Lori Berard is the Nurse Manager at the WRHA Health Sciences Centre Diabetes Research Group and has spent 27 years working as a diabetes educator. She is a well-known speaker and presenter nationally as well as internationally. She volunteers locally and nationally for Diabetes Canada, including as the Chair of the National Diabetes Education Section, an executive member of the Clinical Practice Guideline Committee, Associate Editor for Canadian Journal of Diabetes, member of the National Research Council and recently chaired the CDA/Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Conference in Winnipeg.
Lori was honoured by Diabetes Canada with the Diabetes Educator of the Year Award for 2009, as well the Special Dedication Award in 2003, and in 2000 the Health Sciences Centre awarded her with the Award of Nursing Excellence. In 2015, Lori was honoured with Diabetes Canada’s Charles H. Best Award as a health-care professional who has made significant contributions nationally towards the quality of life of individuals affected by diabetes. A member of the executive committee for the Diabetes Canada’s 2008 Clinical Practice Guidelines, she was also a chapter author.
In her work as a certified diabetes educator, she specializes in the education and clinical management of patients within clinical research programs, and remains active in the development of educational programs related to innovative and new therapies in diabetes management.
She has published numerous works in peer-reviewed publications. Her areas of interest are innovative strategies for the management of diabetes, insulin therapy, self-monitoring of blood glucose and self-management education. She is an appointed member of the Section of Endocrinology Department of Medicine, University of Manitoba.
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Areas of Expertise (7)
Charles H. Best Award (professional)
Awarded by Diabetes Canada.
Diabetes Educator of the Year (professional)
Awarded by Diabetes Canada.
General Proficiency Award (professional)
Awarded by the Health Sciences Centre School of Nursing.
Award for Nursing Excellence (professional)
Awarded by the Health Sciences Centre.
Special Dedication Award (professional)
Awarded by the Diabetes Canada.
Canadian Diabetes Association: Certified Educator, Diabetes Education
Health Sciences Centre, School of Nursing: RN., Nursing
- National Research Council, Canadian Diabetes Association : Member
- Diabetes and Driving Working Group, Canadian Diabetes Association : Member
- Novo Nordisk, Inc. : DEVOTE Trial, Expert Panel Member
- University of Manitoba, Health Research Ethics Board : Member
- Journal of Diabetes Nursing, International Advisory Board : Member
- Forum for Injection Technique Canada : Chair
- Novo Nordisk, Inc. : LEADER Trail Co-Chair, Patient Retention Panel
- Novo Nordisk, Inc. : SUSTAIN Trial, National Trial Coordinator
- Winnipeg Regional Health Authority : Nurse Manager
- University of Manitoba, Faculty of Health Sciences : Faculty Member
- Diabetes Canada, Diabetes Education Sector : Chair
Media Appearances (3)
Thousands attend diabetes conference in Winnipeg
Global News online
“What people with diabetes should understand is that we’re all on the same page,” said Lori Berard, national conference coach.”We follow evidence based practice and we’re all working together to make sure that we make a difference in their lives.”...
Abbott's New FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Monitoring System with Insulin Calculator Now Available in Canada
Canada NewsWire online
"Insulin is a very important medication in the management of diabetes. While one of the most understood drugs available, if insulin is not dosed properly it can lead to serious consequences, most specifically hypoglycemia. Fear of hypoglycemia leads to hesitancy to follow suggested insulin dose adjustments for both patients and health care providers," said Lori Berard, RN CDE Nurse Manager at the Health Sciences Centre Diabetes Research Group Clinical Research Program, affiliated with the University of Manitoba...
Roche introduces new Accu-Chek Mobile glucose monitoring device
News Medical online
"For people who live with diabetes, there are many daily steps involved in managing their disease", says Lori Berard, RN CDE Nurse Manager at the University of Manitoba's Diabetes Research Center. For someone who has not had diabetes touch their lives, it may appear as though a blood glucose checking is a rather simplistic task, but it is rather complex...
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Taking Control of Diabetes: What's in your toolkit?
Seminar on Managing Diabetes Winnipeg, Manitoba
To gain insight into the current management of patients with type 2 diabetes
mellitus by Canadian primary care physicians. Method A total of 479 primary care physicians
from across Canada submitted data on 5123 type 2 diabetes patients whom they had ...
Glycated hemoglobin (A1C) is a valuable indicator of treatment effectiveness and should be
measured every 3 months when glycemic targets are not being met and when diabetes therapy
is being adjusted...
Forum for Injection Technique (FIT) Canada provides evidence-based best practice recommendations for people with diabetes who are using injectable therapies. Through these recommendations, people with diabetes can achieve the best possible health outcomes by ensuring that the correct dose of medication is delivered to the correct injection site, using the proper technique.
We explored the roles of sugar and fat intake as determinants of hepatic steatosis and visceral obesity in overweight adolescents at risk of type 2 diabetes.
An international survey and publication of injection recommendations raised interest in the area of injection technique (IT). A limitation for Canada was lack of Canadian data. A survey was undertaken to understand the current IT of tenadian population and to make appropriate revisions to the 2011 Canadian FIT recommendations.