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Finegood wins Banting award

October 30, 2008

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The Canadian Diabetes Association has honoured kinesiology professor Diane Finegood (right) with its 2008 Frederick G. Banting Award for her contributions to the study of obesity and diabetes.

The annual award, named after the Canadian Nobel laureate who co-discovered insulin, recognizes significant contributions to the prevention of diabetes or to improving the quality of life of those with the disease.

Finegood is the founding scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMB). She has spent most of the past decade steering the INMB’s work and focusing its resources on Canada’s obesity epidemic, including its impact on diabetes.

"I am honoured to receive this award in recognition of the work the institute has done to help build Canadian research relevant to obesity and diabetes," says Finegood, who received the award during the association’s annual conference held in Montreal Oct 15-18.

Finegood is internationally renowned for her seminal research on the onset of juvenile and adult diabetes. A chemical and biomedical engineer, and a physiologist, she uses sophisticated mathematical models to track the turnover of cells in the development of diabetes.

Under her leadership the INMB has launched several initiatives, including Canada on the Move. The project was launched in 2004 to encourage Canadians to "donate their steps" to health research by submitting information about their physical activity to a website. She has a particular interest in curbing childhood obesity.

Finegood says it’s a privilege to be involved in work that advances research and knowledge translation that can potentially help the millions of Canadians affected by diabetes.
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