FASEB 2018 Excellence in Science Award Recipient Announced

June 28, 2018

Barbara B. Kahn, MD, will receive the 2019 FASEB Excellence in Science Award. The award recognizes women whose outstanding career achievements in biological science have contributed significantly to the understanding of a particular discipline through scientific achievements, training of students and postdoctoral fellows, and contributions to the broader scientific community. Recipients of this award receive an unrestricted research grant of $10,000 and present a special award lecture at the annual meeting of a FASEB member society of their choosing.

Dr. Kahn is the George R. Minot Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Vice Chair for Research Strategy in the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. One of few physician-scientists to receive this award, Dr. Kahn leads a highly successful research laboratory that has made seminal contributions to understanding the pathogenesis of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
“FASEB is thrilled to honor Dr. Kahn and her myriad research contributions in the field of type 2 diabetes, one of our nation’s most serious health problems,” said FASEB President Thomas O. Baldwin, PhD. “An accomplished physician-scientist, Dr. Kahn has made outstanding contributions to the translation of research from the lab to patients’ bedsides.” 

Dr. Kahn is a member of three FASEB member societies: American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Endocrine Society, and The American Society for Clinical Investigation. In her role planning scientific sessions for Endocrine Society and American Diabetes Association – and as chair of national and international conferences for FASEB and other scientific organizations – she seeks to promote diversity and give junior faculty opportunities in high-visibility positions.

For more on Dr. Kahn, visit the Washington Update. Visit FASEB’s Excellence in Science Award webpage for additional details about the honor, including a list of past recipients.