Like many medical researchers, George King has a personal connection to the disease that he has spent his career studying. He has been working to understand and treat diabetes at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA, USA, since 1981, partly because of how it has affected his own family. “Asians develop diabetes at a high rate even at low body-mass index”, he says. “So many members of my family, including my father, have developed diabetes.”
King, now Chief Scientific Officer and Director of Research at Joslin Diabetes Center and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, has had a remarkably successful career at the research centre, developing new ways to deal with diabetes and the complications that come with the disease. Read more in The Lancet.