John Ireland was an eminent Diabetologist at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow who died suddenly and tragically in November 1987 at the age of 55. He is remembered for his part in development of the first pen device for insulin administration, the Penject and additionally as a co-author with the late Arnold Bloom of “A Colour Atlas of Diabetes”. He was well known and respected by diabetic physician colleagues throughout Britain and at the time of his death had just completed his stint as the first trail blazing editor of Diabetic Medicine, a medical publication of International repute and of course the journal of Diabetes UK.
The Scottish Committee of the British Diabetic Association (now Diabetes UK) under the chairmanship of Dr Ray Newton decided to remember John Ireland’s contributions by presenting an annual award to an individual who has served the diabetes community in Scotland with distinction.
Diabetes UK Scotland would also like to thank Steve Birnie from Novo Nordisk who has always supported the John Ireland Award.