Proceedings of a symposium to honour mladen vranic for a lifetime of scientific achievements and mentoring

Patricia L. Brubaker, Alan D. Cherrington, Diane T. Finegood, Simon J. Fisher, Adria Giacca, André Marette, Michael C. Riddell, David H. Wasserman

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On April 19, 2010, a symposium was held at the University of Toronto to celebrate the lifetime achievements of Dr. Mladen Vranic, a pioneer in the field of glucose metabolism and a mentor to several generations of scientists who are now working around the globe. Several of Dr. Vranic's many trainees spoke at the symposium, which was attended by numerous colleagues, friends and past and present students. This article is a collation of the presentations made at that symposium, including personal reflections on the remarkable contributions that Dr. Vranic has made during his career, both to science and the scientific community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-187
Number of pages2
JournalCanadian Journal of Diabetes
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2010

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In 1962, a young scientist from Zagreb, Croatia, was recruited as a postdoctoral fellow to the laboratory of Dr. Charles H. Best at the University of Toronto. Dr. Mladen Vranic MD DSc thus launched a career that has now spanned 6 decades. Currently a professor in the Departments of Physiology and Medicine at the University of Toronto, Dr. Vranic has received numerous scientific awards for his accomplishments including, most notably, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Banting Medal and Lectureship for Distinguished Scientific Achievement (1991); the Solomon A. Berson Distinguished Lectureship of the American Physiological Society — Endocrinology and Metabolism Section (1995); and the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Diabetes Research and Contributions to the Canadian Diabetes Community (2007). He has also been the recipient of many national honours for his scientific achievements, through induction as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1997); a Laureate of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (2009); a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2009); a member of the Order of Ontario (2009); and, most recently, an Officer of the Order of Canada (2010). Of particular significance to Dr. Vranic's many trainees, he was awarded the ADA Albert Renold Award for a Distinguished Career in the Training of Diabetes Research Scientists and Facilitation of Research in 2005. As of July 1, 2010, Dr. Vranic had published 211 papers and 70 chapters, with many more papers in preparation. Together, these papers represent a body of work covering topics from normal glucose homeostasis to diabetes, from glucagon to extrapancreatic glucagon, and from insulin secretion to insulin action. Dr. Vranic has also, in the course of his career, trained 17 postdoctoral fellows, 13 PhD students and 13 MSc students, many of whom have now established their own independent research careers. In recognition of Dr. Vranic's many contributions to science, and as a gesture of gratitude from his trainees, a symposium was held at the University of Toronto on April 19, 2010, to celebrate his lifetime scientific and mentoring achievements. The 8 speakers at the symposium were all trainees of Dr. Vranic, spanning the years from 1968 to 2001. This article is a collation of the presentations made at that symposium, reflecting the remarkable career of Dr. Mladen Vranic as both a scientist and a mentor to several generations of young scientists. Patricia Brubaker, PhD (editor)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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