ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwired - Apr 23, 2014) - The American Diabetes Association will award the prestigious Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement Award to Daniel J. Drucker, MD. This award for scientific excellence recognizes significant, long-term contributions to the understanding, treatment or prevention of diabetes. Dr. Drucker will be recognized with this honor at the Association's 74th Scientific Sessions®, taking place June 13-17, 2014, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Currently a professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a senior scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Dr. Drucker is known for his translational studies identifying fundamental aspects of gut hormone action, which supported the development of three novel classes of medicines for treating metabolic disorders.
Dr. Drucker's research encompasses molecular biology, physiology, drug discovery and clinical investigation, with a sustained focus on delineating novel mechanisms relevant to understanding efficacy and safety of peptide therapeutics and DPP-4 inhibitors. His scientific discoveries, described in 29 U.S. patents, supported the development of the GLP-1 receptor agonists and the DPP-4 inhibitors, as well as the first long-term treatment for parenteral nutrition-dependent short bowel syndrome (teduglutide). There are few living scientists whose investigations have had such enormous and directly translational impact. His research has benefitted millions of patients worldwide.
On Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Scientific Sessions, Dr. Drucker will present the Banting Lecture "Deciphering Metabolic Messages from the Gut Drives Therapeutic Innovation."
More than 14,000 top scientists, physicians and other health care professionals from around the world will share the latest cutting-edge research and learn the most up-to-date information on prevention, treatment and care, at the Association's Scientific Sessions taking place June 13-17, 2014.
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes® and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.