At last fall's Annual Meeting of the Western Regional Islet Group, the first newly announced Dr. Gerold M. Grodsky Distinguished Scientist Award and Lectureship was given to none other than its namesake, UCSF's Dr. Gerold M. Grodsky. This annual award was created in recognition of his pioneering and continuing scientific contributions in the areas of islet-cell physiology and insulin secretion.
Dr. Grodsky's lecture was entitled, "Insulin Secretion, an Historical Perspective." The Western Regional Islet Group is made up of the scientists, clinicians and students throughout the western United States whose major research interests focus on islet-cell hormones and the factors affecting their development and function.
Dr. Grodsky is a UCSF Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Medicine (Emeritus, Active). He received his PhD at UC Berkeley and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Cambridge University, England. Dr. Grodsky has published more than 225 articles, predominately dealing with regulation of insulin synthesis/secretion, and has been an invited lecturer in over 25 countries. He is the recipient of many research awards, including the Rumbaugh Award of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and a Merit Award of the National Institutes of Public Health. He has served as Research Chairman of the Advisory Board for Diabetes to the Secretary of Health and on the editorial boards of numerous journals; he is the founding Advisory Editor of the recently created journal, “Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics”. Since 1994, the JDRF gives an Annual Gerold Grodsky Award for basic research in diabetes. This past year, the award was presented to Jeffrey A. Bluestone, PhD, Director of the Diabetes Center at UCSF.
On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Diabetes Center, we extend our sincerest congratulations to you, Dr. Grodsky, on this well-deserved award. And on behalf of diabetes patients and their families everywhere, we thank you for your lifetime of dedication to diabetes research and your extraordinary record of discovery.