American Diabetes Association Announces Eight Recipients of National Scientific and Health Care Achievement Awards


Michelle Kirkwood

Alexandria, Virginia
April 26, 2016

Top researchers, clinicians and educators will be recognized at the 76th Scientific Sessions for their outstanding leadership and work to advance diabetes research, prevention, care and treatment

The American Diabetes Association (Association), the nation's leading voluntary health organization committed to advancing the research, prevention, care and treatment of diabetes, is proud to announce this year's eight recipients of the Association's National Scientific and Health Care Achievement awards. Individually and collectively, their exemplary leadership, mentorship and many achievements have advanced the field of diabetes care and improved health outcomes for people with diabetes.

The following leaders will be recognized and receive their awards at the Association's 76th Scientific Sessions, June 10-14, 2016 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Several award winners will present award lectures, as noted.

Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement
Barbara B. Kahn, MD
George Minot Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston
Vice Chair for Research Strategy, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
Banting Medal Lecture: Adipose Tissue, Inter-Organ Communication and the Path to T2D, Sunday, June 12

Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award
Tamas L. Horvath, DVM, PhD
Jean and David W. Wallace Professor of Biomedical Research, Chair and Professor of Comparative Medicine, Professor of Neurobiology and Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Director of the Program in Integrative Cell Signaling and Neurobiology of Metabolism, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.
Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award Lecture: Hunger-promoting Hypothalamic Neurons Control Systemic Metabolism and Drive Complex Behaviors and Longevity, Monday, June 13

Albert Renold Award
Gordon C. Weir, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston
Co-Head, Section on Islet Cell and Regenerative Biology, Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston

Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Diabetes Research Award
Steven E. Kahn, MD, ChB
Professor and Leonard L. Wright and Marjorie C. Wright Chair, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition, and Director of the Diabetes Research Center at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award
Sheri R. Colberg-Ochs, PhD, FACSM
Professor of Exercise Science, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia
Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award Lecture: From Froot Loops® to Fitness—My Journey as an Educator and PWD, Saturday, June 11

Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes Award
Mayer B. Davidson, MD
Professor of Medicine, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

Harold Rifkin Award for Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes
Yutaka Seino, MD, PhD
President, Kansai Electric Power Hospital, Director General, Kansai Electric Power Medical Research Institute, and Emeritus Professor of Kyoto University, Japan

Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology
Edward W. Gregg, PhD
Captain, U.S. Public Health Service, Chief of the Epidemiology and Statistics Branch in the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta
Kelly West Award Lecture: The Changing Tides of the Diabetes Epidemic—Smooth Sailing or Troubled Waters Ahead?, Sunday, June 12

The American Diabetes Association's (Association) 76th Scientific Sessions, to be held June 10-14, 2016, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, is the world's largest scientific meeting focused on diabetes. The 2016 Scientific Sessions is expected to attract more than 16,000 attendees and offers researchers and health care professionals from around the world the opportunity to share ideas and learn about the significant advances in diabetes research, treatment and care. During the five-day meeting, attendees receive access to more than 2,500 original research presentations, participate in provocative and engaging exchanges with leading diabetes experts, and can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) or Continuing Education (CE) credits. The program is grouped into eight interest areas: Acute and Chronic Complications; Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Education and Exercise; Clinical Diabetes/Therapeutics; Epidemiology/Genetics; Immunology/Transplantation; Insulin Action/Molecular Metabolism; Integrated Physiology/Obesity; and Islet Biology/Insulin Secretion. Margaret A. Powers, PhD, RD, CDE, President of Health Care and Education, will deliver her address on Saturday, June 11, and Desmond Schatz, MD, President of Medicine and Science, will present his address on Sunday, June 12. The top eight abstracts of this year's Scientific Sessions, including two Late-Breaking Abstracts, will be presented on Tuesday, June 14, in the Presidents Oral Session. In total, the 2016 Scientific Sessions includes 378 abstracts in 50 oral sessions, 2,021 poster presentations including 59 moderated poster discussions, and 335 published-only abstracts.

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)