Norbert Freinkel Lecture Award
Peter Damm, MD
Peter Damm, MD, from Copenhagen, Denmark, received the American Diabetes Association’s prestigious 2011 Norbert Freinkel Lecture Award. The award was presented at the Association’s 71st Scientific Sessions in San Diego, California.
The Norbert Freinkel Lecture 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.
Currently the head of the Center for Pregnant Women with Diabetes and professor in obstetrics, University of Copenhagen; consultant at the Obstetric Clinic at the Juliane Marie Centre, Rigshospitalet; and instructor at the Danish Midwifery School, Copenhagen, Denmark, Damm is a prolific researcher, publishing on pregnancy outcomes and therapy in gestational, type 1, and type 2 diabetes. Topics of his papers include preeclampsia, stillbirth, rooming-in and neonatal morbidity, progression of retinopathy and nephropathy, transfer of insulin analogs across the placenta, breastfeeding, and early antihypertensive treatment during pregnancy.
Damm conducts clinical studies on women with diabetes during pregnancy, and on the long-term follow-up of women with a history of gestational diabetes and their offspring, collaborating with experts in nutrition, genetics, and epidemiology. He has chaired the European Society for the Study of Diabetes and Pregnancy, and has trained or supervised 10 or more graduating research faculty in OB-GYN.