SOURCE: American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association

April 23, 2014 13:05 ET

William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE, Receives American Diabetes Association's Richard R. Rubin Award Lecture

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

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwired - Apr 23, 2014) - The American Diabetes Association will present the Richard R. Rubin Award to William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE. This award recognizes a behavioral researcher who has made outstanding and/or innovative contributions in the study and understanding of behavioral aspects of diabetes. Dr. Polonsky 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 an associate clinical professor at the University of California in San Diego, Dr. Polonsky brings much needed awareness of the behavioral and psychosocial aspects of diabetes. He is committed to behavioral research in diabetes that has real-life applications, explaining barriers to effective self-care and identifying practical interventions that improve self-care behaviors and quality of life.

In 2003, Dr. Polonsky founded the Behavioral Diabetes Institute (BDI) to address unmet needs in the emotional and behavioral aspects of diabetes. The BDI conducts innovative research to increase the knowledge base in behavioral aspects of diabetes and develop achievable clinical interventions; provides affordable, evidence-based clinical interventions to those who are struggling with diabetes; and educates healthcare professionals on the emotional aspects of diabetes.

Dr. Polonsky will give the Behavioral Medicine and Psychology Distinguished Contributions Award Lecture, "Changing the Conversation in Behavioral Diabetes: Important Lessons My Patients Have Taught Me," on Saturday, June 14, 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 Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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