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

Foundation, which supports diabetes research through both grants and fellowships. According to the Foundation's web site, the International Prize acknowledges individuals for "their original and excellent achievements in diabetes research" and aims "to advance diabetes research that will contribute to the health and welfare of all people."

An internationally recognized researcher, Dr. Kahn was educated at University of Louisville and trained at Washington University and the National Institutes of Health, where he ultimately served as the Section Head of Cellular and Molecular Physiology of the Diabetes Branch.

In 1981, Dr. Kahn came to Harvard Medical School and the Joslin Diabetes Center. He served as Research Director of Joslin from 1981 to 2000, Executive Vice President from 1997 to 2000, and President and Director from 2000 to 2007. In 1984, he was promoted to Professor of Medicine at Harvard, and in 1986 he was awarded the Mary K. Iacocca Professorship. In 2007, he was named Vice Chair of the Joslin Board of Trustees.

Dr. Kahn has received the highest scientific awards of the American Diabetes Association, U.S. Endocrine Society, British Diabetes and Endocrine Societies, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, International Diabetes Federation and American Federation for Clinical Research, as well as many other honors, including election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. He chaired the congressionally established Diabetes Research Working Group which developed the plan that resulted in a more than doubling of diabetes research efforts in the U.S. He also holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Paris, Louisville and Geneva and an honorary professorship from Peking University.


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Contact: Kira Jastive
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617-732-2418
Joslin Diabetes Center
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