The Leonard Award was inspired by the life of
- Teen/young adult:
Drew Mendelowof Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States, for work developing the T1D1 app, which helps people with diabetes calculate and log key metrics and easily send data to their diabetes care team.
- Advocate/advocacy professional:
Sana Ajmal, PhD of Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan, for work as the founder and executive director of Meethi Zingagi, a non-profit organization that aims to improve the lives of people with diabetes.
- Endocrinologist/primary care physician:
Giuseppina Chierici, MD of Milano, Italy, for work starting, “Portiamo a casa un sorriso,” a project that provides free medical home care assistance and advice for people with diabetes in need.
- Diabetes educator/nurse:
Vanita Pais, RD, CDE of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, for work on food skills programs and workshops for children with type 1 diabetes.
James Shapiro, MD, PhD of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, for work developing the Edmonton Protocol for islet cell transplantation, which has been carried out more than 700 times and aims to improve the care of people with diabetes.
The winners from each category were selected by an external judges’ panel comprised of esteemed leaders in diabetes care. The panel evaluated more than 70 submissions of an original project, innovation or effort that addresses either an important need or challenge in the management of diabetes or aims to support the community.
“On this upcoming World Diabetes Day, and in honor of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin,
The Leonard Award external judges’ panel included the following:
- Tadej Battelino, MD, PhD, Consultant and Head of
Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology, UMC Ljubljana
- Amalia Gastaldelli, Research Director,
Institute of Clinical Physiology, CNR Mariana Gomez, Director, Emerging Markets, Beyond Type 1 Irl B. Hirsch, MD, Professor of Medicine, UW Medicine Diabetes Institute Nicole Johnson, DrPH, MPH, MA, Vice President, Science & Health Care, American Diabetes Association Sarah Linklater, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, JDRF Canada Kenneth P. Moritsugu, MD, MPH, FACPM, RADM, USPHS (Retired) Anna Norton, MS, CEO, DiabetesSisters Navnit (Niti) Kaur Pall, MD, President, International Diabetes Federation Europe Leonard Glass, MD, F.A.C.E., Vice President, LillyDiabetes Global Medical Affairs, Eli Lilly and Company
The panel reviewed entries based on several criteria, including impact, novelty, feasibility and ability to advance
“We are honored to be the beneficiary of the outstanding work exhibited by the Leonard Award winners. I’m thankful for and inspired by the outstanding efforts of these individuals and their dedication to making a difference for people living with diabetes,” said Dr.
To learn more about the Leonard Award, the winning individuals and their work, please visit Lilly.com/LeonardAward.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2020. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services; 2020. International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas, 9th edn. Brussels, Belgium: International Diabetes Federation, 2019. Available at: http://diabetesatlas.org.
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