On May 1, 2008, Dr. Erik J. Henriksen, Professor of Physiology and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the University of Arizona, will be awarded the E.K. Frey – E. Werle Commemorative Gold Medal for outstanding research contributions on the role of the kallikrein-kinin system and related subjects in health and disease, such that these research achievements have significantly influenced the development of the field.
He will present a lecture, in German, entitled “Bedeutung des Renin-Angiotensin-Systems in der Modulation der Insulinwirkung im Skelettmuskel” (in English: “Significance of the renin-angiotensin system in the modulation of insulin action in skeletal muscle”) as part of the official program of the annual meeting of the German Diabetes Society in Munich, Germany. His talk will highlight the findings from his research program at the University of Arizona over the last 18 years demonstrating that overactivity of the renin-angiotensin system is an important contributor to the multifactorial etiology of insulin resistance in skeletal muscle, a primary defect leading to the development of type 2 diabetes.
The E.K. Frey – E. Werle Foundation of the Henning L. Voigt Family is an incorporated public foundation based in Munich, Germany, that pursues exclusively non-profit goals. The Foundation is named after Emil Karl Frey and Eugen Werle, two scientists who discovered the kallikrein-kinin system, and the Henning L. Voigt family, which donated 1 Million DM (approximately 500 000 €) for its establishment in 1988. The purpose of the E.K. Frey – E. Werle Foundation of the Henning L. Voigt Family is the promotion of science and research in the fields of cardiology, hemostaseology, and metabolism, in particular to elucidate the role of the kallikrein-kinin system and related subjects in health and disease.
Dr. Henriksen is greatly honored to have been chosen this year to receive the E.K. Frey – E. Werle Commemorative Gold Medal in Munich.