The Joslin Medalist Program at Harvard University began awarding 25-year medals to people with type 1 diabetes in 1948 and 50-year medals in 1970. This program has honored over 2905 people world-wide with 50-year medals since then. After the first British citizen, Alan Nabarro, was awarded a 50-year Joslin medal in 1973, Diabetes UK created a 50-year medal of the same name. Closely following this, Diabetes Australia developed the Kellion Victory Medal in 1984.
In 2013, the Joslin Medalist Program partnered with our team of Diabetes Longevity researchers at the University of Toronto in order to facilitate the distribution of 50-year medals to Canadians with longstanding type 1 diabetes.
If you are interested in receiving a 50-year medal you will need to fill out a Joslin Medalist Application form and provide proof of your type 1 diabetes diagnosis date in the form of the following documents:
Feel free to contact us so we can provide you with an application form and help you through the process.