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Massimo Pietropaolo, M.D., appointed chair of federal diabetes subcommittee

ANN ARBOR, November 2009 — Massimo T. (Max) Pietropaolo, M.D., has accepted an invitation to serve as the Chair of the Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases B Subcommittee of the Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Initial Review Group (DDK-B) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is a division of the federal National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. Pietropaolo is professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in the Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes (MEND) Division, director of the Immunogenetics Laboratory, a member of the Immunology Graduate Program, and a U-M Brehm Investigator.

Chairs are selected based on their demonstrated expertise and achievement in their scientific discipline, as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities and honors. The one-year appointment represents an important opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort and to ensure the quality of the NIH peer review process.

As chair of the DDK-B subcommittee, Pietropaolo will guide over two dozen esteemed colleagues in the review of grant applications and in making recommendations on the applications, as well as surveying the status of research in their field. Over 100 grants will be reviewed over the course of the year. In addition, the responsibility includes organizing and chairing several offsite meetings for the group.

Pietropaolo has established an impressive career in type 1 diabetes research and care. He received his medical degree from the University of Perugia School of Medicine in Perugia, Italy, where he also completed his residency and clinical fellowship in endocrine and metabolic sciences. Pietropaolo also has received a number of awards, including the Career Development Award from the American Diabetes Association, and in 2008 the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Perugia School of Medicine, Italy among other national and international scientific prizes he has been awarded. The latter is a prestigious award for career achievements in medicine from his alma mater, on the occasion of its seventh centenary (the 700th anniversary of its founding).

Pietropaolo is an associate editor of Pediatric Diabetes and Autoimmunity Highlights and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. He is on the steering committee of the Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet Network and the principal investigator of the University of Michigan Affiliate TrialNet and Type 1 Diabetes Genetic Consortium (T1DGC) site. Pietropaolo is also an active member of the Immunology of Diabetes Society, American Diabetes Association, Endocrine Society, and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Throughout his career, Pietropaolo’s research has been supported by the NIH, the NIDDK, and the American Diabetes Association. A recipient of two Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation fellowships, Pietropaolo was a research fellow at the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School. Before coming to Michigan, he was an associate professor of Pediatrics, Medicine and Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

For more information on Dr. Pietropaolo's research, please see his Research Profile.