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Dr. Fred Brancati Wins Kelly West Award

Dr. BrancatiWelch Center Core Faculty member Fred Brancati, MD, MHS, FACP, has been announced the winner of the 2011 Kelly West Award from the American Diabetes Association.

According to the association, “The Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology is given in memory of Kelly West, widely regarded as the ‘father of diabetes epidemiology.’ Each year, the award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of diabetes epidemiology, including scientific publications and teaching experience.”

Dr. West was a professor of biostatistics and epidemiology who, by the time of this death in 1980, according to his obituary in Diabetologia, had achieved the status of a “proverbial figure. . . . [who had] established his name by the scope and scale of his contributions to knowledge. His were among the earliest attempts to bring order and meaning to unruly and often ill-conceived studies of diabetes causes and consequences in human populations.”

As the 2011 winner of the Kelly West Award, Dr. Brancati will be honored at the American Diabetes Association’s 71st Scientific Sessions, to be held in San Diego. In his reaction to the award, Dr. Brancati wrote, “It is a tribute to the outstanding colleagues and trainees in Epidemiology, Medicine, and the Welch Center who made my scientific work possible. I’ll be proud to represent all three tribes when I give the Kelly West Lecture in San Diego in June.”

Congratulations to Dr. Brancati on being granted this prestigious award!


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