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Named Lectures


The Named Lectures form an integral part of the Diabetes UK Professional Conference.

The following speakers have been nominated to give the 2018 Named Lectures:

  • Banting Memorial Lecture: Andrew Hattersley
  • Arnold Bloom Lecture: Bob Young
  • Dorothy Hodgkin Lecture: Susan Wong
  • Janet Kinson Lecture: Mayank Patel
  • RD Lawrence Lecture: Michael Weedon
  • Mary MacKinnon Lecture: May Ng
  • Rank Nutrition Lecture: Naveed Sattar

Apply to deliver a Named Lecture for 2019

Applications are now open to deliver one of the prestigious Named Lectures at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference in 2019.

Healthcare and research professionals who have made an outstanding contribution to developments in diabetes care are invited to apply for these highly respected awards. Applications will be accepted directly from individuals, or through nominations on behalf of others, providing they have given consent.

The elected lecturers will receive:

  • an honorarium
  • access to the three day conference
  • free travel and accommodation for the conference.

If you are intending to apply, please download the relevant application form from below and email completed applications to by 5 January 2018.

Apply to deliver a Named Lecture for 2019 (Word, 101 KB)  

Apply to deliver the Mary Mackinnon Lecture for 2019 (Word, 92 KB)

Apply to deliver the Rank Nutrition Lecture for 2019 (Word, 85 KB)

Once applications are submitted, references are sought for each and they are voted on by the following Diabetes UK’s healthcare professional and scientific committees:

Voting takes place between January and the Diabetes UK Professional Conference in March with the successful applicants being announced at the Awards Ceremony at the conference.

If you have any queries, please email

Named Lectures criteria

Arnold Bloom Lecture Award

In keeping with the ideals of Arnold Bloom, this lecture is awarded to a person who is a healthcare professional working in diabetes care and has contributed significantly to improving the quality of clinical care of people with diabetes.

Banting Memorial Lecture Award

The Banting Memorial Lecture is the highest award bestowed by Diabetes UK. The lecture is awarded to a person internationally recognised for their eminence in the field of diabetes.

Dorothy Hodgkin Lecture Award

The lecture will be awarded to a person internationally recognised for their contribution to basic research in the field of diabetes.

Janet Kinson Lecture Award

In keeping with the ideals of Janet Kinson, this award highlights education as an integral part of diabetes care, and is open to all health professionals, whose work in diabetes demonstrates a commitment to the delivery of education as a fundamental aspect of clinical care.

Mary MacKinnon Lecture Award

This lecture will be awarded to a diabetes team working collaboratively to provide integrated person-centred care in the community.

RD Lawrence Lecture Award

The lecturer must be a professional member of Diabetes UK actively working in the field of basic or clinical science in diabetes in the British Isles at the time of his/her election to the Lectureship. The lecturer should have no more than 20 years' post-doctoral research experience when the lecture is delivered. Allowance will be given to applicants whose career has been subject to a late start or interruption for family or personal reasons.

Rank Prize Funds Nutrition Lecture

This lecture is kindly funded by the Rank Prize Funds in memory of Professor Harry Keen who sadly passed away in 2013. Professor Keen, who sat on the Rank Prize Funds Committee for over 22 years, was a physician and epidemiologist who did much to shape the modern understanding of diabetes and its treatment. The lecture is specifically focused on nutrition and is open to those working or carrying out research in this area.


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