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NIA's Andres Receives Renold Award for Diabetes Research

By Jeannine Mjoseth

NIA's Dr. Reubin Andres received the American Diabetes Association's 2000 Albert Renold Award on June 12.

Chief of the metabolism section in the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation, Andres received the award for his outstanding achievement in the training of diabetes research scientists and the facilitation of diabetes research. He received the award, established in honor of renowned diabetologist Prof. Albert Renold (1923-1988), in San Antonio not far from Dallas, his hometown.

Dr. Reubin Andres

"It is a source of great pleasure for me that so many of the investigators who came to me at an early stage of their careers have gone on to highly successful careers of their own," said Andres, noting that the incoming ADA President Robert Sherwin is an alumnus of his laboratory.

Andres blazed the trail for other diabetes researchers with his invention of the glucose insulin clamp, which revolutionized knowledge of tissue sensitivity to insulin. The elegant technique, for which he won the 1993 Rank Prize for Nutrition at the Royal Society in London, solved the decades-long problem of quantifying insulin sensitivity and insulin secretion in human beings. Andres, who is also a professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, cites his clamp and his seven grandchildren as his two proudest achievements.

An expert in obesity and diabetes, Andres views himself as "infamous" for suggesting in the 1980's that a modest weight gain from early adult years to middle age might not be inappropriate. Since 1962, he has conducted research on general metabolic changes with age, especially in glucose and insulin metabolism for the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging.

Andres also is influencing the youngest members of the research community as he mentors summer interns such as Shawn Rose, a native of Pembroke Pines, Fla. Rose, who received an NIA Intramural Research Training Award, credits Andres with his increasing interest in aging and obesity research.

"From a selfish standpoint, it's extremely enjoyable to be associated with these young people," Andres said. "It's not at all a one-way street. It is enormously stimulating for me."

Bennett Receives Georg Medal

Dr. John Bennett (r), head of the clinical mycology section of the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation, NIAID, was awarded the Lucille Georg medal at the recent meeting of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Georg medal is the highest award given in medical mycology, and is accompanied by a $1,500 prize and a bronze medal.

NIGMS Recognizes Two

At the annual NIGMS awards ceremony recently, institute director Dr. Marvin Cassman (c) recognized two employees with the NIH Award of Merit. Lowell Matthews (l), a computer specialist in the Information Resources Management Branch, was cited for his contributions in designing, implementing and maintaining the institute's computing environment. Alison Davis (r), a science writer in the Office of Communications and Public Liaison, was cited for her contributions to the institute's public information program and for her exceptional efforts in support of the NIGMS pharmacogenetics initiative. The NIH Award of Merit is the highest honor that can be granted by an IC director.

NIH Communicators Lauded by NAGC

The National Association of Government Communicators recognized the quality of several NIH media products at its annual awards program, held recently in Alexandria, Va. The NAGC's national competition has two main categories: Gold Screen Awards, which honor video and audio productions, and Blue Pencil Awards, which reward fine writing.

In the former category, NICHD's "When Stars Read," won first place in the Public Service Program class. Also placing first in the Public Service Announcement/Radio class was "Is Your Memory Playing Tricks on You?", a production of NIA.

In the Blue Pencil segment of the competition, NIMH had a second-place winner in the Conference Materials category with "Science on Our Minds," a set of more than 20 1-page briefing papers on key mental health issues, mental disorders and their treatment, and advances in brain research. NIMH won first place in the Home Page competition for its web site, which garners some 6.5 million hits per month. And completing the trifecta, NIMH earned an honorable mention in the CD-ROM category for its 6-minute computer-animated video, The Brain's Inner Workings. Narrated by Leonard Nimoy, this video takes university students to brain functions at the microscopic level.

Winning an honorable mention in the Promotional Campaigns category was "Wise Ears," an effort by NIDCD to combat noise-induced hearing loss.

The NAGC competition draws hundreds of entries each year from communication professionals.

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