Group image of the 2019 Medalists at a recent meeting

Joslin Diabetes Center's
Bi-Annual Medalist Celebration

Made possible through the generosity of the Thomas J. Beatson, Jr. Foundation

Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm EST

The Westin Copley Place

Boston, MA 02116

Join your fellow Medalists for Joslin’s Bi-Annual Medalist Celebration, which will take place in person at The Westin Copley Place on Saturday, April 22, 2023. A virtual option will be available for those that cannot join us in person. Hear from clinicians and researchers from the Joslin Medalist Study and take part in a special medal presentation for your peers receiving their 75 and 80-year medals.

As the health and safety of our attendees, patients and staff members is our primary concern, we are requiring that all attendees be fully vaccinated, including boosters, in order to attend. If you have any questions, please contact us rsvpmedalist [at] (by email)target="_blank" title="Email us" or call 617-309-2412.

If you would like to attend the Bi-Annual Medalist Celebration, visit our event page to RSVP.

Honoring the Memory of Thomas J. Beatson

Thomas J. Beatson, Jr.Thomas J. Beatson, Jr. led a busy and fulfilling life while managing his type 1 diabetes. Diagnosed as a child in 1942, Tom became a strong advocate for research into type 1 diabetes. When Tom learned of the Medalist Study at Joslin he volunteered to participate, which led him to proudly receive his 50 year medal in 1996. Tom became one of Joslin’s most generous philanthropists supporting numerous programs. Tom passed away in 2016, a year before he would have received his 75 year medal. We continue to honor Tom during the Medalist Celebration and will always remember his kindness, loyalty and great smile.

Event Information

How do I RSVP for the Medalist Celebration?

You can RSVP for the in-person Medalist Celebration by visiting our event page. Please follow the instructions on the form to complete your RSVP. This includes providing your name, address, email, phone number, your guest’s name and any allergies or dietary restrictions that we should be made aware of.


What safety measures are you taking for the in-person event?

The safety of our attendees, patients and staff members remains top of mind for Joslin Diabetes Center. As such, we are taking the necessary precautions to ensure this event is as safe as possible. These measures include requiring vaccinations (including boosters), socially distanced seating, eliminating shared touch points when possible, frequently sanitizing high-touch spaces and more. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 617-309-2412 or contact us rsvpmedalist [at] (by email)target="_blank" title="Email us".


What does fully vaccinated mean?

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated after receiving the second dose of a two-dose series, or one dose of a single-dose series, World Health Organization certified vaccine against COVID-19, along with a corresponding booster shot. Individuals must receive their booster shot at least two weeks in advance of the event.


May I bring a guest with me to the Medalist Celebration?

Yes, Medalists are welcome to bring one guest to join them for the Medalist Celebration. Due to space limitations, each Medalist is only allowed to bring one guest with them to the in person event.


Where is the event located? Will I be able to stay on-site for this event?

The Bi-Annual Medalist Celebration will take place at The Westin Copley Place, located at 10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116. Attendees who would like to make overnight accommodations for this event can book a stay through our room block at The Westin Copley Place. For overnight accommodations, please call Marriott reservations at 617-262-9600 and mention the Joslin Bi-Annual Medalist event.


Can I attend this event virtually?

The Medalist Celebration will be held in person on Saturday, April 22, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. For those unable to join us in Boston, a virtual option will be made available. We ask those who plan on joining us virtually to complete our online RSVP form and note your virtual attendance.


What is the agenda for the Medalist Celebration?

The Medalist Celebration will feature a number of scientific presentations from clinicians and researchers of the Joslin Medalist Study. In addition, you will have the opportunity to be a part of a special medal presentation as some of your peers receive their 75- and 80-year medals. More information will become available closer to the event.