BUFFALO, N.Y. – Nitesh D. Kuhadiya, MD, assistant
professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Medicine, has
won an award for his abstract “Liraglutide as Additional
Treatment to Insulin in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: A
Randomized Clinical Trial.”
The Helmsley Charitable Trust Abstract Award in Type 1 Diabetes
was given to Kuhadiya in conjunction with ICE/ENDO 2014, the annual
meeting of the International Congress of Endocrinology and the
Endocrine Society, which took place June 21 - 24 in Chicago.
Kuhadiya’s research, presented at ICE/ENDO on June 22, was
the first randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical
trial to show that adding liraglutide to insulin in Type 1
diabetics resulted in significant improvements in glucose control,
including reductions in the hemoglobin A1C (the average blood sugar
measurement over 90 days), total insulin dose, blood pressure, body
weight, carbohydrate intake and C-reactive protein.
Results of the study, which involved 54 patients taking
liraglutide and 18 taking placebo, are being submitted to a journal
for publication. Kuhadiya also presented these findings at the
American Association of Clinical Endocrinology meeting in May in
Las Vegas. News coverage of his presentation there was cited by
Medscape as one of the top news stories to come out of the
The Helmsley Charitable Trust Abstract Award recognizes the
outstanding work of trainees and early-career professionals in the
field. The top abstracts on research relevant to the underlying
mechanism, pathophysiology or clinical care of Type 1 diabetes, are
chosen for this award. Recipients must be currently in training or
within 10 years of receiving their terminal degree.
Kuhadiya, who joined the UB faculty last year, earned his MBBS
(the British Commonwealth equivalent of an MD) at the H. M. Patel
Center for Medical Care and Research in India, an MPH in
epidemiology from Tulane University, and an MD from Mount Sinai
Medical Center in Jersey City, where he was named valedictorian and
most outstanding third-year resident. He also did postgraduate work
in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in
UB’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Kuhadiya sees patients through UBMD, the physician practice plan
of the UB medical school.
He lives in Amherst.