January 17, 2012

Hopkins endocrinologist elected to Society for Pediatric Research

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center endocrinologist Scott Blackman has been inducted into the Society for Pediatric Research, one of the most coveted selections in academic pediatrics. Honored for his original research in the genetic and molecular underpinnings of diabetes, Blackman is one of 138 members elected to the society this year.

The society’s mission is to encourage young investigators—those under 50 years of age—to pursue research in pediatrics that has the promise to improve child health worldwide, as well as to promote collaboration with fellow scientists from other academic institutions.

Blackman’s research interests include identifying the molecular basis of diabetes in general and pinpointing gene variants specific to a form of diabetes commonly seen in children and adults with cystic fibrosis.

“Scott’s research has already offered some fascinating new clues that hold definite therapeutic promise for patients. This honor could have not gone to a more deserving physician-scientist,” said Sally Radovick, director of Pediatric Endocrinology at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Blackman received his medical degree and his doctorate in molecular physiology and biophysics at Vanderbilt University, and completed his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.