Time to Look Back and to Look Forward

  1. Adrian Vella1
  1. 1Division of Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  2. 2Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Coralville, IA
  3. 3Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
  4. 4Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  5. 5Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  6. 6University of Colorado, Denver, and National Jewish Health, Denver, CO
  7. 7Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
  8. 8Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
  9. 9School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  10. 10Department of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
  11. 11Department of Medicine and Molecular Pharmacology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  12. 12Department of Medicine, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Center, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO
  13. 13Department of Genetics and Development, Columbia University, New York, NY
  14. 14Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University, Institute of Public Health
  15. MRC Epidemiology Unit, Institute of Metabolic Science, Cambridge, U.K.
  1. Corresponding author: K. Sreekumaran Nair, diabeteseic{at}

It has been 2 years since the current editorial board accepted stewardship of the premier journal of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Diabetes. We believe this is an appropriate time to reflect upon our past experiences and to share our vision for the coming 3 years with our readership.

The concept of a journal for the ADA was originally proposed by the first president of the ADA, Dr. Cecil Striker, in his Presidential lecture in 1941. Dr. Striker stated with reference to the publication of a journal, “We appreciate the fact that a plethora of scientific journals already exists, and I reluctantly present this question to our Association” (1). The journal finally came to fruition in 1952, replacing precedent publications of Proceedings of the American Diabetes Association (1941) and Diabetes Abstracts (1942).

In his “Salute to Diabetes” in the first issue of Diabetes, Dr. Elliott P. Joslin, honorary president of the ADA wrote that the association was “hitching its wagon to a very important star with its new Journal Diabetes” (2). He further stated “Diabetes is a universal disease. It knows no political boundaries. What happens anywhere in the world to improve the condition of the diabetic is important to diabetics everywhere else” (3). One of the main reasons for …

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