Edwin Bierman Award

Rama Natarajan, PhD, FAHA, FASN

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Rama Natarajan, PhD, FAHA, FASN, is the recipient of the 2020 Edwin Bierman Award. This award recognizes a leading scientist who has made outstanding contributions to the field of diabetes-related macrovascular complications and related risk factors. Dr. Natarajan will deliver the Edwin Bierman Award Lecture on Saturday, June 13.

Currently, Dr. Natarajan is a professor and chair of the Department of Diabetes Complications and Metabolism at Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope in Duarte, CA. She is a renowned leader in the field of diabetes-related vascular complications and a pioneer in diabetes epigenetics who has made major contributions within these areas.

Dr. Natarajan has published over 200 articles in prestigious journals and received numerous awards. Her research on epigenetics and noncoding RNAs in diabetic vascular complications has been internationally recognized. She was among the first to demonstrate specific epigenetic changes (histone modifications and DNA methylation) and key noncoding RNAs that regulate inflammatory and fibrotic genes related to diabetic vasculopathy. Her remarkable studies also provided clinical evidence that persistent epigenetic changes are associated with the phenomenon of “metabolic memory,” in which periods of prior hyperglycemia predispose people with diabetes to long-term vascular complications despite subsequent glucose control. She also evaluates novel translational approaches for the treatment of diabetic complications.

Dr. Natarajan’s work has been continually funded for over 25 years by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has served in leadership roles in the American Heart Association including chair of the Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Committee and American Society of Nephrology, as well as on peer review and advisory committees for the NIH.

Please join us in celebrating Rama Natarajan, PhD, FAHA, FASN, for outstanding contributions in the understanding of diabetes-related macrovascular complications.