The 2021 D-Foot International Board Commendation Award goes to Dr Hermelinda Pedrosa from Brazil.
Dr Pedrosa is the Coordinator of the research at the Diabetes Unit of the Federal District Health Department of Brazil.
Linda has been a very active leader and participant in D-Foot International projects over many years. Currently, she is one of the two Chairs of South America Central America Region of D-Foot. She is a powerful advocate for people with diabetic foot disease and preventing lower limb amputations due to diabetes in Brazil.
Dr Pedrosa has been at the forefront of diabetes research, she is an excellent team leader and role model for the establishment of specialist treatment centres for people with diabetes and diabetic-related foot disease not only across Brazil but around the world.
In the past year, her role has been made even more difficult by the devastating effects of the Covid pandemic on the Brasilian population. Her published research on the impact of Covid-19 on people with Diabetes in Brazil leads the pioneering research in this area.
The Board of D-Foot congratulates Linda for this award which is extremely well-deserved.