ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Diabetes Association will present the Albert Renold Award to Richard N. Bergman, PhD. Supported by a grant from Merck, this award is presented to an individual whose career is distinguished by outstanding achievements in the training and mentorship of diabetes research scientists and in the facilitation of diabetes research. Dr. Bergman 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.
Currently Founder and Director of the new Cedars-Sinai Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute in Los Angeles, Dr. Bergman holds the Alfred Jay Firestein Chair in Diabetes. Known as a pioneer in systems biology of metabolism, he introduced the use of engineering principles to understand the pathogenesis of diabetes.
Dr. Bergman's laboratory was the first to demonstrate insulin's indirect control of liver glucose production and established the importance of insulin transport from the blood to the cells in the insulin resistance syndrome. Dr. Bergman is recognized for his paradigm-shifting "minimal model" approach to assessment of metabolic function and development of the "disposition index" to quantify beta cell function with respect to insulin sensitivity. Such transformational discoveries have impacted diabetes research throughout the world.
In addition to his important scientific contributions, Dr. Bergman is noted for exceptional mentorship. Over the course of his career, he has trained more than 30 doctoral students and more than 20 post-doctoral fellows. His protégés praise his leadership and keen ability to balance his level of direction with the needs of his trainees. Many of his trainees have gone on to make their own important scientific contributions and to hold leadership positions within the diabetes research community.
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. 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 800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.