2013 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award

The 2013 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award has been given to Jens C. Brüning, MD.

Supported by an educational grant from Lilly USA, LLC, this prestigious award is presented to a scientist, under the age of 50, who has made outstanding contributions to diabetes research, demonstrating a particular originality and independence of though.

Currently director of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Preventive Medicine at the University Hospital and director of the Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research, Cologne, Germany, Dr. Brüning has made an extraordinary number of contributions to our understanding of how hypothalamic systems control glucose homeostasis. His research has elucidated the function of specific hypothalamic neurons and revealed important mechanisms by which insulin and nutritional cues regulate these neurons and affect metabolism. His elegant studies have demonstrated roles for other signals in hypothalamic neurons for the genesis of obesity and diabetes, including the role of pathways involved in inflammatory and stress signaling.

Known for being open and helpful with his technologies and expertise, Dr. Brüning continues to make essential and pioneering contributions to diabetes research. Recently, Dr. Brüning’s laboratory made groundbreaking findings on an involvement of miRNAs and novel cytokine pathways in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance.