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About Lori Berard

As a registered nurse and a Certified Diabetes Educator, Lori Berard is the Nurse Manager at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg Diabetes Research Group Clinical Research Program, and a Faculty Member of the University of Manitoba Department of Medicine Section of Endocrinology. She currently specializes in the education and clinical management of diabetes patients within clinical research programs, and is active in the development of education programs related to innovative and new diabetes management therapies. Her research interests are in the areas of self-management education, barriers to adherence, insulin therapy and self monitoring of blood glucose. Lori has been a member of the Canadian Diabetes Association for over 20 years and continues to be a major volunteer in many capacities at both the local and national level. She was honoured with the Diabetes Educator of the Year Award in 2009.

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