Andrea Steck, MD, is the newest recipient of the American Diabetes Association Thomas R. Lee Award for her ADA-funded research project: “Determinants of rate of progression to type 1 diabetes."
The Thomas R. Lee Award is given to the Career Development Award applicant who receives the best reviewer score on his/her application.
Thomas R. Lee was born in 1909 to a family of hardworking farmers in Norfolk, Va. For most of his life, Mr. Lee was a successful land owner and property developer in and around his beloved hometown of Norfolk. Known by all for his skilled business sense, dedication to friends and tremendous kindness to others, he generously supported the causes for which he was most passionate. Inspired by his personal sense of philanthropy and his own battle with diabetes, Mr. Lee made sure that a charitable portion of his estate went to the American Diabetes Association upon his death. Support from individuals and organizations such as the Lee Estate enables the American Diabetes Association to continue funding quality research projects across the country.