Diabetes UK honour Glasgow academic

Issued: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 09:20:00 BST

Naveed Sattar, Professor of Metabolic Medicine at Glasgow, has won a prestigious prize in recognition for his group’s cutting edge research into Diabetes.

Professor Sattar, has been honoured with the Dorothy Hodgkin Lecture Award, for his groups’ "many important contributions" in the field of novel markers in diabetes, which have led to "potentially clinically useful insights in the treatment and pathogenesis of the condition".

The Dorothy Hodgkin Lecture Award is awarded by Diabetes UK to a person internationally recognised for the contribution to basic research in the field of diabetes.

Professor Sattar’s lecture on the subject of biomarkers will take place next March at the Diabetes UK national conference.

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin OM FRS (1910–1994), known as the 'crystallographer's crystallographer', has been described as one of the most outstanding scientists – and personalities – of the 20th century.

Professor Sattar said he was honoured to receive the award.

"In many ways the area of biomarkers in diabetes fits the tag of 'basic' research perhaps in a similar way to determining new genetic risk factors for diabetes – with prediction and pathogenesis considerations," he said.

"In receiving this award, the work of my group (and many local and national collaborators) into this field of research has been judged by peers to be important. This is a tremendous compliment to our endeavours.

"However my work extends beyond biomarkers to trials in areas of cardiovascular disease and obesity and a number of other areas, but the key principle in relation to biomarkers is that we have attempted, wherever possible, to place ‘basic’ biomarker research into a clinical context, or stimulated further work."

Diabetes UK is the largest organisation in the country working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition.

For more media information please contact Eleanor Cowie, Media Relations Officer, on 0141 330 3683 or e.cowie@admin.gla.ac.uk

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