Lilly announces winners of inaugural Leonard Award, a global program celebrating 100 years of innovation in diabetes care – PRNewswire
INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Today Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced the five winners of the inaugural Leonard Award, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin by recognizing diverse champions dedicated to advancing diabetes management. Lilly …….
INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Today Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced the five winners of the inaugural Leonard Award, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin by recognizing diverse champions dedicated to advancing diabetes management. Lilly is giving $20,000 in recognition of each winner ($100,000 total) to Life for a Child, a global non-profit organization that provides access to care, education and lifesaving medicines and supplies to children and young people with type 1 diabetes in resource-limited countries.
The Leonard Award was inspired by the life of Leonard Thompson, the first person with diabetes to be treated with insulin in 1922, and celebrates ongoing achievements in the diabetes community. The 2021 Leonard Award winners and their categories are:
- Teen/young adult: Drew Mendelow of 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.
- Researcher: 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, Lilly is proud to present the inaugural Leonard Award to five exceptional individuals within the diabetes community who are making strides to advance diabetes management,” said <…….