In the year 2000, The Gerald J and Dorothy R Friedman NY Foundation for Medical Research introduced its first Fellowship Program to support highly talented investigators working under the mentorship of experienced prominent scientists in the areas of diabetes, human nutrition and related topics.
Since inception, more than 30 fellowship positions have been funded in select institutions throughout the United States including Tufts University School of Medicine, UCLA Medical Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy/Tufts University, Siouxland Medical Education Foundation, Northwestern University, Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
The first Friedman Fellows Symposium was held on Nov 14, 2008. Featuring 19 presentations, it coincided with the first anniversary of both the opening of the Friedman Diabetes Institute and the first UN sanctioned World Diabetes Day.
Highlighted by a video greeting from President William Jefferson Clinton, the 2008 Symposium began with introductory remarks from Drs. Leonid Poretsky (Friedman Diabetes Institute / BIMC) and Ron Lechan (Tufts University School of Medicine) at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in NYC.
The second Annual Friedman Fellows Symposium (2009) broke new ground in its ‘virtual’ format and marked the launch of this website.
The 3rd Annual Friedman Felllows Symposium (2010) featured presentations and publications of both past and present Friedman Fellows, as well as work by two guest-presenters.
This year’s 4th symposium (2011) features 12 presentations of the most recent work by the current and past Friedman Fellows and one guest presenter.
We have great hope that this site will continue to develop, present and preserve the outstanding work of the Friedman Fellows, their colleagues and mentors, and serve as a platform for the exchange of opinions, innovation and support.
Welcome to the Friedman Foundation Fellows website!
|GERALD J. FRIEDMAN, M.D.
1913 – 2004
A brilliant diagnostician and widely respected New York physician, Dr. Gerald J. Friedman had a distinguished career in a number of medical specialties — diabetes and metabolism, endocrinology, cardiology and internal medicine. An early believer in the role nutrition plays in preventing illness, he was one of the pioneers of the field of clinical nutrition and a leading pioneer in the field of intensive care. He had numerous clinical appointments at some of New York City’s finest hospitals and many published articles in journals, including some scholarly chapters in pioneering nutrition and diabetes texts during the 1960’s. Although fully inspired and satisfied by his 55 years in a successful and fulfilling practice, he occasionally admitted were it not for pressure from his parents, he would have pursued a career in research, a field which continued to intrigue and fascinate him throughout his life.
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