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Symposium To Honor NIDDK's Gorden

A scientific symposium, "The Human Face of Science: A Tribute to Phillip Gorden, M.D.," will honor the NIDDK director's accomplished career at NIH on Monday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. in the Natcher Conference Center. As a diabetes researcher, clinical director in the NIDDK Division of Intramural Research, and, for the past 13 years, director of NIDDK, Gorden has combined a keen interest in basic research with a special commitment to applying state-of-the art knowledge to alleviate human suffering from disease. In his 33-year career, he mentored many young investigators who admired his astute clinician's skill, wide-ranging knowledge and practical approach to problem solving.

Dr. Phillip Gorden

"Phil has been an outstanding role model for physician scientists. His main goal has always been to cure sick people, and to ease suffering when cure isn't possible. For Phil, the commitment to medical research comes from being a compassionate physician helping his patients. In addition, he has always been a loyal friend and supportive mentor to his colleagues," said Dr. Simeon Taylor, symposium organizer and chief of NIDDK's Diabetes Branch.

The symposium will highlight Gorden's many scientific contributions, which span the field of endocrinology: insulin action, receptor-mediated endocytosis, pathophysiology and epidemiology of type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and obesity, islet cell defects in type 2 diabetes, prevention and treatment of diabetes and its complications, hormonal resistance states, and multiple endocrine neoplasia. Featured speakers include Drs. Peter Bennett (NIDDK); Jean-Louis Carpentier (University of Geneva); Jeffrey Flier (Beth-Israel Deaconness Hospital); C. Ronald Kahn (Joslin Diabetes Center); David Nathan (Massachusetts General Hospital); Jesse Roth (scientist emeritus, NIDDK); Allen Spiegel (NIDDK); Simeon Taylor (NIDDK); and Roger Unger (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center).

A reception for Gorden will take place in the Natcher Conference Center foyer after the symposium at 4:40 p.m.

To register for the symposium, call (301) 493-9674.

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