SOURCE: American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association

April 23, 2014 13:10 ET

Jacob E. Friedman, PhD, Receives American Diabetes Association's Norbert Freinkel Award Lecture

Friedman to Be Presented With Award at World's Largest Diabetes Meeting

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwired - Apr 23, 2014) - The American Diabetes Association (Association) will present the Norbert Freinkel Award Lecture to Jacob E. Friedman, PhD. This award is given in memory of Norbert Freinkel, a dedicated and insightful investigator as well as gifted writer, to honor a researcher who has made outstanding contributions, including scientific publications and presentations, to the understanding and treatment of diabetes and pregnancy. Dr. Friedman 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 reproductive sciences, pediatrics, biochemistry and molecular genetics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Friedman is one of the most renowned and influential researchers in the field of diabetes, obesity and insulin resistance in pregnancy. He has a particular interest in the intrauterine programming effect of these conditions on the risk of offspring obesity and metabolic disease. He has published more than 125 peer-reviewed papers.

Dr. Friedman is an investigator on multiple NIH, Association and Gates Foundation-funded basic, clinical and epidemiological studies of pregnancy, obesity and maternal-fetal outcomes. These studies aim to reduce the incidence of early-onset childhood obesity and diabetes. He has trained more than 31 postdoctoral students, fellows and graduate students, the majority of whom are now faculty in academic institutions.

Dr. Friedman will give the Norbert Freinkel Lecture "Gestational Diabetes and Pathways for Programming in Mouse, Monkey, and Man: Where Do We Go Next?"on Sunday, June 15, at Scientific Sessions.

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.

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