CV Starr Fellow Alexander Nectow receives American Diabetes Association award

CV Starr Fellow Alexander Nectow has been given a 2018 Pathway to Stop Diabetes Award to investigate the relationship between brainstem neurons and energy balance. for his research project titled “Investigation of Brainstem Neurons Regulating Energy Balance.”

Pathway launched in 2013 and has awarded more than $47 million to 29 leading scientists to pursue transformative diabetes-related research. Each awardee is selected from a highly competitive applicant pool of only one nominee per institution; approximately 100 applications are received each year.

Notable scientific contributions by Pathway awardees include efforts to develop a disposable continuous glucose monitoring patch, identification of links between sense of smell and body weight, and advancements to optimize a novel drug delivery approach to enhance wound healing—and reduce amputations—in diabetes.

Pathway grant recipients are selected by the ADA’s Mentor Advisory Group—eminent scientists from diabetes and other fields who review the core elements of exceptional science in picking an awardee: rigorous thought processes, keen intellect, and capacity for innovation, creativity and productivity. The advisors also provide the Pathway grant recipients with mentorship and scientific and professional guidance during their grant’s term. In addition to the substantial and flexible financial support and mentorship, Pathway provides grant recipients with networks for communication and collaboration, special symposia and speaking engagements, and unique collaborative opportunities that will accelerate the advancement and translation of their science, and lead to breakthrough discoveries.

“More than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and millions more are at risk. Research into new treatments can help people avoid the complications that so often accompany diabetes,” said Dara Schuster, MD, senior director of U.S. Medical Affairs, Lilly Diabetes. “The Pathway to Stop Diabetes research grant program may lead to important and innovative research that can help people living with diabetes. Lilly Diabetes is pleased to support the efforts of these talented scientists."

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