Scientific Director, Lawson Health Research Institute
Professor, Departments of Medicine, Physiology and Pharmacology, Western University
Dr. David Hill is the Scientific Director of the Lawson Health Research Institute, one of Canada’s largest hospital-based research institutes. He holds the Lawson Professorship in Diabetes Research and is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Physiology and Pharmacology, at Western University.
Educated at the University of Nottingham and Worcester College, University of Oxford, Dr. Hill has published over 200 scientific papers and maintains an active program in diabetes research and stem cell biology. His research centres on the generation of new insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas as a strategy for the reversal of diabetes as well as the linkage of low birth weight to an increased risk of diabetes in later life and how environmental factors, such as nutrition, might trigger or protect against diabetes.
Dr. Hill has previously served as Chair for both Research Canada and the National Board of the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA). He is also a member and Past Board Chair of the Diabetic Pregnancy Study Group (DPSG), an affiliate of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. He is currently Co-Chair of the HealthCareCAN VP Research Committee, a member of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario Research Committee, and a Board member of Research Canada. Dr. Hill is a recipient of the CDA’s Frederick G. Banting Award and the Medal of the Society for Endocrinology from the UK. Further, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS) in 2011.