grantee Dr. Raj K. Goyal won the 2013 William S. Middleton
Award by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Biomedical Laboratory
Research and Development Service’s highest honor for scientific achievement.
Goyal is the Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and
staff physician at the VA Boston Healthcare System. The award recognizes his
service to the VA and
seminal contributions to understanding esophageal and gastric physiology and
clinical disorders including Barrett’s esophagus, gastroesophageal reflux
disease (GERD), diffuse esophageal spasm, esophageal pain and
NIDDK grantee Dr. Shingo Kajimura received the Presidential Early
Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the
U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of
their independent research careers. Kajimura is an assistant professor at
the University of California San Francisco Diabetes Center and Department of
Cell and Tissue Biology. His work focuses on the molecular basis of fat cell
development and energy homeostasis.
NIDDK Advisory Council member Dr. Bruce Spiegelman won the 2013 Manpei Suzuki
International Prize for Diabetes Research. The prize recognizes his
groundbreaking contributions to many landmark discoveries in adipocyte biology
and energy homeostasis. Spiegelman is the Stanley J. Korsmeyer Professor of Cell
Biology and Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Francesco Celi, staff clinician in
the NIDDK Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Obesity Branch, departed NIDDK after
more than 10 years of federal service. His work focused on understanding the
pathways that lead to time- and tissue-specific activation of thyroid hormone
signaling. In January, Celi became professor and chair of the Division of
Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of
Five members joined the NIDDK Advisory Council
Dr. David Brenner joined the
Digestive Diseases and Nutrition subcouncil. He is vice chancellor for health
sciences and dean of the school of medicine at the University of California,
San Diego. Brenner is a clinician and leader in the field of gastroenterological
research. His work focuses on understanding the molecular pathogenesis of
fibrotic liver disease and the genetic basis of liver disorders. Brenner is
former editor-in-chief of Gastroenterology and former professor and chair of
the department of medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center College of
Physicians and Surgeons.
Chang joined the Digestive Diseases and Nutrition subcouncil.
He is a clinician and the Martin Boyer Professor of Medicine at the University
of Chicago. Chang’s research focuses on host-microbial interactions of the
intestine, particularly in defining communication signals/pathways involved in
maintaining intestinal homeostasis. He has defined several novel mechanisms and
mediators of action of probiotic organisms that are being developed as
therapeutic agents. Chang
is a longstanding NIDDK grantee, including a previous MERIT award, and is
director of the NIDDK Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Center
at the University of Chicago.
Cindy Hahn joined the
Digestive Diseases and Nutrition subcouncil. She is the president, CEO and
founder of the Alagille Syndrome Alliance, an international nonprofit serving
people with the rare genetic disorder Alagille syndrome and their families.
Hahn has served as the patient advocacy group committee chair for the
NIDDK-funded Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network and on the
Patient Advocacy Group Committee of the NIDDK-funded Cholestatic Liver Disease
Consortium. She has also served as a stakeholder reviewer of grant applications
for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Ellen Leake joined the Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism subcouncil.
She is the former chair of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) lay
review committee, a current member of the JDRF research and executive committees,
and a current member of the Canadian Clinical Trial Network lay review committee.
Leake joined the JDRF International Board of Directors in 2008 and is chair of
the development committee. She also co-founded Mississippi Cures, an advocacy
and public policy group in support of stem cell research.
Dr. Jean Schaffer joined the Diabetes,
Endocrinology, and Metabolism subcouncil. She is the Virginia Minnich Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Washington
University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Her research focuses on
lipotoxicity. Through basic studies involving genetic screens in
cultured cells, Schaffer’s laboratory has identified critical molecular players
in the lipotoxic response.