The American Diabetes Association has awarded Prof. Benjamin Nwosu, chief of endocrinology at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, for his life-saving research on diabetes treatment.
In May, the association held a research dinner at the Garden City Hotel in New York.
Two researchers, including Nwosu, were awarded for their works in the field of diabetology.
Nwosu, who is also a professor of pediatrics at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, delivered a lecture on his works on using vitamin D to prolong the honeymoon phase of type 1 diabetes.
The honeymoon phase is the period after the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes when the pancreas is still able to produce significant amount of its own insulin, which helps to lower blood sugar levels.
At this stage, quick treatment can decrease the amount of insulin needed to be injected or pumped.
His research focused on early care for children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
The research found that extending the phase can help to reduce the extent and occurrence of long-term problems caused by the disease.
During his presentation, the professor said his “greatest satisfaction is gotten from his interactions with his patients and their families and seeing them recover completely”.
According to a statement on Thursday, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), hailed Nwosu for bagging the award.
Dabiri-Erewa said the award is recognition for dedication and hard work.
She urged younger generations to follow in his footsteps and work hard to achieve their desired goals.