Professional Membership Award Recipients | American Diabetes Association

Congratulations 2023 Interest Group Award Recipients! 


Edwin Bierman Lecture Award

Elizabeth J. Parks, PhD, is the recipient of the 2023 Edwin Bierman Award. This award recognizes a leading scientist who has made outstanding contributions in the field of diabetes-related macrovascular complications and related risk factors. Dr. Parks will deliver the Edwin Bierman Award Lecture on Friday, June 23 at ADA’s 83rd Scientific Sessions. 

Dr. Parks is a professor of medicine in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and Department of Medicine, both in the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri. She also serves as associate director of the Clinical Translational Science Unit and as an investigator in the university’s NextGen Precision Health Initiative. Her research focuses on understanding how food is processed in the body to benefit health and how it can also contribute to the progression of diseases such as obesity, prediabetes, and diabetes.   

Over the past 24 years, Dr. Parks has developed methods using stable isotopes, mass spectrometry, and mathematical modeling to discover how the body switches metabolism from the fasting to the fed state.  Her laboratory’s seminal contributions have included understanding the fate of dietary sugars that can be made into fat in the liver significantly contributing to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Her current research is discovering the mechanisms by which weight loss and exercise can lead to the resolution of NASH and diabetes.  

Please join us in celebrating Elizabeth J. Parks, PhD, for outstanding contributions in the field of diabetes-related macrovascular complications. 


Norbert Freinkel Lecture Award

Helen R. Murphy, MBBChBAO, MD, FRACP, is the recipient of the 2023 Norbert Freinkel Award. This award honors a researcher who has made outstanding contributions to the understanding and treatment of diabetes in pregnancy. Dr. Murphy will deliver the Norbert Freinkel Award Lecture on Sunday, June 25 at ADA’s 83rd Scientific Sessions.  

Currently a professor of medicine (Diabetes and Antenatal Care) at the University of East Anglia and a practicing clinician at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust, Cambridge University NHS Foundation Trust, Dr. Murphy runs a diabetes pregnancy research program that supports women with diabetes to achieve the pregnancy glucose targets. She co-led the CONCEPTT Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) trial, which demonstrated health benefits for mothers with type 1 diabetes and their newborns, as well as the potential for substantial health care cost savings. 

Dr. Murphy works with a multidisciplinary team of diabetes and obstetric clinicians, engineers, and social scientists to develop and evaluate closed-loop insulin delivery systems. She also serves as clinical lead for the National Pregnancy in Diabetes (NPID) audit, which is the largest population-based study in diabetes pregnancy. Data from NPID directly informs national health care policy, highlighting the urgent need to improve glycemic management in type 2 diabetes pregnancy. 

Please join us in celebrating Helen R. Murphy, MB, BCh, BAO, MD, FRACP, for outstanding contributions to the understanding and treatment of diabetes in pregnancy. 


Roger Pecoraro Lecture Award

Tze-Woei Tan, MBBS, MPH, FACS, is the recipient of the 2023 Roger Pecoraro Award. This award recognizes a researcher who has made scientific contributions and demonstrates an untiring commitment to improving the understanding of the detection, treatment, and prevention of diabetic foot complications. Dr. Tan will deliver the Roger Pecoraro Award Lecture on Saturday, June 24 at ADA’s 83rd Scientific Sessions. 

Currently an associate professor of surgery and co-director of the Limb Preservation Program at Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, Dr. Tan has dedicated his career to addressing health disparities in persons at risk of limb loss. He is currently funded by NIH on studies addressing health equity in people with diabetes-related foot complications.  

Dr. Tan has extensive clinical experience in minimally-invasive procedures and open surgery to treat peripheral artery disease. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Tan has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and 20 book chapters. He has received several awards from the American Diabetes Association including the 80th Scientific Sessions Presidents’ Select Abstract Presentation Award and 2022 Early Career Abstract Award.

Please join us in recognizing Tze-Woei Tan, MBBS, MPH, FACS, for his contributions and commitment to improving the understanding of detection, treatment, and prevention of diabetic foot complications. 


Richard R. Rubin Lecture Award

Deborah Young-Hyman, PhD, FTOS, FSBM, CDCES, is the recipient of the 2023 Richard R. Rubin Lecture Award. Dr. Young-Hyman received a BA (Psychology) from the University of Michigan, MA/PhD (Clinical Psychology), Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University and training in Psychoendocrinology, Department of Pediatric Endocrinology, Buffalo Children’s Hospital. Dr. Young-Hyman was faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, LSU School of Medicine, the Departments of Pediatric and Adult Endocrinology, University Maryland School of Medicine, and Georgia Prevention Institute, Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Young-Hyman will deliver the Richard R. Rubin Award Lecture on Friday, June 23 at ADA’s 83rd Scientific Sessions. 

Currently a Health Scientist Administrator, Office of Behavior and Social Sciences, Office of the Director, NIH, she co-leads the Behavior Maintenance Work Group, Adherence Network at the NIH. Leadership positions have included Director of Training Pediatric Psychology Internship (University of MD School of Medicine); Chair Research Awards Committee and Board Member, Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists; ADA Scientific Sessions Planning Committee - Behavioral Medicine and Psychology; President, Behavioral Research in Diabetes Group Exchange; NIH co-Chair National Collaboration for Childhood Obesity Research, and Professional Membership Advisory Committee (current).  

Dr. Young-Hyman’s contributions to Behavioral Diabetes science and care have focused on the integration of behavioral health into person-centered multidisciplinary team care and treatment approaches addressing the interactions between disease processes, behavior, and psychological mechanisms of action. She co-edited “Psychosocial Care of People with Diabetes” (American Diabetes Association, 2012) and was first author “Psychosocial Care for People with Diabetes: A Position Statement of the American Diabetes Association.” (2016). She has contributed to the ADA Standards of Medical Care (2021, 2022, 2023) as a member of the Professional Practice Committee. 

Please join us in celebrating Deborah Young-Hyman, PhD, FTOS, Fellow SBM, CDCES, for outstanding scientific achievement in the understanding of the behavioral aspects of diabetes.


Congratulations 2023 WIN ADA Award Recipient! 

Ann Albright, PhD, RDN, is the recipient of the 2023 Lois Jovanovic Transformative Woman in Diabetes Award. This award recognizes a woman who has made a significant impact in diabetes care, research, education, or public health. Dr. Albright will give remarks at the Women’s Interprofessional Network of the American Diabetes Association (WIN ADA) reception on Friday, June 23.

Dr. Albright is known for her work in the areas of exercise, nutrition, body composition, diabetes complications, diabetes surveillance, and public health approaches to diabetes prevention and management. As the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Diabetes Translation from 2007 to 2020, she led an expert team working to eliminate the preventable burden of diabetes by translating science into practice.

Prior to her post at CDC, Dr. Albright served as chief of the California Diabetes Program for the California Department of Health Services. During this time, Dr. Albright also held an academic appointment in the Institute for Health and Aging at the University of California, San Francisco, and served as a clinical dietitian in a local county clinic. From 2003 to 2004, Dr. Albright served as the senior health policy advisor in the Office of the United States Surgeon General and led the Secretary of Health’s Diabetes Detection Initiative. Please join us in celebrating Ann Albright, PhD, RDN, for her significant contributions to diabetes care, research, education, and public health.