A renowned diabetes researcher has been named the winner of the first Harold Hamm International Prize for Biomedical Research in Diabetes, taking home $250,000 for the award named for an Oklahoma billionaire who also suffers from the disease.
Peter Bennett, now a scientist emeritus at the National Institutes of Health, was awarded the $250,000 prize Monday.
"The mission of this prize is to incentivize research and collaborative efforts internationally," said Hamm, the president and CEO of Continental Resources. "The prize is large enough to get the attention of people in this field of research and in others, and is another tool in the arsenal to fight against this terrible disease."
Hamm, who has Type 2 diabetes, announced the prize last year as a way to increase awareness of the disease. The prize will be awarded every two years, with the winner selected by a rotating jury of national and international leaders in the field of diabetes.
In his four decades of research, Bennett has identified insulin resistance as a major contributing factor to diabetes. He also introduced the idea that Type 2 diabetes is preventable through diet and exercise, according to a local business newspaper.