Welch Center Core Faculty member Associate Professor Elizabeth Selvin, PhD, MPH, has been notified that she has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Harry Keen Memorial Award. The award, given by the International Diabetes Epidemiology Group "recognizes outstanding young investigators who have made a significant impact on the field of diabetes epidemiology." Impact is judged by several criteria, including outstanding contributions to the field of diabetes epidemiology through productivity and impact of research, significant accomplishments in mentorship and teaching in the subject area, and notable leadership roles in national or international initiatives.
Dr. Selvin will give the Harry Keen Memorial Lecture in Melbourne, Australia, at the International Diabetes Federation meeting on December 1, 2013. Dr. Harry Keen, the English physician for whom the award is named, died earlier this year after a long career as a major contributor to research in diabetes and its treatment. According to his obituary in The Guardian, he “was unusual in combining laboratory research, epidemiology and clinical medicine in his career, which was mostly spent in the department of medicine at Guy's Hospital in London.” Thus the award in his name honors diabetes epidemiologists who display similarly multi-faceted achievements.
Dr. Selvin reports that she is touched by her colleagues’ efforts in nominating her for this award and that she is honored to be its inaugural recipient. Several colleagues who have already heard the good news are unanimous in characterizing her award as well-deserved.
Congratulations, Dr. Selvin!