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The Lacy Medal Award is named for Dr. Paul Eston Lacy, a pathologist who pioneered islet transplantation in the treatment of diabetes at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.

6th Annual Lacy Medalist: Gerold G. Grodsky, Ph.D.
"Insulin-Secretion Kinetics:
An Historical Look into the Future"

Thursday, May 23, 2013
5:45–7:00 pm

D. Dan and Betty Kahn Auditorium
A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science
    Research Building (BSRB)
University of Michigan
109 Zina Pitcher Place
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Dr. Grodsky is Professor Emeritus (Active) at the University of California-San Francisco Diabetes Center.

gerold g. grodsky, phdDr. Gerold Grodsky received his BS and MS in biochemistry from the University of Illinois (1947, 1948), his PhD in biochemistry from UC, Berkeley, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Cambridge University (1956). He joined the faculty of University of California-San Francisco in 1958, and is now Professor of Biochemistry & Medicine (Emeritus, Active).

Dr. Grodsky is currently a consultant to laboratories in the Diabetes Center at UCSF and is a Founding Associate Editor of the journal Diabetes Science and Technology. He has published over 240 papers, has been an invited lecturer in more than 25 countries, and has served on the editorial boards of numerous diabetes and endocrinology journals.

Dr. Grodsky was the developer of the first precipitating radio immunoassay (insulin). His research has focused on the mechanisms involved in the synthesis, storage and secretion of insulin, with an emphasis on the kinetics and quantitative relationships of these mechanisms. From these studies also came the description of the fast and slow phases of insulin release, and the hypothesis that insulin is stored in compartments of differing availability. The rapid phase of insulin release was shown to be one of the first defects in the early onset of diabetes. He is now active in the development of the algorithms required for a practical artificial pancreas.

Dr. Grodsky was a NIH Merit Awardee and a recipient of the R.H. Williams/R. Levine Award. Since 1994, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation-International gives an Annual Gerold Grodsky Award for basic research in diabetes. In 2004, the Western Region Islet Study Group initiated the Annual Gerold M. Grodsky Distinguished Scientist Lecture. In 2004, the UCSF Diabetes Center created the Annual Gerold Grodsky Lectureship and, in 2008, he received its Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011, an endowed Gerold Grodsky Chair (Professorship) was created by UCSF.