(Düsseldorf, April 30, 2014) On April 25, 2014, within the framework of this year’s annual meeting in Szeged, the Hungarian Diabetes Society presented the international Michael Somogyi Award 2014 to Prof. Dr. Michael Roden, scientific director of the German Diabetes Center (DDZ) and board member of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD).
Since 2008 Professor Michael Roden has been scientific director of the DDZ and director of the Clinic for Endocrinology and Diabetology at Düsseldorf University Hospital. As an internationally recognized diabetes researcher, he is on the editorial board and is reviewer of numerous journals and has published more than 350 original and review articles. Prof. Roden is, inter alia, past president of the Central European Diabetes Association (CEDA/FID), board member and treasurer of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) and board member and speaker of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD). In addition, he has won numerous awards, including the Cardinal Innitzer Award 1999, the Ferdinand Bertram Award 2001, the International Novartis Award for Innovative Patient Oriented Research 2004, the ESCI (formerly Mack-Foster) Award 2006 for Excellence in Clinical Science and the Oskar Minkowski Prize 2006 of the EASD.
The Somogyi Award has been given since 2002 for outstanding work in the field of clinical-experimental research to achieve a better understanding of hypoglycemia in people with diabetes. The award is named in honor of the Hungarian-born chemist (1883-1971), who first described the Somogyi phenomenon, also known as rebound hyperglycemia.