Albert Renold Award
George S. Eisenbarth, MD, PhD
The 2012 Albert Renold Award has been given to George S. Eisenbarth, MD, PhD. Supported by an education grant from Merck, this award is presented to an individual whose career is distinguished by outstanding achievements in the training and mentorship of diabetes research scientists and the facilitation of diabetes research.
Dr. Eisenbarth is executive director of the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes at the University of Colorado. Dr. Eisenbarth has been a role model to the scientific community. He is known for his “stages” model of type 1 diabetes as a chronic autoimmune disease, pioneering the prediction of type 1 diabetes by combining analysis of multiple autoantibodies and metabolic function, and providing evidence that insulin is the primary autoimmune target.
He has mentored a generation of scientists, helping them become independent scientists, and they are now working on type 1 diabetes throughout the world. He has always encouraged his trainees, as well as other scientists in the field, to share data and collaborate, which promotes scientific progress.
Dr. Eisenbarth has established or inspired many important research initiatives, including the DAISY and European BABYDIAB studies. He has been instrumental in developing resources for the diabetes community, including the Human Biological Data Interchange DNA repository of type 1 diabetes families and the JDRF nPOD. His drive and vision for a world without type 1 diabetes will continue to advance the field for years to come.