Winners of 12th Manpei Suzuki International Prize for Diabetes Research and 13th Manpei Suzuki Prize for Diabetes Care and Education Announced

Tokyo, Japan (December 10, 2019)- The Manpei Suzuki Diabetes Foundation* (Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President, Sunao Manabe; 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 12th Manpei Suzuki International Prize for Diabetes Research and its 13th 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 12th Manpei Suzuki International Prize for Diabetes Research

Stephen O'Rahilly, MD

Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Medicine, Department of Clinical Biochemistry, University of Cambridge

Co-Director, Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, Cambridge
Director, MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit, University of Cambridge

Reason for Selection:

The Selection Committee highly recognized his pioneering discoveries of the monogenic and polygenic accounts for human insulin resistance, obesity and type 2 diabetes, and of a new mechanism responding to nutritional stress, which provide novel insights into physiologic control of insulin sensitivity, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, and energy balance, and also into diagnosis and treatment of diabetes.

 

Education and Professional Positions Held

1963-1975 Beneavin College, Finglas, Dublin
1975-1981 University College Dublin
1981-1987 National University of Ireland, MB BCh BAO (1981) , MD (1987)
1987-1989 Registrar in Diabetes, Endocrinology & General Medicine, Oxford Regional Health Authority
1989-1991 MRC Travelling Fellow, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA
1991-1996 Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow, University of Cambridge
1994- Honorary Consultant Physician, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
2002- Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Medicine, Department of Clinical Biochemistry, University of Cambridge
Head of Department of Clinical Biochemistry, University of Cambridge
2007- Director, Metabolic Research Laboratories, University of Cambridge
2009- Fellow, Pembroke College, Cambridge
2011- Scientific Director, NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre,
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
2012- Associate Faculty Member, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge
2013- Co-Director, Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, Cambridge
Director, MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit, University of Cambridge

To present

 

Awards:

1996 RD Lawrence Lecturer of the British Diabetic Association
2000 Society for Endocrinology Medal, UK
Graham Bull Prize in Clinical Medicine, Royal College of Physicians
2001 European Journal of Endocrinology Prize
Novartis International Award for Clinical Research in Diabetes
2002 Heinrich Wieland Prize, Munich, Germany
2003 Carl Gottschalk Award, University of North Carolina, USA
2005 Rolf Luft Award, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm
2007 Feldberg Prize
Solomon Berson Award, Mount Sinai Medical School, New York, USA
2008 Honorary Doctorate from University College Dublin
2009 Honorary Doctorate from University of Warwick
2010 Dale Medal, Society for Endocrinology
InBev-Baillet Latour Prize for Health
2011 Croonian Lecturer, Royal College of Physicians, London
Sir Philip Randle Lecturer, Biochemistry Society
2012 Honorary Doctorate from University of Dundee
2013 Honorary Doctorate from University of Buckingham
Knight Bachelor for services to medical research, Birthday Honours List Ulysses Medal, University College Dublin
The Obesity Society’s TOPS Research Achievement Award
2014 K J Zülch Prize, Max Planck Society, Germany
Baly Medal, Royal College of Physicians
Debrecen Prize for Molecular Medicine, University of Debrecen, Hungary
2015 Edward K Dunham Lectureship for the Promotion of Medical Sciences, Harvard Medical School
European Society of Endocrinology Hormone Medal
EASD/Novo Nordisk Foundation Diabetes Prize for Excellence
2016 Helmholtz Diabetes Award, Germany
Harveian Oration, Royal College of Physicians, London
2017 Honorary Member, Royal Irish Academy
Faulkner Lectureship, University of Michigan, USA

 

2.Recipients of the 13th Manpei Suzuki Prize for Diabetes Care and Education

Masayo Oobe

President,Fukuoka Dietetic Association

Recommender Dr. Yutaka Seino, President, Japan Association for Diabetes Education and Care
Mr. Kenichiro Shide, Director, Japan Society of Metabolism and Clinical Nutrition
Reason for Selection Ms. Oobe, who holds a position of leadership among dietitians for a long time, has contributed to diabetes care for patients through the activities in region (Fukuoka prefecture), Japan Society of Metabolism and Clinical Nutrition, Japan Association for Diabetes Education and Care. She has been engaged in training medical staffs who support patients and obtained good results. She is still continuing the activities. Her influence as a dietitian and spreading effects are so extensive, so they lead to the improved status of dietitians in the area of diabetes care and education.
She has also greatly contributed to the spread of “diabetes conversation map” as a diabetes care guidance tool.
Thus her activities are consistent, widely recognized and its spreading effect is significant.