SOURCE: American Diabetes Association

April 23, 2014 13:08 ET

Joel K. Elmquist, DVM, PhD, Receives American Diabetes Association's Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award

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

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwired - Apr 23, 2014) - The American Diabetes Association will present the Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award to Joel K. Elmquist, DVM, PhD. Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Lilly USA, LLC, this prestigious award recognizes research in diabetes that demonstrates particular independence of thought and originality. Dr. Elmquist 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 the Maclin Family Distinguished Professor in Medical Science, in honor of Dr. Roy A. Brinkley, and the Carl H. Westcott Distinguished Chair in Medical Research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Elmquist has made outstanding contributions identifying sites in the brain that underlie the coordinated control of food intake and body weight, as well as glucose and carbohydrate metabolism. The work of his laboratory has helped shape the entire field of central regulation of energy homeostatis.

Dr. Elmquist's contributions to the understanding of central leptin and serotonin signaling and the neural circuits that regulate glucose metabolism were a leap forward for the field of diabetes research. His findings are timely, as over the past decade it has become clear that while abnormalities in peripheral tissues contribute to the pathogenesis of obesity and type 2 diabetes, these effects are in part due to dysregulation of key pathways in the brain.

Dr. Elmquist will give the Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award Lecture, "Claude Bernard Was Right: Brain Control of Glucose Homeostasis," on Monday, June 16, 2014, 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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