Dr. Gerald Shulman wins American Diabetes Association’s highest honor

Dr. Gerald Shulman
Dr. Gerald Shulman

Dr. Gerald I. Shulman of the Yale School of Medicine has won the 2018 Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement, the highest honor of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Shulman will be recognized for this honor and deliver his Banting Medal Lecture, “Mechanisms of Insulin Resistance: Implications for Obesity, Lipodystrophy and Type 2 Diabetes,” at the ADA’s 78th Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida, June 22-26.

The Banting Medal recognizes significant, long-term contributions to the understanding, treatment or prevention of diabetes. The ADA’s 2018 President of Medicine and Science, Dr. Jane E.B. Reusch, said about Shulman’s win: “Dr. Shulman’s work has redefined our understanding of the physiology contributing to diabetes development, thereby opening strategies for treatment of type 2 diabetes. Congratulations on this much-deserved honor for your paradigm-shifting contributions to our knowledge of diabetes.”

Shulman is the George R. Cowgill Professor of Medicine, Cellular & Molecular Physiology and Physiological Chemistry at Yale, where he serves as co-director of the Yale Diabetes Research Center. He is also an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Shulman has pioneered the use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy to non-invasively examine intracellular glucose and fat metabolism in humans. Using this approach, he has conducted ground-breaking basic and clinical investigative studies on the cellular mechanisms of insulin resistance that have led to several paradigm shifts in the understanding of type 2 diabetes.