Dr. Mladen Vranic Remembered

      I am so saddened by the passing of Dr. Mladen Vranic, a brilliant scientist, mentor and friend. As a postdoctoral fellow of Nobel Laureate Dr. Charles Best, Dr. Vranic stood on the shoulders of giants and, in turn, became a giant in scientific stature himself, continuing the traditions of his mentors at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His contributions to medical science were great indeed, and throughout his career, he made innovative strides in the fields of diabetes and metabolic translational research. He was an exceptional scientist and also a remarkable humanitarian, helping many, including me, in their careers and personal paths. He was a wonderful teacher and I was extremely fortunate to have him as a supervisor and collaborator. He taught perseverance and to always strive for success, and through him, I was introduced to excellence in scientific research and discovery. He will be remembered, not just for his many impressive Canadian and global honours and awards, including the Canadian Diabetes Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the Order of Canada, the American Diabetes Association Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement and being inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, but for his warmth, humour, endless curiosity, kindness and generosity. I will miss him greatly.
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