Led by principal investigator Anthony Hollenberg, MD, the team also includes Christian Bjorbaek, PhD, Joel Elmquist, DVM, PhD, and Young-Bum Kim, PhD, all members of BIDMC's Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and faculty members of Harvard Medical School.
Jointly funded by the Smith Family Foundation and the American Diabetes Association, this premier award supports scientists who are conducting research basic science, clinical or translational on type 2 diabetes. The BIDMC research team is the second group of investigators to receive the Pinnacle Program Project Award since its establishment.
"We're extremely honored to have been selected to receive this award and are grateful to both the Smith Family Foundation and the ADA," said Hollenberg. "We have a superb team of investigators working to elucidate the hormones and brain pathways regulating body weight and glucose metabolism; this funding will enable us to move one step closer to the goal of advancing diabetes treatment and prevention."
Diabetes afflicts more than 18 million individuals in the United States, with more than 1 million new cases diagnosed each year. The chronic disease is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, and is also one of the leading causes of blindness, kidney failure and limb amputations.
"The Smith Foundation Pinnacle Award is unique in that it encourages several scientists, working in diverse disciplines, to collaborate and move forward toward a common goal," explains Richard Smith, co-chairman of the Richard and Susan Smith Fam
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center