American Diabetes Association Announces Award Winners at 73rd Scientific Sessions

June 17, 2013

The American Diabetes Association, the nation’s leading voluntary health organization in the fight to Stop Diabetes®, is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the National Scientific & Health Care Achievement Awards.

The following leaders will receive their awards on Monday, June 24, at 10:15 a.m., at the Association’s 73rd Scientific Sessions® taking place at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. 

National Scientific & Health Care Achievement Award Recipients

Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement
Name: Graeme I. Bell, PhD
Title:   Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor, Departments of Medicine and Human Genetics; Director of the Diabetes Research Training Center, University of Chicago, Chicago

Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award

Name: Jens C. Brüning, MD
Title:   Director, Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Preventive Medicine, Institute of Genetics, University of Cologne; Directory, Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research, Cologne, Germany

Albert Renold Award

Name: Peter H. Bennett, MB, ChB, FRCP, FFPH
Title:   Scientist Emeritus, Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch, National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Phoenix

Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award

Name: Ann L. Albright, PhD, RD
Title:   Director, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta

Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes Award
Name: Guillermo Umpierrez, MD, FACP, FACE
Title:   Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta 

Harold Rifkin
Award for Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes
Name: Graham Ogle, MBBS, FRACP
Title:   General Manager, International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Life for a Child Program, North Epping, Australia

Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology

Name: Edward J. Boyko, MD, MPH
Title:   Staff Physician, Veteran Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle; Professor, Department of Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle 

Behavioral Medicine and Psychology Interest Group Award Lecture for Distinguished Contributions

Name: Margaret Grey, DrPH, RN, FAAN
Title:   Dean and Annie Goodrich Professor, Yale School of Nursing, Yale University, New Haven, Conn. 

Norbert Frienkel Award Lecture

Name: Caroline Anne Crowther, MD, FRANZCOG, FRCOG, CMFM
Title:   Professor of Maternal & Perinatal Health, Liggins Institute, University of Auckland; Clinical Director, Australian Research Centre for Health of Women and Babies, The University of Adelaide, South Australia

Roger Pecoraro Award Lecture

Name: Christopher E. Attinger, MD, FACS
Title:   Professor, Departments of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery; Chief, Division of Wound Healing, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C. 

Edwin Bierman Award Lecture

Name: Joseph L. Witztum, MD
Title:   Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego

More than 14,000 top scientists, physicians and other health care professionals from around the world will share the latest cutting-edge research and learn the most up-to-date information on prevention, treatment and care, at the Association's Scientific Sessions taking place June 21-25, 2013. 

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)