8 March 2017

Sheffield expert to deliver prestigious Diabetes UK lecture

A top diabetes consultant from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is to deliver a prestigious national lecture at the Diabetes UK conference.

Professor Solomon Tesfaye will give the Arnold Bloom lecture to delegates at the event in Manchester on Friday, March 10, where he will speak about diabetic neuropathy.

The lecture is awarded to a healthcare professional working in diabetes who has contributed significantly to improving the quality of clinical care for people with diabetes.

Professor Tesfaye is a Consultant Physician/Endocrinologist at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, and Honorary Professor of Diabetic Medicine at the University of Sheffield. He has undertaken ground-breaking research to help understanding and treatment of the illness. This has included work on treating diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage caused by diabetes which can lead to amputations) and the development of treatments such as electronic spinal cord stimulation.

 In 2014, he was also the first person from the UK since 2003 to be awarded the international Camillo Golgi Prize, awarded for extraordinary achievements in the treatment and management of diabetes. In 2016 he was award a £3m research grant by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme to investigate the most effective treatment pathway for painful diabetic neuropathy.

In his lecture, entitled Diabetic Neuropathy: Perception Beyond the Seam of the Periphery, Professor Tesfaye will talk about his research and philosophy of patient care, and highlight some of the discoveries made in Sheffield.

He was nominated by his colleague Professor Simon Heller, who delivered the lecture himself in 2012, making it the second time a Sheffield-based expert has been selected.

Professor Tesfaye said: “It really shows that Sheffield is top of the tree when it comes to diabetes services. It is an award not just for me, but the whole team.

“I am particularly honoured that it recognises work that has benefitted patients. Improving the quality of patient care and having the respect of patients is the most important thing for any doctor.”


John Birch, Communications Officer
Tel: 0114 226 8989
Email: john.birch@sth.nhs.uk

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