Daniel Winer, MD, FRCPC

The goal of our laboratory is to better understand how the immune system influences physiological processes and contributes to disease, with the aim of using this information to develop new translational diagnostics and therapeutics, including preventative vaccination strategies.

Inflammation and adaptive Immunity in insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

Our primary research focus is to elucidate immune mediated pathways governing obesity related insulin resistance. Obesity and its major complications, including insulin resistance, are a major global cause of morbidity and mortality, and have reached epidemic proportions. Evidence is mounting that a significant contributing cause of insulin resistance is chronic inflammation in visceral adipose tissue (VAT). This inflammation was initially thought to be driven solely by macrophages of the innate immune system attracted to dying adipocytes in fat. Recently, in collaboration with the Hospital for Sick Children and Stanford University, we have demonstrated that the adaptive immune system, including T cells, B cells and the antibodies they produce, play a significant and active role in regulating this process. This work has introduced a new " autoimmune" component to obesity related insulin resistance, and has led to new ways in thinking about metabolic disease. We continue to investigate immune mediated mechanisms in obesity and diabetes with the aim of translating our findings to help the many people afflicted by these diseases.
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Nat Commun. 2019 Aug 13;10(1):3650
Luck H, Khan S, Kim JH, Copeland JK, Revelo XS, Tsai S, Chakraborty M, Cheng K, Tao Chan Y, Nøhr MK, Clemente-Casares X, Perry MC, Ghazarian M, Lei H, Lin YH, Coburn B, Okrainec A, Jackson T, Poutanen S, Gaisano H, Allard JP, Guttman DS, Conner ME,...
Cell. 2019 Apr 04;177(2):492-493
Rojas OL, Pröbstel AK, Porfilio EA, Wang AA, Charabati M, Sun T, Lee DSW, Galicia G, Ramaglia V, Ward LA, Leung LYT, Najafi G, Khaleghi K, Garcillán B, Li A, Besla R, Naouar I, Cao EY, Chiaranunt P, Burrows K, Robinson HG, Allanach JR, Yam J, Luck H,...
Int J Obes (Lond). 2019 Apr 03;:
Lin YH, Luck H, Khan S, Schneeberger PHH, Tsai S, Clemente-Casares X, Lei H, Leu YL, Chan YT, Chen HY, Yang SH, Coburn B, Winer S, Winer DA
Cell Metab. 2019 Apr 02;29(4):787-789
Tsai S, Winer S, Winer DA
Cell. 2018 Dec 21;:
Rojas OL, Pröbstel AK, Porfilio EA, Wang AA, Charabati M, Sun T, Lee DSW, Galicia G, Ramaglia V, Ward LA, Leung LYT, Najafi G, Khaleghi K, Garcillán B, Li A, Besla R, Naouar I, Cao EY, Chiaranunt P, Burrows K, Robinson HG, Allanach JR, Yam J, Luck H,...
Am J Pathol. 2018 Sep 28;:
Zhang Y, Thai K, Kepecs DM, Winer D, Gilbert RE
Cell Metab. 2018 Aug 22;:
Tsai S, Clemente-Casares X, Zhou AC, Lei H, Ahn JJ, Chan YT, Choi O, Luck H, Woo M, Dunn SE, Engleman EG, Watts TH, Winer S, Winer DA
Obesity (Silver Spring). 2018 Feb 06;:
Song Z, Revelo X, Shao W, Tian L, Zeng K, Lei H, Sun HS, Woo M, Winer D, Jin T
Sci Rep. 2017 Aug 09;7(1):7653
Desai HR, Sivasubramaniyam T, Revelo XS, Schroer SA, Luk CT, Rikkala PR, Metherel AH, Dodington DW, Park YJ, Kim MJ, Rapps JA, Besla R, Robbins CS, Wagner KU, Bazinet RP, Winer DA, Woo M
Cancer Res. 2017 Jun 13;:
Kenkel JA, Tseng WW, Davidson MG, Tolentino L, Choi O, Bhattacharya N, Seeley ES, Winer D, Reticker-Flynn NE, Engleman EG

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Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto​