Seen in the picture is one of the conference halls being named after him at the 7th year of
Jothydev's Professional Education Forum(JPEF) Annual Convention in the year 2018.
Oskar Minkowski, a German physician, physiologist and a professor at the University of Breslau was a renowned
diabetes researcher. Oskar Minkowski introduced the concept that diabetes results from suppression of
pancreatic substances - later found to be the hormone insulin.
In 1889 Minkowski, with the German physiologist Joseph von Mering (1849-1908), discovered that dogs
subjected to removal of their pancreas develop the symptoms of diabetes, leading Minkowski to postulate
that the pancreas is the site of secretion of an 'antidiabetic' substance, now known to be insulin.
This also paved the way for Banting and Best to conduct their experiments and to meet with success.
Most insulin administered via the intraperitoneal route rapidly enters the portal venous system,
therefore; it reaches the liver more quickly without being distributed first in the peripheral
circulation. Faster insulin delivery results in a more physiological plasma insulin profile and
can lead to an improved blood glucose profile by reducing the frequency of severe hypoglycaemia.
Minkowski was a sound teacher and a well-liked clinician. He later went on to chair the German
Association of Internal Medicine and became one of Europe's leading diabetologists. He was
nominated for the Nobel Prize six times during his career. Since 1966, the Minkowski Prize for
outstanding original work of a younger investigator in diabetes research has been awarded by the
European Association for the Study of Diabetes. Jothydev's Professional Education Forum Annual
Convention 2019 had a hall named after this great researcher.