A University of Nebraska Medical Center endocrinologist, Cyrus Desouza, M.D., has been named the first recipient of the Ervin and Dorothy Schulz Medical Professorship for Diabetes Research.
The endowed professorship, created in 2002 through a $510,000 estate gift made to the University of Nebraska Foundation, was named after lifelong farmers from Doniphan, Neb. The gift, given to honor the Schulz family, supports diabetes, cancer, or cardiac research and recognizes a prominent researcher.
The professorship was established in the UNMC Department of Internal Medicine by the late Ervin and Dorothy Schulz. Ervin, who was born in Plymouth, Neb., died in 1990. Dorothy, born near Blue Hill, Neb., died in 2001.
Dr. Desouza is chief of the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism and professor in the UNMC Department of Internal Medicine. He also is on staff at the Omaha VA Medical Center.
“I am very pleased and grateful to the Schulz family for their support to UNMC and the fight against diabetes,” Dr. Desouza said. “It is due to support from generous people like them that researchers can accomplish a lot and put UNMC on the forefront of research.”
Dr. Desouza is leading two new National Institutes of Health-funded research studies. One will directly compare several type 2 diabetes treatments to determine which is the most effective, and the other will evaluate whether vitamin D can prevent diabetes.