ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Diabetes Association will present the Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology to K.M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA, FRCP. Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Merck, this award recognizes significant contributions to the field of diabetes epidemiology. Dr. Narayan will be recognized with this honor at the Association's 75th Scientific Sessions®, taking place June 5-9, 2015, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston.
Currently Ruth and O.C. Hubert Chair of Global Health, and Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology at Emory University in Atlanta, Dr. Narayan is noted for substantial, multidisciplinary work in diabetes epidemiology.
Notably, Dr. Narayan is a physician-scientist specializing in the epidemiology and prevention of diabetes, obesity and vascular diseases. He designed the first lifestyle intervention trial in the Pima Indians and was actively involved in early conceptualization of the Diabetes Prevention Program. He has been an investigator in a number of large, multi-center, national and international studies of diabetes (TRIAD, DPP, ACCORD, SEARCH, and CARRS). His career has spanned three continents over the last two decades, and has included posts at the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Narayan directs the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center, and continues to consult for the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the International Diabetes Federation, the National Institutes of Health, CDC, the Institute of Medicine and various governments, where he translates science to policy. With more than 330 publications, including several high-impact, seminal studies, his body of work exemplifies his leadership and significant contributions to diabetes epidemiology.
Dr. Narayan will deliver the Kelly West Award Lecture "Type 2 Diabetes—Why We Are Winning the Battle, but Losing the War" on Sunday, June 7.
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; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. For the past 75 years, our mission has been 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 800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.