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6th Annual Stefan S. Fajans Lecture in Diabetes, 2014-15

Steve Kahn

Steven Kahn, M.B., Ch.B.


Friday, November 7, 2014
2:00-3:00 pm
(Reception immediately following)

Oliphant-Marshall Auditorium, ground floor
Kellogg Eye Center/Brehm Tower
1000 Wall Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

"The Beta Cell in Type 2 Diabetes: Lessons Starting at the Bedside"

Steven E. Kahn, M.B., Ch.B.

Professor of Medicine
Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

This is the first lecture following Dr. Fajans' passing in June 2014 and will include memorial tributes from key collaborators and colleagues. Read Dr. Fajans's obituary here.

This annual lecture in honor of Dr. Stefan S. Fajans, sponsored by the University of Michigan Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes, recognizes a renowned diabetes investigator and/or physician who has made significant contributions to the field.

The 2014-15 Stefan S. Fajans Lecture in Diabetes will be given by Steven E. Kahn, M.B., Ch.B., Professor of Medicine in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition at University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA.

Dr. Kahn received his MB and ChB degrees from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He served his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, followed by a fellowship in Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition at the University of Washington.

His research interests are insulin secretion, insulin resistance, obesity and type 2 diabetes pathogenesis and treatment, focusing on: Assessment of islet function and insulin action in states of normal and abnormal carbohydrate metabolism; determination of defects in islet function and their relationship to genetic markers in subjects at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes; evaluations of the mechanisms regulating the synthesis and secretion of islet amyloid polypeptide by the pancreatic ß-cell in vitro and in vivo, and its deposition as islet amyloid; and the role of fat distribution on metabolic variables associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

More on Dr. Kahn's research

Event questions: Annette Murphy, (734) 763-3056 or

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Stefan S. Fajans, M.D., former Professor Emeritus of the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes, became a member of the University of Michigan Medical School faculty in 1949. He served as Chief of the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism from 1973 to 1987 and as the Director of the NIH-funded Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center, which he helped to found, from 1977 to 1986. Dr. Fajans devoted a large portion of his scientific career to the study of diabetes and made important contributions to the understanding of its etiology, diagnosis, and treatment, including the discovery of a genetic form of diabetes that he named MODY (Mature Onset Diabetes of the Young). For more on his work and career, please see this bio of Dr. Stefan S. Fajans [PDF].