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News Release

George L. King, M.D., Director of Research at Joslin Diabetes Center, To Serve on Massachusetts’ New Asian American Commission

BOSTON – February 20, 2007 – George L. King, M.D., Director of Research at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and Director of Joslin’s Asian American Diabetes Initiative, will be sworn into Massachusetts’ newly formed Asian American Commission tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the State House. Dr. King is also Head of the Section on Vascular Cell Biology at Joslin and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

The ceremony starts at 2 p.m. on the Grand Staircase. Attendees will include Governor Deval Patrick, Secretary of State William F. Galvin, State Treasurer Tim Cahill and Auditor Joseph DeNucci. Dr. King is one of 20 commissioners being sworn in during tomorrow’s ceremony.

The Asian American Commission will work toward improving the lives of Asian Americans in Massachusetts through political advocacy by providing a united voice through which the social, educational and economic interests of Asian Americans will be strengthened. The commission was created by legislation and filed in 2006 by Senator Michael Morrissey (D-Quincy). It was supported by Treasurer Tim Cahill, Deputy Treasurer/General Counsel Grace H. Lee and co-sponsored by 25 state legislators. Ms. Lee, the highest-ranking appointed Asian American in state government, will serve as the Commission Interim Executive Director.

“I am honored to have the privilege to serve on the Asian American Commission in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” says Dr. King, who resides in Dover. “I look forward to working with my fellow Commissioners to develop initiatives that will have a positive impact on Asian Americans in the Commonwealth.”

Dr. King received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. He completed his training at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle and at the National Institutes of Health.  He has been at Joslin and Harvard Medical School since 1981. As Director of Joslin’s Research Division, Dr. King oversees more than 300 scientists in 11 research sections who are committed to pursuing innovative pathways of discovery to prevent, treat and cure type 1 and type 2 diabetes and their complications.

Dr. King directs Joslin’s Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI), which was established in 2000 by Dr. King and Joslin supporters who were concerned about the increasing incidence of diabetes among Asian Americans. The AADI, which includes a bilingual Asian Clinic, is performing clinical research to determine the role of nutrition in the higher rates of diabetes in Asian Americans.  In addition, members of the AADI staff run community outreach and educational programs for local and national healthcare professionals. One of the centerpieces of the AADI is an interactive Chinese-English diabetes Web site, The AADI Web site, which currently features content from Joslin’s award-winning Website translated to traditional and simplified Chinese, is now being translated into other Asian languages.