VA San Diego Healthcare System
Robert Henry Receives American Diabetes Association’s Banting Medal for Service
— Henry was Presented with Award at World’s Largest Diabetes Meeting —
Robert Henry, from San Diego, Calif. received the American Diabetes Association’s prestigious Banting Medal for Service. The award was presented at the Association’s 71st Scientific Sessions that took place in San Diego, CA, June 24-28, 2011.
The Banting Medal for Service is presented annually to the American Diabetes Association’s President of Medicine & Science for his or her service to the Association.
"Dr. Henry is an invaluable volunteer for the San Diego Area office of the American Diabetes Association,” said Katie Croskrey, Executive Director, San Diego American Diabetes Association. “His generosity of time and talent is unequaled. It is with great pride that we congratulate Dr. Henry as a recipient of the prestigious Banting Medal for Service.”
Henry currently serves as professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine‚ Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, at the University of California‚ San Diego. He is also chief of the Section on Diabetes‚ Endocrinology‚ and Metabolism, and director of the Center for Metabolic Research at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. Dr. Henry is considered one of the premier investigators in the biochemical and molecular mechanisms of insulin resistance.
Henry’s work with the Association includes a term on the Board of Directors and the Research Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is also a member of the American Diabetes Association’s Pinnacle Society and is past-president of the San Diego Community Leadership Board.
More than 13,000 top scientists, physicians and other health care professionals from around the world will share cutting edge research, treatment recommendations and advances toward a cure for diabetes at the Association’s Scientific Sessions in San Diego.
Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Diabetes contributes to the deaths of more than 231,000 Americans each year. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is more than $174 billion; further published studies suggest that when additional costs for gestational diabetes, pre-diabetes and undiagnosed diabetes are included, the total diabetes-related costs in the United States could exceed $218 billion.
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, its mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.