Leicester Diabetes Centre (LDC) has been named an ‘International Centre of Excellence’ and an ‘International Centre of Education’ by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).
The prestigious accolades were awarded for its leading research, innovation and treatment of type 2 diabetes.
The announcement was made during the IDF 2017 Congress held earlier this month in Abu Dhabi. LDC’s co-director Professor Kamlesh Khunti was at the special ceremony to hear the announcement.
Professor Khunti, who is also Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester, said: “We are hugely honoured to have been named as an International Centre of Excellence and Education.
“It is hugely rewarding to have our hard work recognised and will mean a lot to the rest of the team who work tirelessly all year round. Through the IDF Centre of Excellence and Educatio, we will continue to pursue our goals to offer the best available options for rapid, accurate prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes.”
During the congress Prof Khunti was also given the Outstanding Services to Diabetes award having been recognised for his contribution to research and prevention in the condition.
IDF’s President Shaukat Sadikot presented him with the accolade which recognises the efforts and achievements of individuals within the diabetes community and who have helped promote the organisation’s mission and values.
During the conference Prof Khunti also unveiled the findings of a major European study into diabetes that he chaired.
The ‘Integrating Diabetes Evidence into Practice: Challenges and Opportunities to Bridge the Gaps’, report involved 38 countries. The findings showed that treating diabetes and related complications is costing European health €143 billion every year.
Prof Khunti said: “This report has demonstrated there are substantial European-wide challenges in the implementation of evidence-based practice for healthcare systems, healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes.”

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