2013 Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement Award

The 2013 Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement, the Association’s highest scientific award, recognizing significant, long-term contributions to the understanding treatment, or prevention of diabetes, has been given to Graeme I. Bell, PhD.  

Dr. Bell is currently the Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics and director of the Diabetes Research and Training Center at the University of Chicago.  Dr. Bell has contributed landmark research in diabetes, including cloning the human insulin cDNA and gene, and recently discovering that mutations in the insulin gene can cause MODY. His work in the molecular biology and genetics of diabetes has had an international impact and changed the field, not once but several times, and he is among the most cited investigators in the history of diabetes research.

Throughout his career, Dr. Bell has made his reagents, clones, and expertise freely available to other laboratories, without regard to competition. He is a leader in the international diabetes community, serving as a tireless reviewer of grants and manuscripts. He continues to couple high-impact scientific accomplishments with exemplary mentorship, and his trainees include past presidents of the American Diabetes Association and Chinese Diabetes Society.