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  • ICMR M.N. SEN ORATION AWARD
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      DR SANJAY K. BHADADA
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      Year : 2012
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    Dr M.N. Sen Oration Award was instituted in 1977 by Dr K.N. Sen, former Professor of Medicine, School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata in memory of his brother Shri M.N.Sen. This award is given to a scientist for the sustained research work carried out in the field of practice of medicine (clinical, laboratory or therapeutic). The award for the year 2012 is being presented to Dr Sanjay K. Bhadada, Associate Professor, Department of Endocrinology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for the research work on 'Primary hyperparathyroidism in India: Journey from bed side (clinical) to bench (molecular mechanisms)'. The research carried out by Dr Bhadada has expanded the knowledge of symptomatic primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT). The clinical implication of his work on PHPT pancreatitis is helpful in differentiating three (idiopathic, alcoholic and PHPT) common causes of pancreatitis. Curative parathyroidectomy in PHPT patients not only effectively prevents the recurrence of pancreatitis but also prevents end organ damage. He has also shown that prevalence of gall stone disease is much higher in PHPT than general population as well as coexistence of gall stone and renal stone disease strongly predicts PHPT. His prospective study, showed that anaemia, thrombocytopenia and marrow fibrosis improved after successful parathyroidectomy, improvement in anaemia was noticeable only in those who had marrow fibrosis at presentation. Dr Bhadada is a Member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and Fellow of the Association of Physicians of India. The Endocrine Society of India awarded him PN Shah Memorial Oration Award, 2010 and AR Seth Award (2013). He has published over 56 research papers in national and international journals.
  • ICMR Lala Ram Chand Kandhari Award
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      DR SEEMA SOOD
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      Year : 2012
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    The ICMR Lala Ram Chand Kandhari Award was instituted by Prof. K.C. Kandhari, former Head of the Department of Dermatology and Venerology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, in memory of his late father. The award is given to a scientist for research in the field of dermatology and sexually transmitted diseases. The award for the year 2012 is being jointly presented to Dr Seema Sood, Additional Professor, Department of Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for the research work on 'Innovation in diagnostics'. Dr Sood is actively working towards introducing novel technologies for diagnosis of infectious diseases with special focus on sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Specifically, her work on the development of DNA biosensor for detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a significant contribution. The biosensor is highly efficient in direct identification of culture and can be used as a nucleicacid based identification method for culture. She has a patent for this (PCT- IN2010-000457) to her credit. Another significant contribution in the field of diagnostics is the development of loop-mediated amplification (LAMP) assay for diagnosis of gonorrhoea. She has also developed an in-house PCR for gonorrhoea diagnosis. It is an inexpensive assay useful for laboratories providing STI services in our country. Additionally, she has established a National Network for Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) for N. gonorrhoeae to generate antimicrobial susceptibility data with quality control measures to enable tailoring of treatment guidelines in our region. Dr Sood has written a text book of Microbiology for nurses. She has over 75 research papers in national and international journals and is currently the Assistant Editor of the Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology.
  • ICMR Lala Ram Chand Kandhari Award
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      DR GOMATHY SETHURAMAN
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      Year : 2012
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    The ICMR Lala Ram Chand Kandhari Award was instituted by Prof. K.C. Kandhari, former Head of the Department of Dermatology and Venerology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, in memory of his late father. The award is given to a scientist for research in the field of dermatology and sexually transmitted diseases. The award for the year 2012 is being jointly presented to Dr Gomathy Sethuraman, Additional Professor, Department of Dermatology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for the research work on 'Vitamin D deficiency and rickets in children with congenital ichthyosis'. Dr Sethuraman has documented that children with congenital ichthyosis, especially those with pigmented (Indians) skin (type IV-VI), are at increased risk of developing vitamin D deficiency rickets. Given the increasing global prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, he has also stated that the risk may be growing for individuals with other skin types (I-III) as well. He has also defined the threshold levels of serum 25 (OH) D and parathyroid hormone for impaired bone health (rickets) in Indian children with congenital Ichthyosis. He has proved that children with congenital ichthyosis having serum levels of 25(OH)D less then equal to 8 ng-ml and parathyroid hormone greater then equal to 75 pg-ml are more prone to develop rickets, in particular autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis and epidermolytic Ichthyosis. Dr Sethuraman has published over 100 research papers in peer reviewed international and national journals.
  • DR.Y.S.NARAYANA RAO ORATION AWARD (MICROBIOLOGY)
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      DR D. NAGESWARA RAO
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      Year : 2012
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    The Dr Y.S. Narayana Rao Oration Award was instituted by Smt. Kamala Narayana Rao in 1972, in memory of her husband, late Dr Y.S. Narayana Rao, former Director of King Institute of Preventive Medicine, Guindy, Chennai. It is an award given to a scientist for carrying out sustained research work in the field of microbiology. The award for the year 2012 is being presented to Dr D. Nageswara Rao, Professor & Head, Department of Biochemistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi for the research work on 'Immunology of infectious diseases: ways to design vaccine'. The research work carried out by Dr Rao had expanded the knowledge in understanding, how subunit immunogen can be designed using relevant immunodominant regions of an antigen by stiching together thereby increasing the immunogenicity many fold in nano particles with built in Immunoadjuvants. This approach had helped in overcoming genetic restriction of HLA variability in humans as well as helped in the accurate serodiagnosis of a disease. He had shown how immunodominant epitopes can be designed for various diseases like Chikungunya, plague and malaria. He had used permissible adjuvants and biodegradable polymers for immunotherapy of vaccines. He has published over 150 papers in national and international journals. He is recipient of AIIMS Excellency Award I Prize and currently President of Indian Immunology Society.
  • DR. V.N. PATWARDHAN PRIZE
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      DR KOTAMBALLI N CHIDAMBARA MURTHY
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      Year : 2012
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    The Dr V.N. Patwardhan Prize was instituted in 1973 by Smt. Shanta Patwardhan in memory of her husband Dr V.N. Patwardhan, former Director of the National Institute of Nutrition (ICMR), Hyderabad. This prize is awarded to a scientist below 40 years of age for outstanding work carried out in India on fundamental, clinical or field studies in Nutritional Sciences. The award for the year 2012 is being presented to Dr K. N. Chidambara Murthy, Head, Research-Complementary and Alternate Medicine, Division of Research and Patents, M. S. Ramaiah Academy of Health and Applied Sciences, Bengaluru for the research work on 'Mechanism based evidence on prevention and inhibition of cancer by molecules of nutritional origin'. The research work carried out by Dr Murthy has demonstrated how some of the indigenous plants such as Decalepis, Withenia, Cissus quadrangularis, flax seed and popular fruits like grapes, pomegranate, orange and other citrus fruits can help in combating free radical mediated chronic diseases. Apart from demonstrating the benefits of these plants and their ingredients, he has also demonstrated the molecular mechanism on how the major marker compounds in these plants will help in prevention and management of cancer. His results demonstrated the benefit of naturally derived terpenioids (mono, di and tri), coumarins, polyphenols and phytosterols in prevention of organ specific cancers. He has also developed and optimized several in vitro and in vivo models of screening natural molecules for chronic disease prevention, that are economic and easy to perform. Dr Murthy has published over 80 papers in journals. He has also edited two books.
  • DR.VIDYA SAGAR AWARD
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      DR RITUSHREE KUKRETI
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      Year : 2012
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    The Dr Vidya Sagar Award was instituted in 1985 by faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh, in memory of Dr Vidya Sagar, former Professor of Psychiatry, Medical College, Rohtak. It is awarded to an eminent scientist for the outstanding contributions made in the field of mental health. The award for the year 2012 is being presented to Dr Ritushree Kukreti, Principal Scientist, Genomics and Molecular Medicine, CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi for the research work on 'Genetic basis of variable drug response for complex brain diseases'. The research work carried out by Dr Kukreti has expanded the knowledge base of pharmacogenomics in India, providing data about epidemiology, disease susceptibility and treatment efficacy. She initially started working to understand the molecular basis of complex diseases, with a goal towards personalized medicine. Her group has identified genetic contribution of CYP1A1 & MRP2 variants in treatment outcome of epilepsy patients speculating for altered drug response phenotype by modulating the 17Beta-estradiol (E2) levels as higher E2 levels has been shown to be a pro-convulsant and CYP1A1 is known to be involved in estrogen disposition and MRP2 is known to transport E2. Further, correlation among CYP1A1 and MRP2 expression, E2 levels and seizure frequency is being studied for therapeutic intervention in epilepsy. Dr Kukreti currently is member of Steering Committee of Asian Network for Pharmacogenomics Research, Member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS), New Delhi and the National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad. She has published over 55 research papers in national and international journals.
  • DR.T.RAMACHANDRA RAO AWARD (MEDICAL ENTOMOLOGY)
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      DR PRAGYA DHRUV YADAV
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      Year : 2012
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    The Dr T. Ramachandra Rao Award was Instituted in 1985 by the children of late Dr T. Ramachandra Rao, an entomologist and malariologist, also former Director of the National Institute of Virology (ICMR), Pune. This prize is awarded to a scientist for his- her research contributions in the field of medical entomology. The award for the year 2012 is being presented to Dr Pragya Dhruv Yadav, Scientist-C, Biosafety level-4 Laboratory, ICMR-National Institute of Virology, Pune for the research work on 'Study of zoonotic vector-borne low-pathogenic and high-pathogenic viruses in India'. Dr Yadav has been contributing as a molecular virologist for establishing diagnostics for emerging and re-emerging highly pathogenic viruses. She studied viruses isolated from ticks and mosquitoes at genome level and generated molecular data and helped in assigning their correct placement in Bunyaviridae family. Characterization of these Bunyaviruses isolated from India specifically Umbre virus, Nairobi sheep diseases virus (NSDV) and Batai virus and hantavirus has provided the genomic data which was useful in developing PCR based diagnostic assays. NSD is an important disease of livestock's in South Africa. The wide presence of this zoonotic virus was also proven in India. Her standardized assays were useful in investigating newly emerging viral diseases in India like Crimean Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in Gujarat. CCHF virus has potential to cause very high mortality in human. The vector of this deadly disease was identified to be Hyalomma anatolicum ticks collected from domestic animals in Gujarat State. CCHF zoonosis was confirmed in India. Pteropus giganteus bat was identified as vector of Nipah virus from Siliguri, India which emphasized that probably bats have been responsible for Nipah outbreaks and human deaths in West Bengal State, India. Her findings have emphasized that it is imperative to study actively the different reservoir of infection to understand the origin of highly infectious diseases in India. Dr Yadav developed real-time (RT)-PCR and PCR based assays that diagnosed Kyasanur forest disease (KFD) virus from human, ticks and monkeys specimens in newer areas of the States of Karnataka, Tami Nadu and Kerala. She has also studied the ancestry of CCHF, KFD and dengue virus in India. Dr Yadav has published a book on biosafety and 40 papers in national and international journals.
  • DR.P.N.RAJU ORATION AWARD
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      DR VIKASH KUMAR DUBEY
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      Year : 2012
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    The Dr P.N. Raju Oration Award was instituted in 1965 by Dr Narsimha Raju, a Medical Practitioner of Vishakhapatnam. This prize is awarded to a scientist for his-her work in any subject of national importance in the field of medicine or public health. The award for year 2012 is being presented to Dr Vikash Kumar Dubey, Professor, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati for the research work on 'Understanding redox metabolism in Leishmania parasite'. Using integrated computational and biochemical approaches, Dr Dubey has provided fundamental insight into redox metabolism of the pathogen. He has identified novel lead drug candidates that disrupt redox homeostasis of the parasite. His studies have also provided better understanding of miltefosine resistance in Leishmania. Similar, his work towards understanding of protein amyloid is equally important. Dr Dubey also provided new insights in the development of a stable mutant form of human acidic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-1) for developing a new treatment for patients suffering from degenerative heart disease. Dr Dubey has been awarded BM Birla Science, Kolkata, Prize, Prof. Umakant Sinha Memorial Award of the Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata, DBT-Innovative Young Scientist Award, etc. and he sits on the editorial board of three biomedical journals. He has seven US patents to his credit, and published over 90 papers in journals.
  • DR.M.K.SESHADRI PRIZE
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      DR SANJAY LAXMAN CHAUHAN
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      Year : 2012
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    The Dr M.K. Seshadri Prize was instituted in 1977 by Smt. Seshadri in memory of her husband. It is offered to a scientist for outstanding contributions made in the field of community medicine. The award for the year 2012 is being presented to Dr Sanjay Laxman Chauhan, Scientist-F and Head, Department of Operational Research, ICMRNational Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH), Mumbai for the Research work on 'Operational research work on reproductive health'. Dr Chauhan coordinated the development of evidence-based 'National Guidelines on prevention, management and control of reproductive tract infections (RTI) including sexually transmitted infections (STI)' and 'Operational Guidelines for programme managers and service providers for strengthening STI-RTI services'. These guidelines are being used in the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) and Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) Programme under National Health Mission. He has also coordinated the development of six training modules (facilitator's guide and trainee's handouts) and training strategy for delivery of RTI-STI services by doctors, staff nurses-LHV-ANMs, and laboratory technicians. He along with his team has developed urban and rural models for delivering adolescent friendly sexual and reproductive health services integrated with the family welfare services through health posts in Mumbai and rural health facilities in Karjat block of Raigad district in the State of Maharashtra. Both the models are based on implementation research and are scaled-up in the health system by the State government. Dr Chauhan is also the Officer-in-Charge of 43 country-wide NIRRH Field Units (former HRRCs) located in various medical colleges in India. He also heads the Network Secretariat of WHO Collaborating Centres on Reproductive Health in South-East Asia Region and is also the Nodal Officer of Govt. of India's Model Rural Health Research Unit in Maharashtra. Dr Chauhan has over 40 research publications and scientific reports to his credit.
  • Drs. Kunti & Om Prakash Oration Award
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      DR SMITA D. MAHALE
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      Year : 2012
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    The Drs. Kunti & Om Prakash Oration Award was instituted in 2005 by Messrs Vipul and Rahul Prakash in memory of their parents, Drs. Kunti and Om Prakash, This award is conferred on a scientist for excellence achieved in the field of biomedical sciences. The award for the year 2012 is being presented to Dr Smita D. Mahale, Director & Scientist-G, ICMR-National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Mumbai for the research work on 'Understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in hormone binding and activation of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) receptor'. The research work done by Dr Mahale in the area of gonadotropins has led to the understanding of interaction of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) with its receptor at molecular and cellular level. This information is crucial for developing FSH antagonists with contraceptive potential or agonists for treatment of infertility. She has extensively studied the FSH receptor genotypes in infertile women to understand the causes of reproductive abnormalities. These findings have resulted in developing a molecular marker for predicting ovarian response to FSH treatment in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure. Dr Mahale is a Fellow of the National Academy of Science, India, Allahabad and the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi. She has published over 60 research papers in journals of national and international repute.

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