.