ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Diabetes Association, the nation's largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes®, is pleased to announce that David Marrero, PhD, of Indianapolis, IN has been named President, Health Care & Education on its Board of Directors.
Marrero is the J.O. Ritchey Professor of Medicine and Director, Diabetes Translational Research Center, at Indiana University School of Medicine. He has more than 300 publications in lay and professional journals including Diabetes Care and The Diabetes Educator.
Along with the Chair of the Board of the American Diabetes Association, Marrero serves as one of the principal elected officers. Additionally, he serves as the co-principal spokesperson with the President, Medicine & Science of the Association on science, health care, and educational matters.
Marrero has been volunteering for the Association since the 1980's. He has also served or is currently serving on the following national committees: Adult Strategies, Advocacy, Prevention, Publications Policy, Advisory Group on International Affairs, and Scientific Sessions Meeting Planning. Marrero was recognized for his contributions to the American Diabetes Association in 2008 when he was named Outstanding Educator in Diabetes and also received the Josiah K. Lilly Award for Distinguished Service.
He holds a PhD, master of arts and bachelor of arts in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine and is a member of the American Diabetes Association's Pinnacle Society and Summit Circle. These are recognition societies representative of individuals who are providing significant contributions to the Association through major gifts and their estate plans, respectively.
Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body's ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood glucose to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050, unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
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; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.
SOURCE American Diabetes Association