Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award
David Altshuler, MD, PhD
The 2012 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award has been given to David Altshuler, MD, PhD. Supported by an educational grant from Lilly Diabetes, this prestigious award recognizes research in diabetes that demonstrates particular independence of thought and originality.
Dr. Altshuler is deputy director and chief academic officer of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, in Cambridge, MA. He is professor of genetics and medicine at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.
A clinically trained endocrinologist, Dr. Altshuler has been a pioneer in the modern era of human genetics research, including leadership in The SNP Consortium, International HapMap, and 1000 Genomes projects. He has pioneered the application of genomics to the common form of type 2 diabetes, identifying dozens of novel loci influencing risk of type 2 diabetes, myocardial infarction, lipids, and glycemic traits. Going forward, his focus is on using next-generation sequencing to identify rare mutations that may illuminate function, and identifying the pathophysiological role of these novel genetic risk factors, both with the long-term goal of identifying new targets for prevention and therapy.
In addition to his scientific accomplishments, Dr. Altshuler has been a leader in forging a new culture of collaboration in the fields of genetics and diabetes, all with his characteristic energy and enthusiasm.