SOURCE: American Diabetes Association

June 09, 2008 14:00 ET

American Diabetes Association Announces Awards to Leaders in the Field

Researchers, Clinicians and Educators Acknowledged for Their Accomplishments to Diabetes

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 9, 2008) - The American Diabetes Association, the nation's leading voluntary health organization in the fight against diabetes, announced today that several leading researchers, clinicians, and educators in the diabetes field were presented with awards at the organization's 68th Scientific Sessions, which runs through June 10.

--  Andrew JM Boulton, MD, FRCP, Manchester, UK
    Title: Professor, Manchester Diabetes Centre
    American Diabetes Association Award: Harold Rifkin Award for
    Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes
--  Ralph A. DeFronzo, MD, San Antonio, Texas
    Title: Professor of Medicine and Chief Diabetes Division, University of
    Texas Health Science Center
    American Diabetes Association Award: Banting Medal for Scientific
--  Jeffrey S. Flier, MD, Boston, Massachusetts
    Title: Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Caroline Shields Walker
    Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
    American Diabetes Association Award: Albert Renold Award
--  Markku Laakso, MD, PhD, Kuopio, Finland
    Title: Academy Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Kuopio
    and Kuopio University Hospital
    American Diabetes Association Award: Kelly West Award
--  David G. Marrero, PhD, Indianapolis, Indiana
    Title: Associate Director, Indiana University School of Medicine,
    Diabetes Prevention Center
    American Diabetes Association Award: Outstanding Educator in Diabetes
--  Anne L. Peters, MD, CDE, Beverly Hills, California
    Title: Director, USC Clinical Diabetes Programs, Professor, USC Keck
    School of Medicine
    American Diabetes Association Award: Outstanding Physician Clinician
--  Matthias G. von Herrath, MD, La Jolla, California
    Title: Professor, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology
    American Diabetes Association Award: Outstanding Scientific Achievement

Complete information, including biographies, photographs, and award descriptions can be found at

More than 13,000 top scientists, physicians and other health care professionals from around the world shared cutting-edge research, treatment recommendations and advances toward a cure for diabetes at the Association's 68th Scientific Sessions in San Francisco, CA.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body's ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. Nearly 21 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. An additional 54 million have pre-diabetes. Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death by disease in the United States and it has no cure.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's premier voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. The Association's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association provides services to hundreds of communities across the country. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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