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05 July 2020

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Polish Diabetes Association and Dr Joana Gaspar receive 2014 IDF Prizes in Diabetes

people holding hands around the worldThe Polish Diabetes Association and Dr Joana Gaspar were presented with the 2014 IDF Europe Prize in Diabetes at an award ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels today, Wednesday 5 November.

Andrzej Bauman, President of the Polish Diabetes Association (Polskie Stowarzyszenie Diabetyków) was handed over the prize in the category Long-Standing Achievement in recognition of more than three decades of relentless efforts to improve the lives of people with diabetes and those at risk. Achievements of the association include training a total of 500,000 people with diabetes on self-management, healthy diet and active lifestyles since its creation 33 years ago. In the 90’s, the association was also instrumental in making insulin pens and glucometers more widely available.

Dr Joana Gaspar was handed over the prize in the category Young Researcher, in recognition of her outstanding scientific work in the field of cellular and molecular biology of diabetes.

Awarding the prizes to both winners, João Nabais, IDF Europe President, said: “We are pleased to hand over the prizes to such a prominent association as the Polish Diabetes Association, and such a talented and committed young researcher as Dr Joana Gaspar. Today we want to thank them and reward their relentless commitment to improve the daily lives of people with diabetes and those at risk.”

“This year again, we would also like to acknowledge each of the exceptional organisations and individuals who applied for the prize, and thank them for their support in promoting diabetes care, prevention and a cure,” he added.

Both winners were congratulated for their valuable contribution by Marisa Matias MEP, host the World Diabetes Day events in the European Parliament in Brussels, as well as by Isabel de La Mata, Principal Advisory for DG Health and Consumers, both present at the awarding ceremony.

Click here to access the full press release for the 2014 IDF Europe Prize in Diabetes: Long-Standing Achievement

Click here to access the full press release for the 2014 IDF Europe Prize in Diabetes: Young Reseacher