Diabetes NSW is delighted to announce that the 2014 recipient of its most prestigious award, the Sir Kempson Maddox Award, is Professor Lesley Campbell, Director of Diabetes Services at St Vincent’s Hospital.

Professor Campbell will receive the award in recognition of her significant contribution to the area of scientific research, education and advocacy in diabetes. Professor Campbell joins a long list of eminent past recipients including politicians, endocrinologists, pharmacists, scientists and community members.

A third generation female doctor and recipient of the Order of Australia, Professor Campbell has a long career as a clinician, academic and researcher in the field of endocrinology. She has been at St Vincent’s Diabetes Centre since it was founded in 1980 and is an ardent advocate for people with diabetes. “My research has produced a strong advocacy for people with diabetes and their daily challenges,” said Professor Campbell. “Their courage is inspiring and the experience of their care is a privilege.” Her article ‘Our patients remain with us, published in The Lancet, drew huge support from across the world. Read the article here.

“Professor Lesley Campbell has demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to the diabetes community through her work,” said Diabetes CEO, Sturt Eastwood. “Her distinguished career and personal passion for helping people living with diabetes should be applauded and I am thrilled to be able to present the Sir Kempson Madddox award to her on the most fitting of days – World Diabetes Day.”

Professor Campbell will receive the award on Friday 14 November, in front of an audience including family and friends, Diabetes NSW members, Kellion Victory Medal award recipients and NSW politicians including Mr Mark Coure, MP Member for Oatley and Mr Jamie Parker, MP Member for Balmain.

Pictured: Diabetes NSW CEO Sturt Eastwood, Professor Lesley Campbell and Mr Jamie Parker, MP Member for Balmain at the presentation for the Sir Kempson Maddox Award.

Sir Kempson Maddox award
The Sir Kempson Maddox award has been awarded annually since 1985, and is presented to a person who has made a significant contribution to the diabetes movement and toward helping to improve the lives of people living with diabetes and its complications.

The award itself honours the work of Sir John Kempson Maddox, an Australian Physician who pioneered diabetes treatment in the 1930s. Sir John set up one of the first cross disciplinary diabetes clinics at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and was founder of the Diabetes Association of Australia (NSW) now Diabetes NSW. The Sir Kempson Maddox award is Diabetes NSW most prestigious award.

Professor Lesley Campbell

Professor Lesley Campbell is a Senior Endocrinologist and Director of Diabetes Services at St Vincent’s Hospital, a Professor of Medicine at the University of NSW, Principal researcher at the Garvan Institute & Conjoint Professor of Medicine, UNSW, at the Garvan Institute.

She has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, was a member of the Organising Committee of the 2006 International Congress on Obesity, chaired national and international professional committees, is a past President of the Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity and a past Chair of an International Committee of the International Association for the Study of Obesity.
Research interests
The underlying genetic defects predisposing to T2DM
The physiological mechanisms underlying T2DM
The relief of insatiable appetite in Prader Willi Syndrome
Awards and Honours
2008 – Order of Australia (AM)
2001 – Medal Swedish Society of Medicine
2000 – Visiting Fellowship Harvard School of Population Health
1989 – Fellowship Royal British College of Physicians

About Diabetes NSW*

Diabetes NSW represents more than 200,000 members and supporters and is one of the state’s largest open communities. We are a vibrant and committed organisation, providing support for people living with diabetes through education, lifestyle programs and a range of services. For more information or to make a donation, contact Diabetes NSW toll free on 1300 342 238, or visit www.diabetesnsw.com.au

*Australian Diabetes Council trading as Diabetes NSW

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