Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement

Ele Ferrannini, MD

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Ele Ferrannini, MD, is the recipient of the 2020 Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement. This award recognizes significant, long-term contributions to the understanding, treatment or prevention of diabetes. Dr. Ferrannini will present the Banting Medal Lecture on Sunday, June 14.

Currently a senior research associate at the National Research Council (CNR) Institute of Clinical Physiology and professor of medicine at the University of Pisa, Dr. Ferrannini is renowned for his contributions to the fields of insulin resistance and associated disorders (hypertension, dyslipidemia), ß-cell function and dysfunction in vivo, the incretin effect, and the cardiovascular complications of diabetes. Dr. Ferrannini has also done pioneering work in therapeutics, including DPP-4 and SGLT2 inhibition and bariatric surgery.

Dr. Ferrannini’s research initially delved into the phenotyping of human insulin resistance, including sites, degree, and mechanisms. With his longtime associate Dr. Andrea Mari, he next developed a physiologically based mathematical model of ß-cell function, using the dominant role of ß-cell glucose sensitivity in the prediction, development, and treatment of the ß-cell dysfunction in both type 2 and type 1 diabetes. His ultimate vision is to explain diabetes as the result of integrated multiorgan responses that confer to the hyperglycemia the risk of both macro- and microvascular complications.

Dr. Ferrannini’s illustrious contributions have been recognized by prestigious honors including the Claude Bernard Award of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Turku (Finland) and the University of Patras (Greece). He has collaborated with countless eminent colleagues around the world and mentored many scientists.

Please join us in celebrating Dr. Ele Ferrannini, MD, for his outstanding contributions to diabetes research.