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David Lau MD, PhD

MEMBER SINCE: May 01, 2006
LAST UPDATED: Feb 01, 2009

PROFILE: Dr. David Lau is a practicing endocrinologist who specializes in diabetes, obesity and lipid disorders. He is currently Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Chair of the Diabetes and Endocrine Research Group. Dr. Lau is also President of Obesity Canada, a not-for-profit organization aimed at improving the health of Canadians by reducing the occurrence of obesity through research, education and service.

Dr. Lau is a graduate of the University of Toronto and trained in internal medicine and endocrinology at Harvard Medical School and the University of Toronto. Dr. Lau was Head, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, at the University of Ottawa and the Ottawa Hospital from 1990 to 1999.

Dr. Lau’s current basic research interests include fat cell biology in health and obesity, development of insulin resistance in obesity and diabetes, and cellular mechanisms of diabetic vascular complications. He is also involved in population health and clinical research programs in diabetes and obesity, and lipid disorders in children and adults.

Dr. Lau has published over 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed medical journals, periodicals, and books. He lectures widely to practicing physicians and health professionals across the country and has received teaching awards for undergraduate medical students. He is also actively involved in giving public lectures and forums on diabetes, lipids and obesity.

Dr. Lau has also served as an expert panel member on the WHO-International Obesity Task Force, the 1998, 2003 and 2007 Can. Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) for the diagnosis and management of diabetes, and the 2003 Health Canada Guidelines for Body Weight Classification. Dr. Lau is currently a member of the expert panel committee on the 2007 CDA CPG update.

Dr. Lau is also chair of the Obesity Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines Expert Panel, which is actively involved in developing evidence-based CPG in the management and prevention of obesity in adults and children, which will be released in the fall of 2006.

In 2004, Dr. Lau was honored as the top 20 notable Calgarians, and top 50 Albertans for his contributions to health care and research related to obesity.

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Inst./Company University of Calgary
Dept. Medicine
Division Endocrinology and Metabolism
Position Professor
Province AB
Country Canada
Category Physician
Faculty Yes
Member Id# 737

David Lau


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