Shire Launches 2015 Excellence in ADHD Patient Group Awards

Shire Launches 2015 Excellence in ADHD Patient Group Awards

August 10, 2015

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ZUG, Switzerland – August 10, 2015 – Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG) today launches the second annual Excellence in ADHD Patient Group Awards celebrating outstanding work by patient advocacy organisations that aim to improve the lives of people with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Three winning patient groups will each be awarded an unrestricted grant of €10,000 to recognise their exceptional work in 2014.

“Worldwide, around one in 20 people have ADHD,1 which can have a profound impact on an individual’s education, work, social interactions and emotional wellbeing,”2,3,4 said Tom Croce, Head of Global Patient Advocacy at Shire.Patient groups work tirelessly to raise awareness of ADHD and support people living with the disorder and their families so, following an overwhelmingly positive response to last year’s Excellence in ADHD Patient Group Awards, we are delighted to again be celebrating some of the outstanding contributions patient groups make to people’s lives.

An international judging panel, including patient organisation representatives and mental health advocates will select three winners according to strict judging criteria. The judges are: Audrey Craven, European Federation of Neurological Associations; Kawaldip Sehmi, International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations; Frédéric Destrebecq, European Brain Council and Pedro Montellano, Global Alliance of Mental Health Advocacy Networks-Europe (GAMIAN-Europe).

Juan Ángel Quirós Cantos, President of the Federation of Andalusian ADHD Supporting Organisations (FAHYDA) (Spain), one of last year’s three winners, said: “We are so proud that our therapeutic summer camp programme was recognised by the 2014 awards. At FAHYDA, we are passionately committed to supporting people affected by ADHD and the €10,000 prize money we received is helping us, along with our amazing volunteers, to keep delivering activities that make a real difference to the lives of people in our community. We encourage any patient organisation committed to helping people with ADHD to enter the 2015 awards and showcase their great work.

The awards are open to patient organisations based outside of the United States with not-for-profit/charitable status that put the needs and interests of people affected by ADHD at the heart of their work.

The judges are looking for creative and innovative projects that address unmet needs in ADHD and have a direct and positive impact on the lives of people affected by the disorder. Winning entries will have defined objectives, a clear strategy, measurable success markers and will use an evidence-based approach.

Entrants can visit to download an application pack including an application form and full guidance on the process. The closing date for entries is 28th September 2015, and winners will be announced during European ADHD Awareness Week (19-25 October 2015).

Developed, funded and organised by Shire, the Excellence in ADHD Patient Group Awards are part of Shire’s patient-centric approach that provides support to people living with ADHD and their caregivers.

About ADHD

ADHD is a common psychiatric disorder in children and adolescents1,5 and is recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO).6 It is thought to affect around 5% of children and adolescents globally.1

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