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Dr. Michael Brownlee receives JDRF Rumbough Award for Scientific Excellence
Date:5/19/2008

ibits the pathways through which cell damage occurs. And, his research of benfotiamine, a synthetic derivative of the dietary supplement thiamine (vitamin B1), found that it blocked all major pathways of hyperglycemic damage, and that it blocked formation of structural lesions in the retinas of long-term diabetic animals. His current studies include clinical trials of benfotiamine.

Dr. Brownlee also is the Director of the JDRF International Center for Diabetic Complications Research at Einstein. All of the projects in this Center share an overriding aim: to develop innovative, highly effective therapies for preventing the development and progression of retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy, and atherosclerosis in type 1 patients.

In 2006, JDRF awarded Dr. Brownlee with its Scholar Award. His contributions to the field have also been extensively recognized through his receipt of other prestigious awards, including the 2005 Naomi Berrie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes Research from Columbia University Medical Center; the 2004 Banting Medal, the highest scientific award of the American Diabetes Association; the 2004 Davis Award from the Childrens Diabetes Foundation; the 2003 Claude Bernard Medal, the highest scientific honor given by the European Association for the Study of Diabetes; and the 1993 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award, presented by the American Diabetes Association.

In addition to Dr. Brownlee, a 2008 JDRF Rumbough Award also was presented to Dr. Michael German, of the University of California San Francisco.


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