December 15, 2020
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Tokyo, Japan (December 15, 2020) - 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 13th Manpei Suzuki International Prize for Diabetes Research according to the details in the “Summary of Recipients” below. The 14th Manpei Suzuki Prize for Diabetes Care and Education was not applicable.

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.

*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
Recipient of the 13th Manpei Suzuki International Prize for Diabetes Research

Domenico Accili, MD

Chief, Division of Endocrinology
Russell Berrie Foundation Professor
Director, Columbia Diabetes Research Center College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University New York, NY, USA

Reason for Selection
The Selection Committee highly recognized his extensive and groundbreaking contribution over years to many landmark discoveries especially the one elucidating the fundamental role of FOXO 1 in ubiquitous insulin biochemical signals in different organs, which is key to understanding molecular pathogenesis and treatment of type2 diabetes.

Education and Professional Positions Held

1983 M.D. University of Rome, Italy
1983-1985  Intern and Resident, University Hospital “A. Gemelli”, Rome, Italy
1985-1988  Fogarty Fellow, Diabetes Branch, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
1987-1990  Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Rome-Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
1990-1995  Visiting Scientist, Diabetes Branch, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
1996-1999  Chief, Unit on Genetics and Hormone Action, Developmental Endocrinology Branch, NICHD, National Institutes of Health,Bethesda, MD
1999-present  Professor of Medicine, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University, New York, NY
1999-present  Attending Physician, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
2003-present  Director, Columbia University Diabetes Research Center
2011-present  Russell Berrie Foundation Professor of Diabetes (in Medicine), Columbia University
2016-present   Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, Columbia University

Awards
2001 Elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation
2003   Lilly Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement, American Diabetes Association
2005   Davidson Lectureship and Award, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
2006  Elected to the Association of American Physicians
2010   MERIT Award, NIDDK, NIH
2013   Donald F. Steiner Award for Diabetes Research, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2014   Edwin B. Astwood Award, The Endocrine Society
           Claude Bernard Medal, European Association for the Study of Diabetes
2015   Arthur Riggs Award, City of Hope Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
2016   Irene and Arthur Fishberg Prize, Columbia University, New York, NY
2017   Mirsky Award, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
           Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement, American Diabetes Association