Gian Paolo Fadini, Principal Investigator at VIMM and Associate Professor at the Department of Medicine of the University of Padua, is the winner of the prestigious Minkowski Prize of the European Society for the Study of Diabetes (EASD).
The important recognition is awarded to researchers who have distinguished themselves for having contributed to the advancement of knowledge in the field of diabetes and, excluding career awards, represents the most important recognition awarded each year by the EASD.
The Award, established in 1966, counts the major scientific personalities in the field of metabolism and diabetes in the list of winners and only one other Italian who works in Italy has received the same award in over 50 years: Gianluca Perseghin, now Full Professor of Endocrinology at the University of Milan Bicocca.
The award ceremony of prof. Fadini, which took place in virtual mode during the 56th EASD Annual Meeting, saw the presentation by the researcher of his reading “Should I stay or should I go? The bone marrow and stem cell traffic in diabetes “.
“Receiving one of the most prestigious awards for diabetes research in Europe – said prof. Gianpaolo Fadini – is a great personal honor, a source of pride for the Department of Medicine, for the entire University of Padua and for the Veneto Institute of Molecular Medicine. Thinking that we have really contributed to the advancement of our knowledge on diabetes is the greatest recognition we can aspire to.
For this I want to thank all the collaborators, in the medical staff of the Department and in the experimental diabetes laboratory of the VIMM. Thanks to the coordinated effort in clinical and basic research, our studies on stem cells in diabetes are now recognized by the international scientific community.
Research still has a long way to go in order for our new knowledge to translate into therapeutic realities for patients and we need the support of institutions and funding bodies, as well as the scientific community.
A special thanks goes to prof. Angelo Avogaro, my mentor and current director of Diabetology in Padua, who directed me in this area of research and supported me so far ”, concludes prof. Fadini.