Seeking 100 Brilliant Researchers
With nearly 30 million adults and children in the U.S. living with diabetes, and another 86 million living with prediabetes, diabetes is a physical and financial burden for the health of the nation.
To accelerate the research needed to discover solutions and ultimately cure this deadly epidemic, the American Diabetes Association has launched a bold new program, Pathway to Stop Diabetes, an effort to inspire and support a new generation of diabetes researchers.
Individuals supported through this program will focus on innovative ideas and transformational approaches that lead to discoveries in diabetes prevention and treatment, and ultimately change the face of diabetes.
Investing in People, Not Projects
Our vision is simple yet revolutionary: find a new generation of brilliant scientists at the peak of their creativity, then provide them with the freedom, autonomy, and financial and professional resources to set them on the road to breakthrough discoveries.
We realize that it takes more than natural talent for young researchers to realize their full potential. It takes comprehensive support every step of the way. To make the career commitment to diabetes research attractive, fulfilling and rewarding, Pathway to Stop Diabetes will provide that support in every way.
The trend in research today is to invest in a specific technology or pathology. But diabetes is a complex disease with multiple challenges in discovering prevention methods, treatment options and ultimately a cure. Pathway will instead focus on attracting the most creative and brilliant minds to diabetes research and then help them pursue their discoveries, in essence creating a human Pathway to transformative science.
With our concentration on finding top talent, our search will extend from individuals just starting their independent research careers to brilliant minds in all fields of research. And with good reason — the game-changing scientific breakthroughs of many Nobel laureates came from scientists early in their research careers or in areas that were not their original fields of research.
Funding 100 Pathway Scientists in the Next Decade
Our goal is to fund a minimum of 100 brilliant researchers in the next ten years, establishing a notable assembly of outstanding scientists that will bring unparalleled prestige to the program and attract an ever-increasing talent pool from which to identify future candidates.
The initial power of Pathway to Stop Diabetes will undoubtedly be the funding — the one, vital key for innovative scientists. Quickly, however, the program's effect will become much bigger. Brilliant scientists will collaborate, learn from leaders in their fields, and have the freedom to pursue innovation, bringing important progress and transformative change to diabetes detection, prevention, treatment and cures. Pathway to Stop Diabetes will be a model for launching and accelerating brilliant scientific careers.