Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award
Martin G. Myers, Jr., MD, PhD
Martin G. Myers, Jr., MD, PhD, from Ann Arbor, Michigan received the American Diabetes Association’s prestigious 2010 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award. The award was presented at the Association’s 70th Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida.
The Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award recognizes outstanding scientific achievement in the field of diabetes, taking into consideration independence of thought and originality.
Currently the Marilyn H. Vincent Professor of Diabetes Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Associate Professor in internal medicine, and in molecular and integrative physiology at the
University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Myers began his impressive track record in diabetes research as a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Morris White at the Joslin Diabetes Center/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. There, Dr. Myers deciphered many of the insulin signaling pathways engaged by IRS-proteins.
Following his graduation from the Harvard MD-PhD program in 1997, Dr. Myers was promoted to instructor in medicine at Joslin/Harvard. He began his independent work by building a molecular framework for understanding the mechanisms of leptin signaling, including how individual phosphorylation sites on the leptin receptor recruit distinct signaling molecules. He was promoted to assistant professor at Harvard in 1999.
In 2004, Dr. Myers moved to the University of Michigan, where he built upon the molecular framework of leptin signaling to probe the regulation of metabolism by individual leptin signals. Dr. Myers’ laboratory revealed the specificity of leptin signals in metabolic control, including the role for leptin-STAT 3 signaling in the regulation of energy balance and glucose homeostasis. His group also defined roles for leptin receptor feedback inhibition and hypothalamic mTor signaling in metabolism. Recently, Dr. Myers’ lab developed novel molecular approaches to elucidate the leptin-regulated brain circuits that contribute to metabolic control, enabling the discovery of novel brain systems and their functions.
Dr. Myers received early recognition for his scientific abilities from the American Diabetes Association, receiving a Career Development Award in 1998. Dr. Myers’ current support includes a NIDDK MERIT Award. The Myers lab continues to discover mechanisms of leptin action at the level of cellular signals and neural circuitry.