Diabetes UK Medals

Diabetes UK awards a selection of medals in recognition of the courage and perseverance of living with diabetes for over 50, 60 and 70 years. The medals each represent the founding fathers of Diabetes UK.

The Alan Nabarro Medal

Nabarro was diagnosed with diabetes in 1922, and was given six months to live. Fortunately, insulin was discovered in 1923 and he was able to successfully manage his condition over the following 55 years. He spent his career fighting discrimination for people living with diabetes. In 1968 he was awarded the OBE for his work with young people in London. In 1973 he became the first British person to receive the Joslin Medal in for 50 years of living with diabetes.

The Robert Lawrence Medal

Dr Robert Lawrence was diagnosed with diabetes in 1920 and consequently devoted his life to the condition. He was integral in the formation of the Diabetic Association and was Chairman of the society until 1961. He was the driving force behind the summer holiday camps for children, supported research into diabetes and published the Diabetic Journal.

The John Macleod Medal

John Macleod was renowned for his work on carbohydrate metabolism and especially for his work with Banting and Best. MacCleod was in the team that investigated the effect of intravenous injection of degenerated pancreas into diabetic dogs. This led to the discovery of insulin, for which he was awarded half of the Nobel Prize. In 2005 Diabetes UK named its Central Office building in London after Macleod, in honour of his great work and dedication to diabetes.

for 50 years of living with diabetes

for 60 years of living with diabetes

for 70 years of living with diabetes

How can I receive a medal?

To obtain one of these medals your heathcare proffessional should send confirmation of your diabetes status. The correspondence should include:

    • Recipient's name, address and date of birth

    • Year of diagnosis

    • Where the medal should be sent

Send this information to the Supporter Services Team at Diabetes UK, Macleod House, 10 Parkway, London, NW1 7AA or e-mail supporterservices@diabetes.org.uk