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Joslin researcher named first winner of the Manpei Suzuki International Prize for Diabetes Research
Date:11/6/2008

BOSTON November 6, 2008 Joslin Diabetes Center today announced that C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., Head of the Joslin Section on Obesity and Hormone Action and the Mary K. Iacocca Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, has been named the first winner of the Manpei Suzuki International Prize for Diabetes Research.

"Joslin Diabetes Center is delighted that one of our world-renowned researchers has been named the inaugural winner of such a prestigious award," said Ranch C. Kimball, President and CEO of Joslin. "Dr. Kahn epitomizes the spirit, perseverance and creativity held by all Joslin researchers that is needed to make the scientific advancements toward preventing and ultimately curing diabetes."

According to the Manpei Suzuki Diabetes Foundation, Dr. Kahn was selected to receive the inaugural award in recognition of his many contributions to diabetes research over the past three decades from the discovery of the basic mechanism for how insulin receptors produce a signal in cells to increase their metabolism, to alterations in this signaling process in diabetes and other disease states. He has also generated multiple strains of mice genetically altered in insulin signaling in order to analyze insulin action one tissue and pathway at a time. Dr. Kahn's work has had an enormous impact on the understanding of the mechanism of insulin action and insulin resistance, processes that are fundamental to the worldwide diabetes epidemic.

"I am truly honored to be recognized for this prize as my lab and I to continue to pursue new frontiers in diabetes and obesity research," said Dr. Kahn.

Dr. Kahn will be formally presented with the award, which includes $150,000, at a ceremony in Tokyo on March 10, 2009. He will also deliver a commemorative lecture at the event.

The newly established award, the largest for diabetes research and one of the largest in medicine, commemorates the 15th anniversary of the Manpei Suzuki Diabetes
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Contact: Kira Jastive
kira.jastive@joslin.harvard.edu
617-732-2418
Joslin Diabetes Center
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