16 July DRC awards Verna Funke Chair to Dokun July 16, 2019 By The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center 0 I am pleased to announce that Ayotunde O. Dokun, MD, PhD, FACE, will become Director of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Dokun joins us from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center where he was an Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Endocrine Service at Regional One Health. He earned his MD and PhD in Immunobiology while training in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY. Dr. Dokun subsequently completed his residency and fellowship in Endocrinology at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. Dr. Dokun is the first recipient of the Verna Funke Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center Chair, in honor of Past Grand Madam President Verna Funke. Dr. Dokun is truly expert in the area of diabetes research. His dedication to patient care and education, and leadership excellence merit him as a deserving recipient of the title. Dr. Dokun’s research interest focuses on understanding how genetic factors and the metabolic abnormalities associated with diabetes contribute to vascular diseases such as peripheral artery disease (PAD). Publications have appeared in Circulation, Circulation Research, American Journal of Physiology, Heart Circulation and Physiology, and a number of other high-impact, peer-reviewed journals. He is the recipient of the 2018 Icahn School of Medicine, Terry Ann Krulwich Physician Scientist Alumni award, the 2016 Elijah B. Saunders MD Physician of the Year Award from the National Medical Association’s (NMA), as well as the American Heart Association’s 2013 Jay D. Coffman Early Career Investigator Award. He has been the principal investigator on a number of grants, including an R01 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and has been continually funded for the better part of the last decade. He has shown a commitment to positively shaping the future of the profession through national leadership roles exemplified by his current service on the National Clinical Care Commission (NCCC), which is tasked with providing recommendations on the coordination and leveraging of federal programs related to complex metabolic or autoimmune diseases that result from insulin-related issues. He has also served on a number of committees at the Endocrine Society including the Minority Affairs and Finance committee. Other service include chairing the Endocrine and the Internal Medicine Sections of the NMA, the oldest and largest African American physician organization. He has served as reviewer for NIH study sections and is currently a standing member of the Atherosclerosis and Inflammation of the Cardiovascular System (AICS) study section. He also served on the editorial board of a number of reputable journals. Dr. Dokun is a regularly invited guest speaker around the region, nationally, and internationally. He has served as course director and as mentor to many postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate trainees. Please join me in welcoming the new Verna Funke Chair, Dr. Ayotunde Dokun. Related Articles Iowa Names Dr. Abel Chair and DEO of Department of Internal Medicine IOWA CITY, IA - E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, has been appointed the new Chair and Departmental Executive Officer of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Adams Named Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Chair Christopher Adams, MD, PhD, has been named the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Chair. This position has been endowed by the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) to propel and accelerate the pace of discoveries in the FOE Diabetes Research Center (FOEDRC), whose mission is to advance knowledge of the mechanisms of diabetes and its related complications through cutting-edge research. DRC Director's Report - January 2020 The New Year is a good time to reflect on our past progress and to look forward to research advances in the year to come. In this regard, the receipt of endowed chairs recognizes faculty whom we believe have established a track record of accomplishment and whose ongoing success will pave the way for the future of the FOEDRC. Therefore, we would like to recognize Dr. Sue Bodine, Dr. Ayotunde Dokun, and Dr. Kamal Rahmouni, the three newest recipients of endowed chairs from the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center (FOEDRC). Dr. Abel Named President-Elect Of The Endocrine Society DRC Director's Report - December 2017 It is with great pleasure that we share with you that E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, was recently elected as the president-elect of the Endocrine Society. His term as president-elect will commence March 20, 2018, and his presidential term will begin on March 20, 2019, for one year. Dr. Abel credits this high accomplishment in part to the contributions of the FOE whose extraordinary commitment to diabetes research has strengthened his work. DRC Director's Report - May 2019 E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, was elected as the president-elect of the Endocrine Society in October of 2017. At the annual scientific meeting of the Endocrine Society in New Orleans, Dr. Abel was sworn in as the Endocrine Society’s newest president. His one year presidential term began on March 20, 2019. Bret Michaels To Perform At Phoenix Convention In August The Fraternal Order of Eagles is ready to rock Phoenix this summer as multi-platinum global superstar Bret Michaels takes the stage at the 2021 Aerie and Auxiliary Members Banquet during this year’s International Convention. Tickets are $50 per-person including concert and dinner and will go on sale later this month. Members must register for the Convention to be eligible to purchase tickets. Born in the small town of Butler, Pennsylvania, on March 15, 1963, Bret first rose to fame as the front man of Poison, helping to define the rock-n-roll scene on the Sunset Strip. One of rock’s most iconic and enduring bands, Poison’s massive success includes selling over 50 million records worldwide and numerous hit singles. 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