American Diabetes Association Announces the 2018 Award Recipients for the Scientific Sessions

Christine Potkul
Published Online: Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

The American Diabetes Association (ADA), has announced this year's recipients of the ADA's National Scientific and Health Care Achievement Awards, in a press release. The recognitions were awarded for exemplary leadership, mentorship, and achievements that have advanced the field of diabetes care, and improved health outcomes for people with diabetes. 

The ADA's 78th Scientific Sessions will be held June 22-26, 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Several leaders will be recognized and will recieve awards for their contribution to diabetes research, prevention, care, and treatment. Some of the award winners will present award lectures. 

"All of the recipients of our National Scientific and Health Care Achievement awards have made incredible contributions in their respective fields to increase the vast library of knowledge that has contributed to the many scientific and technological advances that have improved the lives of millions of people living with diabetes," said William T. Cefalu, MD, Chief Scientific, Medical and Mission Officer of the ADA, in a press release. "It is an honor for the ADA to recognize these individuals for their extraordinary work."

According to the ADA, Jackie L. Boucher, MS, RDN, will be this year's recipient of the Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award. Boucher currently serves as the President of Children's Heartlink in Minneapolis, MN, and will be honored for her work in the field of diabetes education. Her lecture, Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award Lecture: Connectedness: How Technology and Social Networks are Advancing Diabetes Nutrition Care, will be presented on June 23. 

Other recognitions include the following: 

Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement : Gerald I. Shulman, MD, PhD
George R. Cowgill Professor of Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Yale University School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Yale Diabetes Research Center, New Haven, Connecticut

Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award: Lora K. Heisler, PhD 

Professor, Chair in Human Nutrition and Head of the Obesity and Food Choice Division of the Rowett Institute,University of AberdeenAberdeen, Scotland
Albert Renold Award: Mark A. Atkinson, PhD
Jeffrey Keene Family Professor, American Diabetes Association Eminent Scholar for Diabetes Research and Director of the Diabetes Institute, University of FloridaGainesville, Florida
Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Diabetes Research Award: Rury R. Holman, FMedSci
Professor of Diabetic Medicine,University of Oxford, Director of the University of Oxford Diabetes Trial Unit and NIHR Senior Investigator, Oxford, United Kingdom
Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes Award: Andrew J. Ahmann, MD
Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University and Director of the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center, Portland, Oregon
Harold Rifkin Award for Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes: Viswanathan Mohan, MD, PhD
Chairman and Chief of Diabetology, Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Specialties Centre and Director of the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Chennai, India
Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology: Catherine C. Cowie, PhD
Senior Advisor, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Diabetes Epidemiology Program, Bethesda, Maryland
The ADA's Scientific Sessions, is the world's largest scientific meeting focused on diabetes research, prevention and care, according to the organization. During the 5-day meeting, more than 16,000 health care professionals from around the world will have exclusive access to more than 3,000 original diabetes research presentations, participate in provocative and engaging exchanges with leading diabetes experts, and can earn Continuing Medical Education or Continuing Education credits for educational sessions. 

Felicia Hill-Briggs, PhD, ABPP, President of Health Care and Education, is expected to deliver an address about the ADA in the era of healthcare transformation on June 23. In addition, Jane E.B. Reusch, MD, President of Medicine and Science, will present her address about living with diabetes on June 24. In total, the 2018 Scientific Sessions will include 375 oral presentations; 2,117 poster presentations, including 47 moderated poster discussions; and 297 published-only abstracts. On social media, the Scientific Sessions can be followed using #2018ADA. 


American Diabetes Association. American Diabetes Association Announces Eight Recipients of 2018 National Scientific and Health Care Achievement Awards [news release]. Arlington, VA: April 26, 2018; ADA website. Accessed June 12, 2018.

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