Cambridge researchers receive top prize

Double honour as Cambridge researchers receive most prestigious awards from the American Diabetes Association

Dr. Sadaf Farooqi, left. Sir Stephen O’Rahilly right

This year, the American Diabetes Association has awarded its two most prestigious scientific honours to researchers from the Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science (IMS) and NIHR Cambridge BRC – both researchers use the NIHR Cambridge CRF for their research.

Each has been recognised for important insights resulting from their research in humans with rare, extreme disturbances of energy balance, body weight and metabolism.

Sir Stephen O’Rahilly, co-Director of the IMS and Director of the IMS – Metabolic Research Laboratories (IMS-MRL) and theme lead for the NIHR Cambridge BRC, was awarded the Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement which recognises significant, long-term contributions to the understanding, treatment or prevention of diabetes.

Dr. Sadaf Farooqi, also of the IMS-MRL and NIHR Cambridge BRC researcher, received the Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award, given in recognition of research that demonstrates particular independence of thought and originality.

The awards, rarely made to two scientists from a single academic institution, was recognised at the 79th Scientific Sessions of the ADA in San Francisco, California in June.

In addition to the Banting Medal, Sir Stephen O’Rahilly was honoured with two new awards – an honorary Fellowship of the Learned Society of Wales and the Galen Medal of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries. The Society’s most prestigious award was instituted by the Society in 1925 for valuable services or contributions rendered to the science of therapeutics.

The NIHR CRF currently supports the delivery of a number of clinical research studies led by Prof O’Rahilly and Prof Farooqi within CCRC. Congratulations to them both!

Taken from the American Diabetes Association and Cambridge Clinical School