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Dunaif Receives Two Prestigious Honors

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March 28, 2006

CHICAGO --- Andrea Dunaif, M.D., Charles F. Kettering Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism, professor of medicine and chief of endocrinology, metabolism and molecular medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has received the Berthold Medal from the German Endocrine Society.

She also has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens, Athens, Greece.

The Berthold Medal is named in memory of Arnold Adolph Berthold, one of the founders of endocrinology, for his work on hormone secretion. The medal honors outstanding scientific achievement, especially in the combination of basic and clinical research.

The honorary degree from University of Athens was conferred to assert the significance and impact of Dunaif’s “outstanding work that has bestowed praise and credit on [the field of] endocrinology.”

Dunaif’s primary research interests are in reproductive physiology and metabolism in women. She is an expert on polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common endocrine disease in premenopausal women. Her recent work has focused on identifying genes conferring susceptibility to PCOS and diabetes.

In 1996 Dunaif received the Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Clinical Investigator Award, the Endocrine Society’s highest award for clinical investigation. Among other honors, she received the Woman of Achievement Award from the Big Sisters Association of Greater Boston and has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. She is also director of the Northwestern University Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) on Sex and Gender Factors Affecting Women’s Health.

Dunaif came to Northwestern from Harvard Medical School, where she was director of the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. She also was the first director of the division of women’s health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dunaif has published three books and more than 100 journal articles and given numerous presentations at conferences and scientific meetings in this country and abroad. She is also former associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

In addition, Dunaif is the current president of the Endocrine Society.