ISPAD would like to congratulate all prize winners in 2015, and would like to thank those, whose grants have made these awards possible.
ISPAD Prize of Achievement 2015 - Professor Edwin Gale, United Kingdom
Kindly supported by Eli Lilly
The ISPAD Prize is the Society’s highest honor. It is awarded to any individual who has made outstanding contributions in the areas of Science, Education and Advocacy, which have had a major impact on childhood and adolescent diabetes. Professor Edwin Gale, an adult endocrinologist is a long standing member of ISPAD. To list all his work, his awards and contributions to type 1 diabetes would fill this report. He has been coordinating multiple research projects either to improve the understanding of the pathophysiology of the disease or to intervene in the ongoing immune process. He has been editor of Diabetologia and continues to serve as consultant editor of the Lancet. His outstanding contribution to all areas, close to ISPAD - Science, Education and Advocacy- make him a worthy awardee of ISPAD 2015 Prize of Achievement.
Lestradet Award for Education and Advocacy - Professor Harry Dorchy, Belgium
Kindly supported by the organization: Children with Diabetes
The ISPAD Lestradet Prize for Education and Advocacy is awarded to an ISPAD member who has made outstanding contribution within these areas. This year, the awardee is Professor Harry Dorchy, who has worked closely with one of the co-founders of ISPAD, Professor Helmuth Loeb. Since the 1980s, the two of them cared for young people with diabetes in Brussels and worked closely to establish a remarkable legacy of clinical care, research and innovative thinking about how young children in Belgium ought to be considered and treated, including screening for subclinical complications, normal and flexible diet, physical activity, glycemic control and insulin treatment, quality of life, genetics and immunology, specific types of diabetes, etc. Since 1996, he has traveled annually to Romania to teach at an annual ISPAD-Timisoara Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes Post-Graduate Course with Professor Viorel Serban.
ISPAD Prize for Innovation in Pediatric Diabetes Care - Professor Roman Hovorka, United Kingdom
Kindly supported by Novo Nordisk
This prize is for any professional individual, group who has made a significant innovation in pediatric diabetes. This prize puts the focus on diabetes in childhood by recognizing innovations to improve health and quality of care for children and youth. This year’s winner is Professor Roman Hovorka, who is one of the key contributors to ongoing development in the closed loop treatment. With his team in Cambridge they have developed one of the currently used closed loop systems and they continue to test multiple systems to further improve these systems and render them accessible in pediatric care.
ISPAD Young Investigator Award - Dr. Loredana Marcovecchio, Italy
Kindly supported by Medtronic
This award is open for any ISPAD member aged 40 years or less, with a promising research track and a key paper published in the last two years. This year Loredana Marcovecchio has been awarded the Young investigator prize with her paper Adolescent Type 1 diabetes Cardio renal intervention trial (AdDIT): Urinary screening and baseline biochemical and cardiovascular assessments, published in Diabetes Care 2014. Her analysis of the baseline data of this large multicenter study shows that higher thanaverage albumin excretion during adolescence is associated with worse outcome of diabetic nephropathy and cardiovascular disease development independently of HbA1c. This confirms the importance of early screening and ongoing registries!