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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mayer-Davis receives American Diabetes Association’s Kelly West Award

Elizabeth Mayer-Davis

The American Diabetes Association presented the 2019 Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology to Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, chair of the nutrition department in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The award recognizes significant contributions to the field of diabetes epidemiology.

Mayer-Davis was recognized with the honor and delivered the Kelly West Award Lecture at the ADA’s 79th Scientific Sessions, held June 7-11 in San
Francisco. 

Mayer-Davis is the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and Medicine at the Gillings School. With research focused on the epidemiology of diabetes in youth and young adults, her body of work is described in more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. Mayer-Davis also has conducted trials in Type 2 diabetes prevention and Type 1 diabetes treatment, and she has performed observational studies of diabetes complications and the role of nutrition. Much of her work has focused on translating research to better understand clinical and public health implications.