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ADA's Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award given to MIRA member

Published: May 12, 2017  

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has announced its international 2017 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award will go to Gregory Steinberg, a professor of medicine for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University. 

He is the first scientist from a Canadian university to take the 60-year-old award given annually to a scientist under 50 years of age.

Steinberg's research contributions are cited as having "significantly shaped our understanding of how lipid metabolism, insulin sensitivity and energy sensing are intimately linked and contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes."

Steinberg, PhD, is a member of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and co-director of the Metabolism and Childhood Obesity Research (MAC-Obesity) program at McMaster. He holds both a Canada Research Chair and the J. Bruce Duncan endowed chair in metabolic diseases. He joined McMaster in 2008.

Among his discoveries, he has identified important connections between inflammation and fat metabolism, how exercise and common medicines lower blood sugar, and new ways to increase the burning of calories.

Steinberg is actively translating these discoveries into the development of new therapeutics for preventing and treating type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He will speak at the ADA scientific sessions next month.

The ADA is the world's largest diabetes organization.

Last month Steinberg received the inaugural Gold Leaf Prize for Outstanding Achievements by an Early Career Investigator from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.


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