Nigerian born c has been announced by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) as the new President of Medicine and Science of its Board of Directors.
Dagogo-Jack, currently a professor of medicine and Director, Division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, and Director, clinical research center at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, where he holds the A.C. Mullins endowed chair in translational research, will now lead the 75 years old association.
The association was founded in 1940 and is America’s largest voluntary health organisation leading the fight to stop diabetes.
A statement from the association which was obtained by THISDAY in Abuja explained that Dagogo-Jack current research which has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and a mentor-based award from the American Diabetes Association, focuses on diabetes prevention and prediction in multiethnic populations utilising several methodologies that track metabolic processes in humans.
It also noted that at the local level, Dagogo-Jack has served on community leadership boards in St. Louis where he was a chapter president between 1998 and 2000.
“In this position, Dagogo-Jack will serve as a co-principal spokesperson with the President, health care and education regarding science, health care, and educational matters.
Additionally, he will serve as a member of the Board of Directors, abiding by the conflict of interest policy, and exercising the fiduciary duties of care and loyalty,” the statement said.
The statement further explained: “He has been volunteering for the American Diabetes Association for more than 20 years and has served at the national level on the council of complications, the legal advocacy council, the publications policy committee as well as the scientific and medical advisory group.”
A further citation of his curriculum vitae indicated that Dagogo-Jack earned his medical degree and a second doctorate in medical research from the University of Ibadan College of Medicine in Nigeria, and completed postdoctoral training in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.
He also holds a master degree from the University of Newcastle in the United Kingdom (UK), elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and the Association of American Physicians honor societies, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Endocrinology.
Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood glucose to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy.
The statement noted that recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050, unless steps are taken to stop diabetes. The American Diabetes Association is reportedly leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences.
The association is also fighting for those affected by diabetes and funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes, delivers services to hundreds of communities, provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.