Abel Elected to National Academy of Medicine

As many of you have probably heard, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is getting a new member from Iowa.

E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, has been elected to membership in the NAM effective October 19, 2015. He is the Chair and Departmental Executive Officer of the Department of Internal Medicine, John B. Stokes III Professor in Diabetes Research, professor of internal medicine and biochemistry, director of the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, and director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center.

Dr. Abel, a world-renowned leader in diabetes research and a national leader and mentor in the endocrine and diabetes community, has been a faculty member of the UI Carver College of Medicine since 2013.

The National Academy of Medicine (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine) is both an honorific membership organization and a policy research organization. The NAM elects no more than 70 regular members and 10 international members annually. For those who have made extraordinary contributions in their field, NAM membership reflects the height of professional achievement and commitment to service.

The Academies are private, nonprofit institutions that operate outside of the U.S. federal government framework and are comprised of volunteer scientists, leading national, and international experts, elected on the basis of their professional achievement and commitment to service in Institute affairs. The academy aims to provide unbiased, evidence-based, and authoritative information and advice concerning health and science policy to policy-makers, professionals, leaders in every sector of society, and the public at large in its mission to serve as adviser to the nation to improve health. Many of the studies that the NAM undertakes are requested by federal agencies and independent organizations; others begin as specific mandates from Congress, most aiming to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine.

This distinct honor is bestowed upon Dr. Abel for years of scientific achievement and relentless commitment to diabetes research.  His diabetes research has been nationally and internationally recognized, and it is this research, as well as his work as a strong role model for students and medical residents, that has made him worthy of this distinction. 

Dr. Abel expresses his deep appreciation for the support that he has received from colleagues and supporters of the FOEDRC and credits some of this recognition to the spectacular community at the University of Iowa that he is privileged to serve.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016