The prize is the highest scientific honor from the American Diabetes Association and is awarded annually “to honor highly meritorious career achievement in the field of diabetes research.” The award was inaugurated in 1941 in memory of Sir Frederick Banting, a Canadian medical scientist, doctor and Nobel laureate who was one of the key investigators to discover insulin.
Bell will receive the award and deliver the Banting Lecture at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions on June 23, 2013, in Chicago. He is the fourth scientist from the University of Chicago to win the award:
“I’m honored that I was selected,” Bell said. “It’s more significant in that I’m the fourth faculty member from the University of Chicago to have received it. It puts me in some pretty distinguished company.”
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