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On the Frontline of Medical Discovery

Type I Diabetes: A Quest for Better Therapies

Dr. David Harlan
Chief, Transplantation and Autoimmunity Branch National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001 • 7 pm
Masur Auditorium • NIH Clinical Center


Dr. David Harlan's areas of research interest are autoimmune illness – especially insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus – and tolerance mechanisms in organ and tissue transplantation. Since 1999, he has served as head of the Transplantation and Autoimmunity Branch located at the NIH and jointly sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the Navy Medical Research Center.

Dr. Harlan earned a bachelor of science degree at University of Michigan and a medical degree at Duke University. He continued his postgraduate training at Duke, where he was an intern, resident, and, several years later, a fellow in endocrinology. He also has held academic medical appointments at the University of California, San Diego, Duke University, and, since 1992, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, where he is now Associate Professor of Medicine.

Among Dr. Harlan's honors and awards, he received the Stitt Teaching Award in 1987 and 1988 from the Navy Hospital in San Diego, the 1990 American Federation of Clinical Research Henry Christian Award, the 1997 Frank Brown Berry Prize for Federal Medicine, and the 2000 U.S. Navy Legion of Merit.

Dr. Harlan is a member of a range of scientific societies. In 2001, he became chair of the Subcommittee on Transplantation for the Immunology of Diabetes Society. This year he also added The Lancet to the list of several scientific journals for which he serves as a reviewer.

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