American Diabetes Association Announces Award Winners at 74th Scientific Sessions

Alexandria, Virginia
April 23, 2014

— Top researchers, clinicians and educators are recognized for their commitment to Stop Diabetes® —

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 16, at 10:15 a.m., at the Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions® taking place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. 

National Scientific & Health Care Achievement Award Recipients

Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement Award
Name: Daniel J. Drucker, MD
Title:   Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto; Senior Scientist, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto

Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award
Name: Joel K. Elmquist, DVM, PhD
Title:   Professor, Internal Medicine; Director, Division of Hypothalamic Research, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas

Albert Renold Award
Name: Edward S. Horton, MD
Title:   Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Senior Investigator, Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston

Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award
Name: Katie Weinger, EdD, RN, FAADE
Title:   Director, Center of Innovation in Diabetes Education, Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston; Investigator, Section on Clinical, Behavioral and Research Outcomes Research; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston

Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes Award
Name: Frank Q. Nuttall, MD, PhD
Title:   Chief, Endocrine, Metabolism and Nutrition Section, Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Director, Diabetes and the General Endocrine Clinics, Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Harold Rifkin Award for Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes
Name: Jaakko Tuomilehto, MD, MA, PhD
Title:   Professor of Public Health, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology
Name: Andrzej S. Krolewski, MD, PhD
Title:   Head, Section of Genetics and Epidemiology, Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston

Edwin Bierman Award
Name: Karin E. Bornfeldt, PhD
Title:   Professor of Medicine and Pathology, University of Washington, Seattle; Associate Director, Diabetes and Obesity Center of Excellence, Seattle; Deputy Director, Diabetes Research Center, Seattle

Norbert Frienkel Award
Name: Jacob E. Friedman, PhD
Title:   Professor, Reproductive Sciences, Pediatrics, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora; Director, Metabolism Core Laboratory for UC Denver, Nutrition and Obesity Research Center, Denver; Program Director, Colorado Obesity Research Initiative, Denver; Director, Colorado Program in Nutrition and Health Development, Colorado Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Denver

Roger Pecoraro Award
Name: William J. Jeffcoat, MRCP
Title:   Consultant, Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, England

Richard R. Rubin Award
Name: William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE
Title:   Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego; Founder and President, Behavioral Diabetes Institute, 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 13-17, 2014.

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)