During the summer of 2014 K•A•C was pleased to host Leon Kośmider as part of the EU Erasmus scheme for young scientists. Leon Kośmider is from Institute of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health in Sosnowiec, Poland. He is a pharmacist and a PhD student at the Department of Pharmacy in the Laboratory Medicine Unit of the Silesian University. His research focuses on the analysis of tobacco smoke, risks associated with using traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes, and the toxicity of smoke and aerosol. He is an author or co-author of 40 academic conference speeches and 14 publications.
Knowledge•Action•Change are delighted to announce that the 2014 Paolo Pertica Award winner has been chosen by the panel for the Award:
Alex Feis-Bryce and colleagues at the National Ugly Mugs scheme, of the UK Network of Sex Work Projects
The outline of the ’National Ugly Mugs’ scheme and the results to date demonstrate clearly how it is both innovative and increasingly effective in providing protection and support for a significantly marginalised group, many of whom are dependent drug users. The links that have been made with police services and attempts to tackle well-established, and often ingrained, prejudice and antagonism, are a model for those working in other areas and we hope that the award provides at least some small recognition of this. Congratulations, Alex and colleagues!
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The Paolo Pertica Award was established in 2004 by the European Network of Drugs and Infections Prevention in Prisons (ENDIPP) to mark the 10th anniversary of the network. The creation of ENDIPP stemmed largely from Paolo Pertica’s work with prisoners from a wide range of different nationalities incarcerated in London prisons. The award was created to acknowledge his contribution to the development of work with drug using prisoners in the UK and within European criminal justice systems.
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