Professor Jennie Brand-Miller wins 2009 Sir Kempson Maddox Award
27 January 2010
Professor Jennie Brand-Miller, from the School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences at the University of Sydney, has won the 2009 Sir Kempson Maddox Award from the NSW branch of Diabetes Australia.
This prestigious award is given by Diabetes Australia-NSW each year to a person who has made a significant contribution to the diabetes movement and towards helping to improve the lives of people living with diabetes.
Announced by Dr Neville Howard, President of Diabetes Australia-NSW, Professor Brand-Miller received her award at the organisation's Annual General Meeting in Sydney in December 2009.
Professor Brand-Miller received the award for her contribution to the diabetes movement on a national and international level.
Most famous for her work on the glycemic index (GI), Professor Brand-Miller's research focuses on all aspects of carbohydrates including diet and diabetes, the glycemic index and insulin resistance. Her research group is internationally recognised for its work on nutritional aspects of food carbohydrates.
Professor Brand-Miller has become one of the world's leading authorities on GI - an index which ranks carbohydrates in food according to their effect on blood glucose levels after eating.
The work of Professor Brand-Miller and her colleagues has seen the creation of the GI food labelling system, unheard of 30 years ago. A low GI diet has in recent years been found to help lower blood glucose levels in people with diabetes.
Professor Brand-Miller has co-authored a number of books for people with diabetes including 'The New Glucose Revolution' series - helping people to manage diabetes and pre-diabetes using the glycemic index.
"It is a great honour to present Diabetes Australia-NSW's highest award to someone who has done so much for people living with diabetes," said CEO Nicola Stokes.
"Jennie's work embodies the purpose of Diabetes Australia-NSW to make a positive difference to the lives of people living with and at risk of diabetes and we look forward to her continued success."
The Diabetes Australia-NSW Sir Kempson Maddox Award has been awarded since 1986 and is named in memory of Sir John Kempson Maddox, a founder of The Diabetic Association of Australia and a pioneer in diabetes treatment in the 1930s.
Sir Kempson Maddox was knighted for his services to medicine in June 1964.
Read more about Diabetes Australia-NSW at: www.diabetesnsw.com.au
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