Press release

American Diabetes Association® Announces Recipients of Four 2019 Professional Interest Group Awards

April 30, 2019 | Arlington, Virginia

Top researchers, clinicians and educators will be recognized at the 79th Scientific Sessions for outstanding leadership and work to advance diabetes research, prevention, care and treatment

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is proud to announce the recipients of the ADA’s four 2019 Professional Interest Group Awards. Individually and collectively, their exemplary leadership, mentorship and achievements have advanced the field of diabetes care and improved health outcomes for people with diabetes.

“The recipients of this year’s Professional Interest Group Awards have each made significant contributions to advancing our understanding of diabetes. Their innovative work has given us the tools to improve the lives of millions of people living with and affected by diabetes,” said William T. Cefalu, MD, Chief Scientific, Medical and Mission Officer of the ADA. “We congratulate each one of them on their extraordinary accomplishments and thank them for their ongoing commitment to improving the lives of people with diabetes.”

The following leaders will be recognized at the ADA’s 79th Scientific Sessions, to be held June 7-11, 2019, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. Award winners will present award lectures, as noted.

Richard R. Rubin Award
Frank J. Snoek, PhD
Professor and Head of the Department of Medical Psychology at Amsterdam University Medical Centers in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Chair of the Diabetes Psychology Research Group
Richard R. Rubin Award Lecture: #DiabetesPsychologyMatters, Saturday, June 8

Roger Pecoraro Award
James S. Wrobel, DPM, MS
Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes at the University of Michigan and Staff Podiatrist at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Roger Pecoraro Award Lecture: Artificial Intelligence for Predicting Diabetes-Related Foot Ulcer Outcomes, Saturday, June 8

Norbert Freinkel Award
Assiamira Ferrara, MD, PhD
Associate Director of the Division of Research at Kaiser Permanente Northern California and Director of the Diabetes and Obesity Prevention Core at the Center for Diabetes Translation Research
Norbert Freinkel Award Lecture: Translating Research on Diabetes and Obesity in Pregnancy into Prevention, Sunday, June 9

Edwin Bierman Award
Peter Rossing, MD, DMSc
Head of Complications Research and Chief Physician at Steno Diabetes Center in Copenhagen, Denmark
Edwin Bierman Award Lecture: Linking Kidney and Cardiovascular Complications—Impact on Prognosis and Treatment, Monday, June 10

The American Diabetes Association’s 79th Scientific Sessions, the world’s largest scientific meeting focused on diabetes research, prevention and care, will be held June 7-11, 2019, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. More than 11,000 leading physicians, scientists and health care professionals from around the world are expected to convene at the Scientific Sessions to unveil cutting-edge research, treatment recommendations and advances toward a cure for diabetes. During the five-day meeting, attendees will receive exclusive access to more than 850 presentations and 2,000 original research presentations, participate in provocative and engaging exchanges with leading diabetes experts, and can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) or Continuing Education (CE) credits for educational sessions. The program is grouped into eight thematic areas: Acute and Chronic Complications; Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Education and Exercise; Clinical Diabetes/Therapeutics; Epidemiology/Genetics; Immunology/Transplantation; Insulin Action/Molecular Metabolism; Integrated Physiology/Obesity; and Islet Biology/Insulin Secretion. Gretchen Youssef, MS, RDN, CDE, President of Health Care and Education, will deliver her address, “It’s All about Access!,” on Saturday, June 8, and Louis H. Philipson, MD, PhD, FACP, President of Medicine and Science, will address attendees on Sunday, June 9. Join the Scientific Sessions conversation on social media using #ADA2019.

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, About the American Diabetes Association

Every day more than 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in America. Nearly 115 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are striving to manage their lives while living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive. For nearly 80 years the ADA has been driving discovery and research to treat, manage and prevent diabetes, while working relentlessly for a cure. We help people with diabetes thrive by fighting for their rights and developing programs, advocacy and education designed to improve their quality of life. Diabetes has brought us together. What we do next will make us Connected for Life. To learn more or to get involved, visit us at or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Join the fight with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).