Research Award Winners

Joanna Hillman jhillman at edelman.com
Fri Jul 25 15:45:29 EST 1997

Diabetes Care Research Award Announced

Boehringer Mannheim and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International 
(JDFI) today presented the $100,000 Boehringer Mannheim/JDFI Diabetes 
Care Research Award to two U.S. researchers during the closing
of the International Diabetes Federation Congress.  The award was 
presented to Mike Mueckler, Ph.D., Washington University, and Gerald I. 
Shulman, M.D., Ph.D., Yale University.

Drs. Mueckler and Shulman have shed light on two important biological 
functions related to diabetes:  glucose transport and glucose
 Dr. Mueckler pioneered the identification and characterization of 
glucose transporter genes that are critical for the regulation of blood 
sugar levels.  Dr. Shulman has used nuclear magnetic resonance
to make the first real-time measurements of glycogen synthesis and its 
intermediate steps in human skeletal muscle in response to insulin.

Each year, award winners are selected by a panel of ten international 
diabetes thought leaders.  Other distinguished researchers honored
the 3-year history of the Diabetes Care Research Award include:  John 
Todd, Ph. D., principal research fellow for the Wellcome Trust in
England;  and Morris F. White, M.D., and Steven E. Shoelson, M.D.,
from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.

Currently, nominations are being accepted for the 1998 Boehringer 
Mannheim/JDFI Diabetes Care Research Award for researchers under the age 
of 45 whose work is better defining how diabetes and its complications 
can be prevented, detected, treated and cured.  For additional 
information and the 1998 nomination packet, interested diabetes 
specialists and researchers should contact:
Dr. Joachim Thiery
Boehringer Mannheim Patient Care
Tel: 	++49 621 759 3142
Fax: 	++49 621 759 4607
E-mail:   Joachim_Thiery at bmg.boehringer-mannheim.com

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