This award is awarded in memory of Rob Hall, Ph.D., a long-time member of the Diabetes Center and the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. Rob was a talented scientist, who enabled and enhanced the research of many students, fellows, and research assistants and made the research of many laboratories more productive and effective. Research requires a team working collaboratively or great ideas would never get tested or research experiments would never get conducted. Laboratories affiliated with the Diabetes Center are fortunate to have many dedicated research personnel - especially our research assistants and administrative assistants. The Robert Hall Award for Service to the Diabetes Center recognizes an individual whose dedication and efforts make possible the activities and research of the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center.
The 2011 Robert Hall Award for Service to the Diabetes Center was awarded to Libby Survant, M.T., a Senior Clinical Trials Specialist in the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism. Part of a growing team of researchers dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes, Libby has worked on research and in clinical trials at Vanderbilt for the past 20 years, with responsibilities ranging from delivery of supplies, arranging patient travel, and remote location study visits to childcare for subjects with small children.