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  • SHAKUNTALA AMIR CHAND PRIZES
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      DR P. MANIKANDAN
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      Year : 2009
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    The Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize was instituted in 1953 by late Major General Amir Chand for significant research contribution by young scientists in biomedical sciences. This prize is awarded for the best published research work on any subject in the field of biomedical science including clinical research. The award for the year 2009 is being presented to Dr P. Manikandan, Scientist and Head, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Biology, Aravind Eye Hospital and Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Coimbatore for his research work on 'Epidemiological, clinical and laboratory investigations of ocular infections'. Dr Manikandan's important studies helped to bring out a single largest outbreak of an ocular disease in Coimbatore city. He was instrumental in reporting a local outbreak of ocular toxoplasmosis caused by a parasite Toxoplasma gondii. His another significant accomplishment is series of reports that he made on 'new fungal species' causing corneal infections and so far, he has identified and reported 'six new fungal species' infecting cornea involving molecular techniques. Dr Manikandan has been awarded 'Dr Pankajalakshmi Venugopal Glaxo Meritorious Award-2010' by the Society for Indian Human and Animal Mycologists (SIHAM) for his work in the field of Medical Mycology. Dr Manikandan has to his credit more than 43 research publications in national and international journals.
  • SHAKUNTALA AMIR CHAND PRIZES
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      DR ELLORA SEN
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      Year : 2009
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    The Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize was instituted in 1953 by late Major General Amir Chand for significant research contribution by young scientists in biomedical sciences. This prize is awarded for the best published research work on any subject in the field of biomedical science including clinical research. The award for the year 2009 is being presented to Dr Ellora Sen, Scientist IV, DBT's National Brain Research Centre, Manesar, Haryana for her research focused on understanding the 'Role of inflammation in glioblastoma progression'. Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)-the most aggressive malignant brain tumor is largely resistant to current therapeutic regimens. Despite recent advances in understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in GBM progression, the prognosis continues to be dismal. Although the role of inflammation in tumorigenesis is well documented, the role of inflammatory mediators in glioma progression has not been well reported. Dr Sen's group is actively engaged in understanding inflammation driven aberrant signaling pathways in glioma and identifying small molecule inhibitor that can induce glioma cell death by altering such aberrations. Dr Sen's group evaluated the efficacy as well as the mechanism of action of various small molecule inhibitors in the induction of glioma cell death. Their studies indicating that high basal oxidative stress level in glioma cells renders them highly vulnerable to further oxidative insults by exogenous agents has been highly cited relative to its age.
  • MAJOR GENERAL SAHEB SINGH SOKHEY AWARD
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      DR SUBARNA ROY
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      Year : 2009
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    This award was instituted in 1988 in accordance with the will of Major General Saheb Singh Sokhey and is granted to a scientist for his-her outstanding contributions in the field of Communicable Diseases, significantly adding to the existing knowledge in the field. The award for 2009 is being presented to Dr Subarna Roy, Scientist-E, ICMR's Regional Medical Research Centre, Belgaum for his research work on 'Molecular epidemiology of communicable diseases in Andaman & Nicobar Islands'. Dr Subarna Roy has made significant contributions in the identification of etiology of several infectious diseases, and understanding their epidemiology in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Dr Roy has also worked in the area of diarrhoeal diseases, leptospirosis and chikungunya fever. He was instrumental in setting up of a surveillance camp at Car Nicobar Island after the Great Asian Tsunami that worked on prevention and control of outbreaks of communicable diseases after the natural disaster. Dr Roy worked on epidemiology of cholera and shigellosis in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and has monitored the changing drug resistance patterns over time. His group has reported emergence of resistance to antibiotics from India and has identified several mutations responsible for these emerging resistances. Dr Roy identified a particular clone of leptospires that was responsible for the majority of cases of endemic and epidemic leptospirosis in the Islands and also developed a novel method of characterization and identification of these organisms. Dr Roy has published over 40 research papers in national and international journals.
  • ICMR Tilak Venkoba Rao Award
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      DR YATAN PAL SINGH BALHARA
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      Year : 2009
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    The ICMR Tilak Venkoba Rao Award was instituted in 1982 by Dr Parvathi Devi and Dr A. Venkoba Rao in memory of their son Tilak Venkoba Rao. This award is given in the field of Psychological Medicine in one year and on Reproductive Physiology in the other. The award for the year 2009 is being presented to Dr Yatan Pal Singh Balhara, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), WHO Collaborating Centre on Substance Abuse, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for his research work on 'Assessment of abuse liability of pheniramine among opioid-dependent human subjects'. Dr Balhara research has focused on common mental disorders, severe mental disorders and substance use disorders. He has carried out national and international collaborative works on these themes. He has worked on the assessment of abuse liability of pheniramine, disability and stigma associated with psychiatric disorders and co-morbidity of endocrinal disorders and psychiatric disorders. Dr Balhara is a recipient of Fellowships from WHO, University of Adelaide, Australia- King's College, London- Virginia Commonwealth University, USA- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and World Association for Social Psychiatry. He has published over 50 research papers in national and international journals.
  • ICMR PRIZE FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH CONDUCTED IN UNDER-DEVELOPED AREAS
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      DR P. SUNDARESAN
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      Year : 2009
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    The ICMR Prize for biomedical research conducted in underdeveloped areas was instituted by the Council in 1983 for scientists who have contributed significantly to any field of biomedical sciences and is granted for the work carried out in under developed areas of the country. The prize for 2009 is being presented to Dr P. Sundaresan, Senior Scientist, Department of Genetics, Aravind Medical Research Foundation, Dr G. Venkataswamy Eye Research Institute, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai for his research work on 'Congenital blindness in India: A cluster study on ocular anomalies in Ara, Bihar'. Dr Sundaresan's research work focuses on the molecular genetics of inherited eye diseases, identification of candidate genes for eye diseases, developing genetic tests for inherited eye diseases and performing prenatal diagnosis for albinism. His specific areas of research include molecular genetics on primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), primary angle closure glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinal dystrophies. In addition, he identified spectrum of genetic variations for many eye diseases in Indian population. These are Aniridia, Globe anomalies, BPES, CHED, FECD, ocular albinism, age related macular degeneration, FEVR, congenital and age related cataract, Lebers congenital amaurosis, LHON, etc. He has published over 65 scientific papers in national and international journals. He has received ICMR prize for biomedical research for scientists belonging to under priviledged communities (2006) for his contributions in the field of Moilecular genetics on inherited eye diseases.
  • ICMR PRIZE FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FOR SCIENTISTS BELONGING TO UNDER-PRIVILEGED COMMUNITIES
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      DR AJAI SINGH
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      Year : 2009
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    The ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research for Scientists belonging to underprivileged communities was instituted by the Council in 1983 for scientists who have contributed significantly to any field of biomedical sciences and is granted to scientists belonging to under privileged communities. The prize for 2009 is being presented to Dr Ajai Singh, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, King George's Medical University, Lucknow for his research work on 'Analysis of ankle alignment abnormalities as a risk factor for paediatric flexible flat foot'. Dr Ajai Singh has worked extensively on prevention of overuse and missed injuries in children. His innovative work on biomarkers of healing - which predicts early the complications like non-union and delayed union, has changed the trauma management. His innovated technique of the management of fracture calcaneum (a semi-invasive, cheaper, lighter, indigenous and patient-doctor friendly technique based on principles of ligamentotaxis) has changed the scenario of treatment of these complex fractures. Dr Singh authored three books and 81 scientific papers in various international and national journals. He has received 'Albright Best Innovator of the Year Award' and 'Vigyan Ratan Award' among others.
  • BASANTI DEVI AMIR CHAND PRIZE
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      DR RADHA KRISHAN DHIMAN
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      Year : 2009
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    The Basanti Devi Amir Chand Prize was the earliest instituted award of ICMR, founded in 1953 by late Major General Amir Chand for the significant research contributions made by scientists in the field of biomedical sciences. The award for the year 2009 is being presented to Dr Radha Krishan Dhiman, Professor of Hepatology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for his research work on 'Hepatic encephalopathy'. Dr Dhiman devised, a new psychometric test, figure connection test (FCT) for the objective assessment of mental state in patients with minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE). He developed and standardized psychometric hepatic encephalopathy score (PHES) for Indian population, which is a tool for the diagnosis of MHE in an outpatient setting. PHES also has prognostic value on survival. Dr Dhiman and his colleagues demonstrated that treatment with lactulose improved both cognitive functions and health related quality of life (HRQOL) in cirrhotic patients with MHE; treatment of MHE has now become part of guidelines for treatment of MHE. He demonstrated the high prevalence of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) in patients with cirrhosis with MHE, which gave the rationale of treatment directed against SIBO and gut dysmotility, which may include non-absorbable antibiotics such as rifaximin, probiotics, and prokinetics. Dr Dhiman is recipient of Dr B.C. Roy National Award for the year 2006, and ICMR awards thrice previously viz. 'Dr DV Datta Memorial Oration Award' in 1996, 'Shakuntala Amir Chand Award' in 1998 and 'Amrut Modi Unichem' in 2004. He has to his credit more than 190 publications in international and national journals. He has been honoured with Fellowship of the American Society of Gastroenterology and National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
  • AMRUT MODY UNICHEM PRIZE
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      DR PREMASHIS KAR
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      Year : 2009
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    The Amrut Mody Unichem Prize was instituted by Unichem Laboratories in 1985. This prize is awarded to a scientist for the research work carried out in the field of Gastroenterology-Cardiology-Neurology-Maternal and Child Health- Chest Diseases. The award for the year 2009 is being presented in the field of Gastroenterology to Dr Premashis Kar, Professor of Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi for his research work on 'HEV infection in acute viral hepatitis and fulminant hepatic failure during pregnancy-why is the disease stormy?'. Dr Kar has made significant contributions with respect to the better understanding of viral hepatitis and its sequel. He has shown that pregnancy appears to be a potential risk factor for viral replication and suggested that diminished cellular immunity induced by decreased CD4 count, increased CD8 cell count, lowered CD4-CD8 cell ratios and high levels of steroid hormones possibly influences the viral replication/expression during pregnancy and this could be the possible reason for severity of the disease. Also, viral copies of HEV in fulminant hepatic failure pregnant women were comparatively higher when compared to acute viral hepatitis pregnant women which may be related to the severity of the disease in these patients. Dr Kar and his team also showed that the exclusion of P65 from Nf-k activation complex seems to be a crucial step which may cause deregulation of immunity and severe liver damage leading to the death of the patient in cases of acute liver failure in pregnancy. Dr Kar is a Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (FAMS), American College of Gastroenterology (FACG), Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) and Indian College of Physicians (ICP). He has been recipient of the ICMR Kamala Menon Medical Research Award 2000, ICMR P.N. Raju Oration Award 2005 and Delhi Government State Award 2001. Dr Kar has 150 research publications in national and international journals.
  • JALMA TRUST FUND ORATION AWARD (LEPROSY)
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      DR BHUSHAN KUMAR
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      Year : 2007
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    The JALMA Trust Fund Oration Award was instituted with funds donated by the Japan Leprosy Mission for Asia to commemorate the Mission's work on leprosy in India. This award is conferred upon a scientist for sustained research activity in the field of Leprosy and other mycobacterial diseases. The award for the year 2007 is being presented to Dr Bhushan Kumar, Former Professor and Head, Department of Skin, STD and Leprosy, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for his research work on 'Epidemiological characteristics of leprosy reactions - 15 years experiences from north India'. Leprosy reactions are one of the most significant issues in the management of individual patients as these are the main cause of the hideous deformities generally associated with leprosy. Dr Bhushan Kumar has made a significant contribution in epidemiology and management of leprosy as well as leprosy reactions and role of immunotherapy in leprosy reactions. Besides working on the epidemiological and clinical profile of leprosy and lepra reactions he has also been actively involved in many studies on etio-pathogenesis and immunopathology of leprosy. His work on systemic involvement in leprosy is also extensive and unparalleled so far. Dr Bhushan Kumar has published over 490 papers, written numerous book chapters as also coauthored IAL Textbook of Leprosy. Dr Kumar is a member of the editorial board of Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS and Indian Journal of Leprosy.
  • PROF.SURINDAR MOHAN MARWAH AWARD
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      DR K.S. SHAJI
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      Year : 2008
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    This award was instituted in 1993 by Prof. Surindar Mohan Marwah and is given to an Indian scientist for significant contributions in the field of Geriatrics through sustained research in India on the problems of the aged. The Award for the year 2008 is being presented to Dr K.S. Shaji, Professor of Psychiatry, Govt Medical College, Thrissur for his research work on 'Dementia research in India'. Along with fellow researchers from the 10/66 Dementia Research Group, Dr Shaji facilitated dementia research in India and other developing countries. His research reports lead to the development of an innovative dementia case finding method and a caregiver intervention programme. Studies from other developing countries have found this case finding method useful and the caregiver intervention programme effective. This community based intervention programme is now considered suitable for dementia care in developing countries. Dr Shaji provided leadership in developing Geriatric Psychiatry as a specialty in India. He was the coordinator of the 10-66 Dementia Research Group network in India. Dr Shaji is a member of the group of scientists working on the development of packages for care as part of the mhGAP initiative by the World Health Organization. He has several research publications on dementia in peer reviewed medical journals. He was awarded Dr Vimla Virmani award by the National Academy of Medical Sciences for dementia research.

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