Mark Atkinson, PhD
Dr. Mark Atkinson is currently the American Diabetes Association Eminent Scholar for Diabetes Research and the Jeffrey Keene Family Professor at The University of Florida (UF). He also is the Director of the Diabetes Institute at UF. The author of over 400 publications, Dr. Atkinson has been the recipient of multiple scientific and humanitarian based awards for his research efforts. He has also been active in a leadership service to the type 1 diabetes community, with active administrative or advisory service to JDRF, The American Diabetes Association (ADA), The National Institutes of Health, The Immunology of Diabetes Society, numerous companies from the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, as well as a number of leadership capacities with the NIH TrialNet effort. Dr. Atkinson is an internationally recognized authority on multiple aspects pertaining to type 1 diabetes, with particular interests in disease prediction and prevention, the role for environment in the initiation of the disease, stem cells and pancreatic regeneration, the use of animal models in studies of type 1 diabetes pathogenesis and therapy, and the identification of markers of tolerance and immunoregulation.
Dr. Atkinson earned a B.S in Microbiology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Ph.D. from University of Florida.