Dr. Joel K. Elmquist, the Carl H. Westcott Distinguished Chair in Medical Research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, will be presented with the Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award, by the American Diabetes Association, at the Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions. Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Lilly USA, LLC, this prestigious award recognizes research in diabetes that demonstrates particular independence of thought and originality.
Also the Maclin Family Distinguished Professor in Medical Science, in honor of Dr. Roy A. Brinkley, Dr. Elmquist has helped shape the entire field of central regulation of energy homeostatis, with his contributions on identifying sites in the brain that underlie the coordinated control of food intake and body weight, as well as glucose and carbohydrate metabolism.
His contributions to the understanding of central leptin and serotonin signaling and the neural circuits that regulate glucose metabolism were a leap forward for the field of diabetes research. Over the past decade, it has become clear that while abnormalities in peripheral tissues contribute to the pathogenesis of obesity and type 2 diabetes, these effects are in part due to dysregulation of key pathways in the brain.
Check out Dr. Joel K. Elmquist’s lab page at UT Southwestern.
The 74th Scientific Sessions will take place June 13-17, 2014, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Dr. Elmquist will give the Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award Lecture, “Claude Bernard Was Right: Brain Control of Glucose Homeostasis,” on Monday, June 16, 2014.
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 the Association’s Scientific Sessions.
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes, delivering services to hundreds of communities and providing objective and credible information Founded in 1940, their mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.