American Diabetes Association Announces Research Collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim

Alexandria, Virginia
March 24, 2014

The American Diabetes Association (Association) is pleased to announce The American Diabetes Association and Boehringer Ingelheim Research Award: Chronic Kidney Disease and Renal Insufficiency in the Setting of Diabetes, a three-year collaborative research program aimed at improving the evidence base for, and clinical care of, people with chronic kidney disease and diabetes. The research program is made possible through $1.5 million in funding from Boehringer Ingelheim and will be directed, managed and overseen by the Association.

“The American Diabetes Association is thrilled to join with Boehringer Ingelheim in the creation of The American Diabetes Association and Boehringer Ingelheim Award: Chronic Kidney Disease and Renal Insufficiency in the Setting of Diabetes research grants,” said Elizabeth R. Seaquist, MD, President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association. “Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, accounting for more than 40 percent of new cases. These awards will be critical in helping us better understand the issues surrounding the relationship between diabetes and chronic kidney disease, and how we can manage it better medically.”

The creation of the awards was announced as the Association was hosting a research consensus conference where attendees addressed a number of issues related to the topic of chronic kidney disease and renal insufficiency in the setting of diabetes. The conference featured presentations on the existing clinical evidence base, and included a moderated discussion which identified and prioritized critical gaps in the evidence and developed recommendations for the future research. Following these recommendations, a request for applications to support The American Diabetes Association and Boehringer Ingelheim Award: Chronic Kidney Disease and Renal Insufficiency in the Setting of Diabetes will be developed to address these evidence gaps.

“Chronic kidney disease is a major complication in people with diabetes and is associated with a significant burden for patients and health care systems,” said Hans-Jürgen Wörle, Vice President, Therapeutic Area Medicine Metabolism, Boehringer Ingelheim. “With support of this research program in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association, Boehringer Ingelheim hopes to advance the understanding and management of this devastating diabetes complication.”

Requests for applications for the awards will be announced in spring 2014.

Throughout the years, the Association has funded innovative and groundbreaking diabetes research and has invested approximately $675 million in more than 4,000 research projects. The Association's research allows people to lead healthier and more productive lives every day.

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)