JDRF is saddened by the loss of a dear friend and talented researcher within the diabetes research community, Dr. Angelika Bierhaus, who passed away at the age of 50 on April 15th after a long battle with cancer. Dr. Bierhaus is remembered not only for the major contributions she made to diabetes research, but also for the passion she felt for her work; a passion that drove her even to reveal new insights into diabetic neuropathy in her final weeks of life.
Dr. Bierhaus made enormous contributions to the scientific findings of the JDRF Center for Diabetes Complications, led by her collaborator, Dr. Michael Brownlee. Her commitment to understanding the molecular mechanisms of chronic diseases led to numerous scientific revelations-including insights into the receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE) and the transcription factor NFkB-which will remain invaluable in the diabetes research field. Her involvement in scientific societies and meetings around the world, her participation on the editorial boards of scientific journals, and her contributions as a lecturer and mentor to students at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, among other accomplishments, earned Dr. Bierhaus many friends and admirers who will undoubtedly remain inspired by her work and her life. In 2011, her influence was validated when she was honored with the Camillo-Golgi prize from the EASD (Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes).
On behalf of all of us at JDRF, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Dr. Bierhaus’s family, friends, and colleagues.