Dr. Jan Hux is the Chief Science Officer at Diabetes Canada. She is a clinician-scientist, trained as a general internist and health services researcher. She holds an MD from University of Toronto and a Masters in Epidemiology from Harvard. For 20 years, she held a variety of research and executive roles at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Ontario, where she was responsible for developing and leading the diabetes health services research portfolio. She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications.
In her role at Diabetes Canada, she facilitates strategic collaboration in research funding as well as actively supporting knowledge translation to the board range of diabetes audiences.
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Health and Wellness
Training and Development
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Areas of Expertise (7)
End Stage Renal Disease
Harvard School of Public Health: S.M., Epidemiology 1994
University of Toronto: M.D., Medicine 1989
The University of Western Ontario: M.Sc., Organometallic Photochemistry 1987
The University of Western Ontario: B.Sc., Chemistry 1979
- University of Toronto, Departments of Medicine and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation : Adjunct Professor
- ICES : Adjunct Scientist
Media Appearances (7)
Diabetes can have a direct and costly impact in the workplace
Regina Leader Post print
“Encouraging healthy options can also really make a contribution to making it easier for people living with diabetes to manage and also reducing the risk for those who are at risk,” she said. Hux said it is important for employers to realize they need to work to support employees living with diabetes, because in the long run it will pay off.
Major health-focused charities advocate for Canada-wide prescription drug plan
Yahoo Canada online
“Pharmacare is particularly important for people with diabetes because they require medication to control their disease and to prevent the risk of downstream complications,” says the Canadian Diabetes Association’s chief science officer Jan Hux, referring to conditions such as kidney failure, stroke, blindness and amputation. “Being able to take medications as prescribed is a really important way to prevent those complications.”
Sugary Drink Tax
CTV Morning Live Ottawa tv
The Canadian Diabetes Association wants to introduce a tax on sugary drinks because of the clear connection between high consumption of these drinks and the development of type 2 diabetes.
CBC News tv
CBC News speaks with Dr. Jan Hux, chief science officer for the Canadian Diabetes Association, about new sugar guidelines announced by the World Health Organization.
Opinion: It shouldn’t matter where you go to school, but for kids with diabetes, it does
Montreal Gazette print
For parents of kids with diabetes, the beginning of each new school year brings not only the usual preparations, but also fears for their child’s health and safety. This is especially true if their school or school district does not have a policy to ensure staff are knowledgeable about diabetes, know how to prevent emergencies, and are able to assist students with daily diabetes tasks, when needed.
Does your partner have Type 2 diabetes? You might too: Canadian study
Global News online
Dr. Jan Hux, chief science officer of the Canadian Diabetes Association, says she wasn’t surprised by the findings. Couples tend to share one set of groceries, so they often have the same diet. If one member tends to spend more time in front of the TV, his or her partner could adopt the same lifestyle. They could also share the same levels of physical exercise...
Study shows high blood pressure during pregnancy is a risk for diabetes
The Toronto Star online
“After the birth of their child, (women) need to pay attention to their own future health risks and obtain the screening and treatment they need to manage those risks,” said Dr. Jan Hux, chief scientific advisor of the Canadian Diabetes Association, which funded the study. "If having had one of these conditions marks them as being higher-risk for diabetes, they need to get screened and they need to learn about and adopt lifestyle changes that will reduce their risk.”...
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Innovation in Diabetes Care: 90 Years and Beyond Toronto, Ontario
Trends in diabetes prevalence, incidence, and mortality in Ontario, Canada 1995–2005: a population-based studyThe Lancet
The prevalence of diabetes has been increasing greatly, but WHO's predicted 39% rise in the global rate of diabetes from 2000 to 2030 might be an underestimate. We aimed to assess diabetes trends in Ontario, Canada...
Thiazolidinediones and cardiovascular outcomes in older patients with diabetesJAMA
Objective: To explore the association between TZD therapy and congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, and mortality compared with treatment with other oral hypoglycemic agents. Design, Setting, and Patients Nested case-control analysis of a ...
Propensity score methods gave similar results to traditional regression modeling in observational studies: a systematic reviewJournal of Clinical Epidemiology
To determine whether adjusting for confounder bias in observational studies using propensity scores gives different results than using traditional regression modeling. METHODS: Medline and Embase were used to identify studies that described at least one ...
Quantifying the risk of infectious diseases for people with diabetesDiabetes Care
In vitro evidence shows that immune function is compromised in people with diabetes. Although certain rare infections are more common and infection-related mortality is higher, the risk of acquiring an infectious disease for diabetic patients has never been ...
Diabetes in Ontario Determination of prevalence and incidence using a validated administrative data algorithmDiabetes Care
Accurate information about the magnitude and distribution of diabetes can inform policy and support health care evaluation. We linked physician service claims (PSCs) and hospital discharge abstracts (HDAs) to determine diabetes prevalence and incidence. ...