Diabetes researcher receives career award

It is with pleasure that I inform you that Dr. Constantin Polychronakos, Director of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, is a recipient of the Career Scientist Award of Excellence 2008 of the Foundation of Stars, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of child health research.

Since 1983, Dr. Polychronakos has been a clinician scientist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, where he conducts an internationally recognized research program concerned with understanding the complex genetic basis of diabetes. His efforts have resulted recently in the discovery of seven new genes for type 1 and type 2 diabetes.  These results led to two publications in the prestigious journal Nature, one of which placed fifth in citations for 2007 worldwide among all scientific disciplines.

Dr. Polychronkos is now addressing the next frontier, the discovery of rare genetics variants which will be utilized not only to detect high diabetes risk, but also to tailor interventions to the patient’s genetic profile to optimize treatment (personalized medicine).

This award will be officially presented at the Foundation’s “Bal des merveilles” on October 9, 2008 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

Jacquetta Trasler, MD, PhD
Associate Director for Pediatric Research
The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center