Prof Assal and Dr Lukacs win 2013 IDF Europe Prizes in Diabetes

Professor Jean-Philippe Assal  and Doctor Krisztina Lukacs were presented with the 2013 IDF Europe Prize in Diabetes at an award ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels today.

Prof Assal was handed over the prize in the category Long-Standing Achievement for his pioneering work in the field of patient therapeutic education. Dr Lukacs won the prize in the category Young Researcher for her ground-breaking work in the field of genetics and diabetes. Both winners were personally present to receive the awards in Brussels as part of World Diabetes Day celebrations in the European Parliament.

Awarding the prizes to Professor Assal, João Nabais said: “We are pleased to hand over the prize to such a prominent figure in diabetes education. His outstanding work had -and continues to have- a major impact on the lives of countless people with diabetes, and has also inspired entire generations of health care providers.”

Professor Sehnaz Karadeniz, President Elect of IDF Europe also warmly congratulated Dr Lukacs: “We also honoured to hand over the Young Researcher prize to Doctor Krisztina Lukacs. Her scientific work aiming to better understand, predict and prevent hypoglycemia is undoubtedly a major contribution in improving the lives of people living with diabetes.”

Both winners were congratulated for their valuable contribution by Baroness Sarah Ludford MEP, who is hosting the World Diabetes Day events in the European Parliament in Brussels, as well as by Paola Testori Coggi, the Director General of DG Health and Consumers.

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