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Edward Horton, M.D., Receives Albert Renold Award for Mentorship and Diabetes Research

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) 2014 Albert Renold Award will be awarded to Edward Horton, M.D., Senior Investigator at Joslin Diabetes Center and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, at the ADA’s 74th Scientific Sessions in San Francisco, California, during the National Scientific Achievement Awards presentation ceremony.

The Albert Renold award was named for Albert Renold, M.D., who served as the Director of The Baker Clinic Research Laboratory, which later became the Elliott P. Joslin Research Laboratory, at Joslin from 1959 until 1962.

“This is a very special award for me, as well as for my wife, Betty, since Albert Renold and his wife, Jacqueline, were close friends and mentors of ours,” said Dr. Horton. “They taught us that supporting young physician scientists and their families and helping them establish their own careers as independent investigators and clinicians were one of the great joys in life.”

He continued, “We have tried to follow this path throughout our own career and have been blessed by having the opportunity to work with many outstanding people, who are now making their own contributions to research and clinical practice in the field of diabetes.”

Every year the ADA holds their annual Scientific Sessions, which is the largest diabetes meeting in the world and brings together nearly 18,000 participants, including more than 14,000 clinicians and researchers from 118 countries. The five day meeting showcases timely and significant advances in basic science and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diabetes.

The Albert Renold Award is one of the Association’s highest scientific awards, which is given annually to an individual who has made a significant impact as a mentor to diabetes researchers or to a community of diabetes investigators.

“Dr. Horton is not only an excellent clinical scientist, but a great mentor for both the M.D. and Ph.D. students and fellows who surround him,” commented C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., Chief Academic Officer at Joslin and Mary K. Iacocca Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  “Much of the culture of clinical research at Joslin is a result of his influence.”

Aside from serving as a Senior Investigator, Dr. Horton is also the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator for several large National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded studies, such as the Diabetes Prevention Program, the LookAHEAD Study and a Study of Diabetes, Cardiac Disease and Air Pollution Vulnerability.

He is a renowned investigator of obesity and insulin resistance as they relate to diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the regulation of glucose transport and metabolism in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue, and the effects of exercise and physical training on insulin sensitivity.

“At Joslin, Dr. Horton brings true leadership to the clinical enterprise, and at the same time, establishes his research presence here in the area of human physiology with a special interest in exercise,” said Dr. Kahn.

Dr. Horton is one of three Joslin recipients to receive an award at the 74th Scientific Sessions. The other recipients include  Andrzej Krolewski, M.D., Ph.D., Head of the Section on Genetics and Epidemiology at Joslin and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, who will receive the 2014 Kelly West Award in Epidemiology and Katie Weinger, Ed.D., R.N., Ph.D., Investigator in the Section of Clinical, Behavioral and Outcomes Research at Joslin and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, who will receive the 2014 Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award.

“These are major awards and most institutions are happy to just receive one award, so Joslin is thrilled to receive three awards,” said George King, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President at Joslin.

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