Dr. David Lau is Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Diabetes, and President, Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons, and President of Obesity Canada. Dr. Lau is a practising endocrinologist who specializes in obesity diabetes, and lipid disorders. His research interests include fat cell biology in health and obesity, development of insulin resistance in obesity and diabetes, and cellular mechanisms of diabetic vascular complications. He is also involved in population health and clinical research programmes in diabetes, obesity and lipid disorders. Dr. Lau has published over 150 scientific papers in peer-reviewed medical journals, periodicals and books.
He was Chair of the evidence-based Obesity Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) Steering Committee and Expert Panel, and lead author of the 2007 CPG publication in the Can. Med. Assoc. Journal. Dr. Lau was an Expert Panel member of the 2013 evidence-based Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines (he also served as an expert member for the 1998, 2003, 2008 updates), and a member of the primary panel expert committee on the 2012 Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of dyslipidemia and prevention of cardiovascular disease in the adult as well as the expert panel of the 2009 Canadian Cardiovascular Society lipid guidelines.
Dr. Lau was honored as the top 20 notable Calgarians, and top 50 Albertans in 2004 for his exemplary contributions to improve the health of Albertans.