Endocrine Society Announces 2013 Laureate Award Winners

Aaron Lohr
Director, Media Relations
Phone: (240) 482-1380
Email: alohr@endo-society.org

Chevy Chase, MD—The Endocrine Society is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Laureate Awards. The awards were established in 1944 to recognize the highest achievements in endocrinology including: science, leadership, teaching and service. This year’s Laureate Awards will be presented at ENDO 2013, the 95th Annual Meeting & Expo, being held June 15-18, in San Francisco, CA.

The Endocrine Society’s 2013 Laureate Award winners are:

  • Doris Stoffers, MD, PhD – Ernst Oppenheimer Award. This annual award is presented to young investigators in recognition of accomplishments in the field of basic or clinical endocrinology. Stoffers is an outstanding physician-scientist whose ground-breaking research has illuminated our current understanding of the pathogenesis of inherited as well as acquired forms of diabetes. Stoffers resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Michael Thorner, MBBS, DSc – Fred Conrad Koch Award. This annual award recognizes exceptional contributions to endocrinology and includes a $25,000 honorarium. Thorner is one of the world’s foremost clinical neuroendocrinologists and a renowned basic and clinical investigator of neurohormonal mechanisms of disease. He identified a human pancreatic tumor causing acromegaly, from which the long-sought growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) was isolated, sequenced and cloned. As a result of Thorner’s work, medical treatment is now the standard of care for prolactin-secreting tumors. Thorner resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Gary Hammer, MD, PhD – Edwin B. Astwood Award Lecture. This annual award recognizes outstanding research in endocrinology.  Hammer is a world leader in adrenal developmental biology and adrenal cancer, and has become a major force in endocrinology. His work provided essential groundwork for the characterization of adrenocortical stem/progenitor cells and the importance of associated genes networks in adrenal hypoplasia and tumorigenesis. Hammer resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Michael McDermott, MD – Distinguished Physician Award. This annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to the practice of clinical endocrinology. McDermott’s wide clinical expertise and marvelous ability to communicate complex subjects has led to many awards including the Peter Forsham Award for Military Endocrinology, the American College of Physician Laureate Award, the Physician of the Year at the University of Colorado Hospital and the Most Influential Physicians in the United States for Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. He has over 100 scholarly works spanning basic to clinical science.  McDermott resides in Aurora, Colorado.
  • Tony Lam, PhD – Richard E. Weitzman Memorial Award. This annual award recognizes an exceptionally promising young clinical or basic investigator. Lam’s major, independent scientific contribution has been the elucidation of the role of a novel neurohumeral signaling pathway connecting gut, brain and liver, which plays a critical role in glucose homeostasis.  After making his initial observations that nutrient sensing in the gut results in suppression of hepatic glucose production, Dr. Lam has systematically dissected this pathway, providing further insights into the molecular regulation of how the intestine communicates with the brain to regulate fuel production and disposal. Lam resides in Toronto, Canada.
  • Mitchell Lazar, MD, PhD – Gerald D. Aurbach Award Lecture. This annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to research in endocrinology. Lazar's pioneering studies range from the discovery of novel thyroid hormone receptor isoforms and the orphan receptor Rev-erb alpha to his de-orphanization of Rev-erb alpha by the identification of its physiologic ligand, heme. His work led to the discovery of the novel diabetogenic hormone resistin. Lazar resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
  • Steven Kahn, MB, ChB – Clinical Investigator Award Lecture. This annual award honors an internationally recognized clinical investigator who has contributed significantly to the pathogenesis, pathophysiology and therapy of endocrine diseases. Kahn’s studies have included the demonstration in humans of the normal relationship between insulin sensitivity and insulin release that resulted in a paradigm shift in interpreting ß-cell function and helped bring to the fore the critical role of ß-cell dysfunction in disturbances of glucose metabolism. Kahn resides in Seattle, Washington.
  • Donald McDonnell, PhD – Roy O. Greep Award Lecture. This annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to research in endocrinology. In pioneering the pharmacological exploitation of nuclear receptors as therapeutic targets, McDonnell’s work has led to the discovery of important drugs that modulate estrogen, androgen, and orphan nuclear receptors in unique ways to achieve optimal tissue-selective actions of these receptors in cancer, and in bone, cardiovascular, and reproductive tissues. McDonnell resides in Durham, North Carolina.
  • John Funder, MD, PhD – Robert H. Williams Distinguished Leadership Award. This annual award recognizes outstanding leadership in fundamental or clinical endocrinology. With more than 500 publications, and over 200 invited international presentations, Funder’s research on aldosterone and mineralocorticoid receptors is at the forefront in defining their important pathophysiologic roles in cardiovascular endocrinology. He has been outstanding in mentoring clinical and laboratory research trainees in Australia, America, France, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, China and Japan. Funder resides in Clayton, Australia.
  • Mark Molitch, MD – Distinguished Educator Award. This annual award recognizes exceptional achievement as an educator in the discipline of endocrinology and metabolism. Molitch has been a translator of new advances in the field of endocrinology to educate students, housestaff, fellows and colleagues since 1975 through his lectures and writing. He has published over 125 original articles and over 200 reviews and book chapters. He has recently overseen the growth and diversity of new educational formats as chair of Clinical Endocrinology Update. Molitch resides in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Irving Spitz, DSc, MD, FRCP – Sidney H. Ingbar Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes distinguished service in the field of endocrinology. Spitz completed toxicity studies skillfully organized the delicate and sensitive U.S. clinical trials that proved the efficacy and safety of the combination of RU486 (mifepristone) plus prostaglandin for termination of pregnancy. Because of the FDA's excellent reputation, approval for this regimen in the United States also led to the swift spread to nations around the world.  Spitz resides in Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Steven Nagelberg, MD – Outstanding Clinical Practitioner Award. Established in 2011, the Outstanding Clinical Practitioner Award is presented in recognition of extraordinary contributions by a practicing endocrinologist to the endocrine and/or medical community. He is widely known in the Philadelphia medical community for his clinical expertise in endocrinology.  His peers have repeatedly voted him to Philadelphia Magazine’s “Top Docs” list. He has been an almost constant contributor to the American Board of Internal Medicine for the past 22 years, having served six years as Physician Secretary for the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Subspecialty Board followed by six years as a Board Member (the first full time practitioner to be chosen for this post) and then a three year term as the Chair of the Committee for Recent Advances in Endocrinology.  Nagelberg resides in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. 
  • Berenice de Mendonça, MD – International Excellence Award. This award is presented to an endocrinologist who has made exceptional contributions to endocrinology in their own country and/or internationally. Mendonça is a pioneer of translational molecular endocrinology in the areas of disorders of sex development, adrenal tumors, puberty disorders and pituitary dysfunction. Her publication record speaks for itself, both in terms of her laboratory’s original research as well as collaborations with leading research groups around the world. One of her most important achievements was to create and to coordinate a unique and pioneer multidisciplinary group in Brazil and in Latin America, for the assistance and research of sex disorders.Mendonça resides in Sao Paolo, Brazil.


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Founded in 1916, The Endocrine Society is the world's oldest, largest, and most active organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology. Today, The Endocrine Society's membership consists of over 15,000 scientists, physicians, educators, nurses and students in more than 100 countries. Together, these members represent all basic, applied, and clinical interests in endocrinology. The Endocrine Society is based in Chevy Chase, Md. To learn more about the Society, and the field of endocrinology, visit our web site at www.endo-society.org.