A central mission of the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center and the Vanderbilt DRTC is training the next generation of scientists and physicians who will improve the lives of patients with diabetes. Each year the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center presents the Vanderbilt Scholar in Diabetes Award to recognize a graduate student and a postdoctoral fellow based on his/her diabetes-related research at Vanderbilt.
In the Ph.D. post-doctoral fellow category, the 2012 Vanderbilt Scholar in Diabetes is Lindsay Mayberry, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow working with Chandra Osborn, Ph.D., MPH, Tom Elasy, M.D., MPH, and Russell Rothman, M.D., MPP, is the project coordinator for a study examining how technology can be used to assist with medication adherence in patients with type 2 diabetes. She is also investigating the role of family support on patient outcomes during the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
In the graduate student category, the 2012 Vanderbilt Scholar in Diabetes is Jeffrey Bonner, current student in the laboratory of David Wasserman, Ph.D., has focused on understanding the role of blood vessels in muscle insulin resistance. Using a mouse model, he has demonstrated that reduced muscle capillaries can lead to reduced glucose uptake and muscle insulin resistance.
The 2012 Robert Hall Award for Service to the Diabetes Center, an award named in memory of Rob Hall, Ph.D., a longtime member of the Diabetes Center and the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, was awarded to Richard Printz, Ph.D., directs the Molecular and Cellular Biology Core in the Diabetes Center, which provides infrastructure for a broad range of research efforts, and he has recently overseen the renovation and reorganization of the core.