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Old Boy to be Presented with Award at World’s Largest Diabetes Meeting

Friday, 21 June 2013

Old Boy of the School, Peter H. Bennett MB, ChB, FRCP, FFPH, will be presented with the American Diabetes Association’s Albert Renold Award at the World’s largest Diabetes meeting.

Supported by an education grant from Merck, the award is presented to an individual whose career is distinguished by outstanding achievements in the training and mentorship of diabetes research scientists and the facilitation of diabetes research. Dr. Bennett will be recognized with this honour at the Association’s 73rd Scientific Sessions at the McCormick Place Convention Centre in Chicago. 

Dr. Bennett is currently scientist emeritus at the Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch (PECRB) of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. He has taught hundreds of scientists over his career, guiding them with his fresh insights and critical thinking on the problems of diabetes epidemiology, prevention and control. Dr. Bennett has directly mentored over 50 scientists, many of whom now hold leadership positions in academic and federal institutions focused on diabetes and its complications.

As chief of the PECRB from 1970 to 2000, Dr. Bennett established a robust research environment for hundreds of clinicians, epidemiologists, physiologists, geneticists and nutritionists to expand the knowledge of diabetes while working together with the Gila River Pima Indian community. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Bennett has organized, led or taught diabetes epidemiology training courses sponsored by universities and diabetes organizations worldwide. Often these courses have been the springboard for young scientists in countries with limited diabetes infrastructure to develop programs in their own countries, expanding our knowledge of diabetes.

More than 14,000 top scientists, physicians and other health care professionals from around the world will share the latest cutting-edge research and learn the most up-to-date information on prevention, treatment and care, at the Association's Scientific Sessions where Peter will receive his award.

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