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New Year’s Honours list recognises leading diabetes lights

Diabetes UK would like to congratulate Professor Stephen Bloom for receiving a Knighthood for his research in diabetes, and John Davis for being awarded an MBE for his work in creating awareness of insulin pumps.

Both of these important people have been recognised for their exemplary work in the world of diabetes by the New Year’s Honours list.

Knighthood awarded for Diabetes Research

We welcome the knighthood awarded to Professor Stephen Bloom, Head of Division for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at Imperial College London, in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list. The recognition is for his contribution to medical science.

Professor Bloom is a leading expert on obesity, insulin release and insulin resistance. He leads a research group investigating appetite control systems and gut hormones.  Their research led to the discovery that oxyntomodulin reduces appetite offering potential new treatments for obesity.

Professor Bloom is a past recipient of Diabetes UK funding for research on insulin secretion and a former RD Lawrence Lecturer, a lecture named after the founder of Diabetes UK.

John Davis awarded an MBE

We are pleased to announce that John Davis has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for his tremendous work in helping people with diabetes get insulin pumps and providing support through INPUT – an independent, not-for-profit organisation for people using or wishing to use insulin pumps to control their diabetes.

John founded INPUT in 1998. The aim of the organisation, which is run by insulin pump users and their families, is to raise awareness of insulin pump therapy and diabetes technology. John was diagnosed with diabetes in 1987 following pancreatitis and has used an insulin pump since 1997. John retired from INPUT in 2011 at the age of 72 years.

Outstanding contributions

Barbara Young, Chief Executive at Diabetes UK, said, “We are delighted that Professor Bloom and John Davis have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to improving the lives of people with diabetes.

“Professor Bloom’s honour is testament to many years dedicated to investigating diabetes, one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today. Researchers of Professor Bloom’s calibre deserve such recognition as their work is of potential benefit to millions of people worldwide.

“As founder of INPUT, John Davis has brought help and support to the many people in the United Kingdom who use an insulin pump, and has spearheaded the campaign to make pumps more widely available. There are many thousands of people in the UK whose lives are better thanks to his contribution.”

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