ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Diabetes Association (ADA), the leading non-profit health organization dedicated to preventing and curing diabetes and to improving the lives of the more than 20 million children and adults currently living with the disease, announced yesterday that Larry C. Deeb, MD, of Tallahassee, Fla., has been elected President, Medicine & Science. During his 25-year relationship with the ADA, Dr. Deeb has served in more than two dozen roles, including Chair of the ADA's Council on Diabetes in Youth and Chair of the Council on Public Health. A pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Deeb also serves as Medical Director for the Diabetes Center at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, and is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Florida and Clinical Professor of Behavioral and Social Medicine at Florida State University. Dr. Deeb's grant-supported research includes the Epidemiology of and Interventions In, Patients with Diabetes in Florida, a project that he began in 1981 for the Florida Department of Health. His current research projects include a blind crossover trial of Novolog and Humalog in children with diabetes and applications of new technology in diabetes management for children. In addition to his research, Dr. Deeb has collaborated with the International Diabetes Federation and Rotary International to establish seven diabetes clinics in Bolivia and one in Lagos Nigeria. Other clinics are in Shi Lanka, and in Nepal, Plans for clinics in Cameroon are underway. Due in major part to his commitment to diabetes care, Dr. Deeb received the 2006 Frederick Clifton Moor Award from the Tallahassee Rotary Club - the highest honor bestowed upon its members. Dr. Deeb graduated from Emory University with a history degree. He completed his pediatric internship, residency and pediatric endocrinology fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body's ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. Nearly 21 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes. It is the fifth deadliest disease in the U.S. and it has no cure. The American Diabetes Association is the nation's premier voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the Association has offices in every region of the country, providing services to hundreds of communities. The Association's commitment to research is reflected through its scientific meetings; education and provider recognition programs; and its Research Foundation and Nationwide Research Program, which fund breakthrough studies looking into the cure, prevention, and treatment of diabetes and its complications. For more information, please visit diabetes.org or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).
SOURCE American Diabetes Association