Maria Rosario Araneta, PhD, Receives American Diabetes Association’s Vivian Fonseca Scholar Award

Alexandria, Virginia
June 4, 2014

Araneta to be Presented with Award at World’s Largest Diabetes Meeting

The American Diabetes Association (Association) will present the Vivian Fonseca Scholar Award to Maria Rosario Araneta, PhD. This award, given in memory of Mr. P. Nagendran and funded by a grant from Suku Nagendran, MD, and Anne Nagendran, promotes and recognizes diabetes research focused on South Asian or Asian American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander (AANHPI) populations and/or research by a scientist from South Asia or the AANHPI population. The researcher can be located anywhere in the world and can belong to any ethnic group. It recognizes the contributions of Vivian Fonseca, MD, the Association’s 2012 President, Medicine & Science, who in his years of volunteer service to the organization has been a mentor and role model to many researchers and clinicians. Dr. Araneta will be recognized with this honor at the Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions®, taking place June 13-17, 2014, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Dr. Araneta is Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Division of Epidemiology, at the University of California San Diego. She received her B.A. in Biology from UCSD, followed by both a MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from Yale University. 

Dr. Araneta is the Principal Investigator of the UCSD Filipino Health Study, the largest and oldest clinical study of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis among Filipinos in the United States. She is a co-investigator of the Rancho Bernardo Study where she leads ethnic disparities research in myriad health outcomes among Caucasians, African-Americans and Filipinos, and a study of regional fat distribution, adipocytokines and coronary artery calcium in this multi-ethnic cohort.  In addition, Dr. Araneta serves as the UCSD PI of the Practicing Restorative Yoga vs. Stretching for the Metabolic Syndrome (PRYSMS) Study. 

The Vivian Fonseca Scholar Award will be presented to Dr. Araneta on Saturday, June 14 at 8:00 a.m. at the Oral Session, “Hot Issues in the Epidemiology of Obesity and Diabetes.”  After receiving the award, Dr. Araneta will present her abstract, “Optimum BMI Cut Points to Screen Asian Americans for Type 2 Diabetes —The UCSD Filipino Health Study and the North Kohala Study.”

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 Scientific Sessions. 

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)