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Panos Englezos Prize

To be awarded to individual(s) with an outstanding contribution to the field of haemoglobinopathies

The University of Nicosia Medical School and the Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF) jointly awards, on a biannual basis, the ‘Panos Englezos Prize’, to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in:

  1. the areas of public health relevant to haemoglobin disorders and/or
  2. the improvement of medical and other care of patients with haemoglobin disorders and/or
  3. the improvement of the quality of life of patients with haemoglobin disorders or other chronic/ genetic diseases and/or
  4. has made a scientific/medical advancement in the prevention or management of any other disease that could be applied to a make a difference in the prevention and/or management or holistic care or cure of haemoglobin disorders.
Opening date: 1st of November 2017 Closing date: 31st of January 2018 Receipt of Award: 4th May 2018, University of Nicosia Medical School Graduation Ceremony

The winner of the ‘Panos Englezos Prize’ will receive a symbolic plaque with TIF’s logo and a monetary award of $10,000, which will be awarded at the graduation ceremony of the Medical School of the University of Nicosia on May 2018. The selection of the winning candidate will be the responsibility of the University of Nicosia Medical School through its 5 member Selection Committee following the closure of nominations.

Nomination Process

  1. Nominations are invited by:
  2. An individual (one or more jointly) with a medical/scientific/academic capacity and of international recognition in the field he/she/they propose the nominee for the prize and
  3. A Patient Organisation[1] (one or more jointly) alone if nomination concerns a social contribution or in collaboration with an academic department of international recognition in the field of haemoglobin disorders, if nomination concerns an academic or a scientific achievement.

[1] The Patient Organisation needs to be officially registered in the country it operates and an official member of TIF (General or Voting) for more than a year.

Nominations should be submitted with all supporting documents (Completed Nomination Form, Nomination Letter of Support and the Nominee CV) and sent both by registered mail to the Thalassaemia International Federation, P.O. Box 28807, Nicosia 2083,, Cyprus AND electronically at panos_englezos_award@med.unic.ac.cy  copying thalassaemia@cytanet.com.cy.

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A few words about Panos Englezos

Mr Panos Englezos is a graduate of London University in Economics and Accounting, and became a Fellow of the Institute of Company Accountants (FICA). He is, up until today, the Chairman and Chief executive of a group of companies which he established in 1961.

The birth of his son, George diagnosed with β-thalassaemia major in 1966, prompted his personal crusade and deep lifelong commitment and involvement in the development and promotion for the control of thalassaemia, starting from the Pancyprian Support group of patients and parents, in 1969.

He was elected the first President (and now Emeritus President) of the Cyprus Thalassaemia Association with numerous initiatives and activities which aimed to the establishment of support services, government recognition, and to the promotion of the importance of developing national strategies for the control of thalassaemia in Cyprus, as a priority. He held this post until 1993.

In 1986, as a natural propagation of the work of patients’ organisations experiences in a handful of countries, including the Pancyprian Anti-anaemic Society (PAS), the Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF) was established, with the vision and mission to strengthen the medical care and prevention programmes, worldwide. He was elected as TIF’s first Chairman and is regarded by the international thalassaemia community as the ‘Founding Father’. He has travelled extensively promoting TIF’s mission and objectives, mainly establishing Thalassaemia Associations, advocating for improvements in medical care, encouraging international research and instigating the implementation of prevention programmes.

He has received several awards for his pioneer role in the fight against thalassaemia in Cyprus and beyond, such as the ‘District Governor’s Appreciation International gold Medal’ by Lions’ International for his continuous and long-term service to patients with thalassaemia in 1982; the Greek Haematological Society and Greek Thalassaemia Associations’ Silver Medal ‘Kilikas’ in 1993; the King Abdulaziz University Award for his contribution in establishing a thalassaemia association in Saudi Arabia in 1993; the ‘Gold Medal’ of the Cyprus Thalassaemia Association in 1996, the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow for outstanding contribution to society in 1997; the award for lifelong contribution to the fight against thalassaemia by the Thessaloniki Thalassaemia Association and the Sultan Bin Khalifa International Thalassaemia Award (SITA) ‘Special Medal Award’ for his lifelong and global contribution to thalassaemia in 2015.

Panos Englezos has been a most successful business professional in Cyprus who was awarded the European Business award in 1988 and the Experts award from the Chamber of Commerce of the Cyprus Republic in 1996. In addition, he held several important public and political posts, including the Chairs of the Cyprus Telecommunications’ Authority (CYTA), the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce, the Cyprus Publishers’ Association, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation-Bureau and the Rotary Club Nicosia, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (C.I.N.G.) – the most important institute in academic research in Cyprus with a worldwide recognition for its caliber and contribution to science and research – just to name but a few.

Currently, Panos Englezos is also serving as the President of the Board of the ‘Cyprus Alliance for Rare Diseases’ (C.A.R.D.).

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A few words about the prize

The ‘Panos Englezos Prize’ was initiated in 2016 through a decision of the Board of Directors of TIF in honour and recognition of the vast, lifelong and voluntary contribution of Mr Panos Englezos, parent of a thalassaemic son. The promotion and securement of the rights of patients with thalassaemia globally for equal access to quality health and other care, has been his lifetime commitment – a commitment across religious, cultural, social, gender and language barriers.

In previous years the following individuals have received the Panos Englezos Award:

  • 2011 – Mr Kostas Kountourou(posthumously) – for his invaluable contribution in the promotion of thalassaemia patient support groups.
  • 2011 – Mr Anastasis Leventis – for the invaluable contribution of the A.G. Leventis Foundation in the development and launch of the e-MSc course and the publication of the first ever Guidelines on the Clinical Management of Thalassaemia in 1999.
  • 2008 – Dr Odysseas Platis(posthumously) an endocrinologist and a thalassaemia patient himself, who was amongst the founders and a long-time member of TIF’s Board.
  • 2006 – Mr. Phidias Soteriou for his invaluable contribution to the promotion of thalassaemia patient support groups / Mr. Mahesh Kotecha – for his vast international contribution as a founding member of TIF.
  • 2003 – Dr. Androulla Eleftheriou – author of internationally recognized books focused mainly on patients and parents and for her voluntary work at TIF as a Scientific Coordinator.
  • 1999 – Mrs. Shobha Tuli – for her work and commitment in the Indian subcontinent.
  • Mr. Elias Sofianos – activist, pioneer patient and founding member of the 1st Greek Thalassaemia Association and of TIF.
  • Mr. Earl “Duke” Brady – pioneer and devoted father who fought for the rights of thalassaemia patients in the USA and worldwide.
  • Mr. Giovanni Latta – amongst the founding members of TIF, an inspiring leader and activist whose positive spirit penetrated the hopes and fears of every thalassaemia patient.