Winners of 11th Manpei Suzuki International Prize for Diabetes Research and 12th Manpei Suzuki Prize for Diabetes Care and Education Announced

Tokyo, Japan(December 6, 2018)- The Manpei Suzuki Diabetes Foundation*(Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President, Takashi Shoda; hereafter, the Foundation), a related public interest incorporated foundation of Daiichi Sankyo Company Limited(Headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo), today announced that it had decided on the winners of its 11th Manpei Suzuki International Prize for Diabetes Research and its 12th Manpei Suzuki Prize for Diabetes Care and Education according to the details in the "Summary of Recipients" below.

The Manpei Suzuki International Prize for Diabetes Research (international prize) and Manpei Suzuki Prize for Diabetes Care and Education (Japan prize) are awards inaugurated in November, 2007 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Foundation. The international prize is awarded to one researcher from anywhere in the world every year for original, excellent research achievements. The Japan prize is given every year for the achievements of an individual, facility, body, team or group over an extended period in efforts in diabetes care and education in a particular region, or that cover several regions, that contribute to treatment and prevention, with the purpose of improving medical care and welfare for diabetic patients.

The Foundation hopes that the award of the international prize will be an incentive for researchers from all over the world working in diabetology research and lead to further advances in diabetology, furthermore; that the award of the Japan prize will be an incentive for people making efforts in diabetes care and education, and contribute to the treatment and prevention of diabetes.

*Since its establishment in December 1993, the mission of the Foundation has been "encourage young researchers through the promotion of exchanges among those working in the field of diabetes worldwide, in order to contribute to the advancement of diabetes research", and has been carrying out various financial assistance programs for this purpose.

Website of Manpei Suzuki Diabetes Foundation

Summary of Recipients
1.Recipient of the 11th Manpei Suzuki International Prize for Diabetes Research

Phillip E. Scherer, PhD

Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

Gifford O. Touchstone Jr. and Randolph G. Touchstone

Distinguished Chair in Diabetes Research

Director, Touchstone Diabetes Center

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Reason for Selection:

The Selection Committee highly recognized his pioneering contributions to identifying adiponectin, and to discovering this adipokine's insulin-sensitizing, anti-diabetic function and the molecular mechanism behind it, all of which, together with his recent scientific achievements, have both deepened and widened our understanding of diabetes, obesity and energy homeostasis.

 

Education and Professional Positions Held

1992 PhD, University of Basel, Switzerland
1992 Post-doctoral Fellow, Whitehead Institute/MIT in Cambridge, MA
1997 Assistant Professor for Cell Biology, Department of Cell Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
2002 Associate Professor for Cell Biology, Department of Cell Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
2003 Associate Professor of Medicine Division of Endocrinology
2006 Professor of Cell Biology and Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Cell Biology and Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
2007 Professor, Department of Internal Medicine and Cell Biology, University of
Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
2007 Director, Touchstone Diabetes Center, UTSW Medical Center, Dallas

To present

 

Awards:

2004 Irma T. Hirschl/Monique Weill-Caulier Trust Research Award
2005 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award ("Lilly Award")
(American Diabetes Association)
2007 Recipient University of Texas STARS Award
2008 Visiting Scholar, Warwick University, UK
2010 Vladimir Nigrovic Award of Excellence, University of Toledo
Pfizer Visiting Professorship, University of Washington, Seattle
2012 O′Donnell Award in Medicine from TAMEST
(The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas)
J. Dennis McGarry Award for Outstanding Healthcare Professional
(American Diabetes Association North Texas)
2013 Visiting Professorship, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Institute, Dept. Cellular and Mol. Medicine
Naomi Berrie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes Research,
Columbia University Banting Medal, American Diabetes Associatio
2015 Banting Medal, American Diabetes Association
Britton Chance Memorial Award for the Agency for Science, Technology and
Research (A*STAR), Singapore
2017 Brenner/Dirks Lectureship(Awarded by International Society of Nephrology)
European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)/Novo Nordisk
Foundation Diabetes Prize for Excellence
Singapore Symposium on Metabolic Diseases Outstanding Achievements Award
2018 Gerald M. Reaven Distinguished Leader in Insulin Resistance Award
(International Committee for Insulin Resistance (ICIR))

 

2.Recipients of the 12th Manpei Suzuki Prize for Diabetes Care and Education

Yasuko Uchigata, PhD, MD

Director of the hospital,Tokyo Women’s University Medical CenterEast

Tomio Onuma, MD

Appointed professor, Juntendo University Hospital Tokyo Koto Geriatric Medical Center