Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award
Matthias H. Tschoep, MD
Matthias H. Tschoep, MD, from Cincinnati, Ohio, received the American Diabetes Association’s prestigious 2011 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award. The award was presented at the Association’s 71st Scientific Sessions in San Diego, California.
The Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award recognizes outstanding scientific achievement in the field of diabetes, taking into consideration independence of thought and originality.
Currently professor and the Arthur Russell Morgan Chair of Internal Medicine, and research director at the Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center, in the College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Tschoep is internationally recognized for his work on how gut hormones regulate metabolism, and for combining groundbreaking discovery with translational potential. A review of the breadth of his co-authors is a testament to his ability to build teams to advance science.
Early in his career, Tschoep reported on the orexigenic, adipogenic, and metabolic effects of ghrelin. This added a pathway to the model of body weight and glucose control and established a novel set of drug targets for the treatment of the metabolic syndrome. His report of the efficacy of a gut hormone co-agonist targeting GLP-1 and glucagon receptors to reduce body weight and improve glucose tolerance broke new ground a pointed to clinical approaches for the treatment of diabetes and obesity. Tschoep is also an influential voice explaining diabetes to the public, and describing the progress being made to improve lives.