July Awards

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease of the NIH presented Saul Genuth, MD, professor in the Department of Medicine, with an Outstanding Achievement Award to recognize his exemplary scientific leadership of the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial and the Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications Study, which transformed the management of diabetes worldwide. “It hasn’t been that long since people with diabetes, whose glucose levels were not closely monitored and controlled, commonly suffered devastating consequences,” said the NIDDK director, Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, who presented Dr. Genuth a plaque during a “Saulebration” dinner June 24 at the American Diabetes Association meeting in San Diego. “Saul helped change the paradigm by proving the importance of tight glucose control. Saul was very good at his job in the DCCT, EDIC and other landmark studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. But he also did everything within his power to ensure the rest of us were good at our jobs. His gentle strength, his questioning mind, his compassion, his ceaseless quest for excellence in the smallest detail, his grace and modesty, and his unswerving commitment were a model for everyone to follow and brought out the best in each.”

Melissa Knothe Tate, PhD, professor of Biomedical Engineering, received a $25,000 Chairmen's Distinguished Life Sciences Scientist Award from the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation. Knothe Tate is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of orthopaedic mechanobiology as well as the development and clinical translation of novel technologies and materials. Her work involves studying the mechanobiology of living cells and how stresses, strains and mechanical forces affect cell signaling, differentiation, etc. This expands understanding of bone healing and supports development of synthetic tissues. Knothe Tate will also receive up to $25,000 in research funds from the foundation. The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation was established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to support research, study and labor designed to produce new discoveries in all fields of endeavor for the benefit of mankind, according to the organization. The foundation began giving out the Life Sciences Awards three years ago and founded the Agriscience Awards last year.

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