Awards

Awards List

  • ICMR PRIZE FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FOR SCIENTISTS BELONGING TO UNDER-PRIVILEGED COMMUNITIES
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      DR INSAF AHMED QURESHI
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      Year : 2010
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    The ICMR Prize for biomedical research for scientists belonging to underprivileged communities was instituted by ICMR in 1983 for scientists belonging to Scheduled Caste-Scheduled Tribe-Backward Classes and who have contributed significantly to the field of biomedical sciences. This prize is offered to a research scientist for his/her outstanding and sustained contributions in any field of Biomedical Sciences. The award for the year 2010 is being jointly presented to Dr Insaf Ahmed Qureshi, Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad for his research work on 'Structural studies of FK506 bound PvFKBD to design novel therapeutics against malarial parasites'. With a view to assist the design of new class of drugs, Dr Qureshi has determined the structures of the FK506 binding domain (FKBD) of Plasmodium vivax in unliganded and in complex with FK506 by X-ray crystallography. Crystal structures exhibited a canonical FKBD fold and revealed differences in the several loop areas and substrate-binding sites from HsFKBP12, a human FKBP homolog. Dr Qureshi has published over 20 research papers in national and international journals.
  • ICMR PRIZE FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FOR SCIENTISTS BELONGING TO UNDER-PRIVILEGED COMMUNITIES
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      DR SURENDER SINGH
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      Year : 2010
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    The ICMR Prize for biomedical research for scientists belonging to underprivileged communities was instituted by ICMR in 1983 for scientists belonging to Scheduled Caste-Scheduled Tribe-Backward Classes and who have contributed significantly to the field of biomedical sciences. This prize is offered to a research scientist for his-her outstanding and sustained contributions in any field of Biomedical Sciences. The award for the year 2010 is being jointly presented to Dr Surender Singh, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for his research work on 'Scientific validation of traditional drugs used for rheumatoid arthritis'. Dr Singh has established a new technique to study the molecular mode of action of various pharmacopeial herbal drugs especially in terms of estimation of various cytokines like IL-6, TNF-alpha, TNF-R1 using dot blot analysis, CFA induced stimulation of peritoneal macrophages and SDS-PAGE and western blotting techniques. He has made significant contributions in the field of pharmacotherapy of inflammatory disorders using cytokine profiling and respective characterization for establishing the disease modifying agent in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Dr Singh is a Member of National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He has published over 60 scientific papers in national and international journals.
  • ICMR KSHANIKA ORATION AWARD
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      DR SUDHA MAHAJAN COWSIK
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      Year : 2010
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    The ICMR Kshanika Oration Award was instituted in 1977 by Dr K. N. Sen, former Professor of Medicine, School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata to be awarded to an eminent woman scientist for her meritorious work carried out in any of the branches of Biomedical Sciences. The award for the year 2010 is being jointly presented to Dr Sudha Mahajan Cowsik, Professor, School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi for her research work on 'Neuropeptides and neurodegeneration- structure, dynamics and drug design'. Dr Cowsik has determined membrane bound structures of a number of major Tachykinin neuropeptides and thereby characterizing a therapeutically important entire Tachykinin family. Her pioneering work has revived the use of perdeutrated lipid/detergent micelles in membrane biology. She has also developed computational methods and algorithms to visualize biomolecular topographies, pharmacophore pattern and receptor surfaces leading to structure based drug design. Prof. Cowsik is a Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, recipient of Homi Bhabha Fellowship, Member of National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad and Indian Academy of Neurosciences.
  • ICMR KSHANIKA ORATION AWARD
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      DR ANNIE JOHN
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      Year : 2010
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    The ICMR Kshanika Oration Award was instituted in 1977 by Dr K. N. Sen, former Professor of Medicine, School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata. This prize is awarded to a woman scientist for her meritorious work carried out in any of the branches of Biomedical Sciences. The award for the year 2010 is being jointly presented to Dr Annie John, Scientist-E, Division of Laboratory Animal Science, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram for her research work on 'Cell-ceramic constructs for repair of large segmental defects in orthopaedic reconstructive surgery'. Dr Annie John has made significant contributions in understanding the preliminary material testing under in vitro and in vivo conditions. Tapping into the massive potential in stem cell technology, Dr Annie has explored the possibilities of sourcing mesenchymal stem cells from bone marrow and adipose tissue for bone tissue engineering applications to address long bone defects, porous ceramic cylinders combined with bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells proved successful in goat segmental bone defect model, indicating mature technological levels. Research work has been carried out in interface cartilage tissue engineering in rabbit and goat models to address this issue using a single ceramic unit with two cell types - bone and cartilage to build the osteochondral defect. Dr Annie has been instrumental in the introduction of osteoporotic models that mimic post-menopausal bone loss and help address related bone fragility. A model of diabetic bone healing in the calvarial bone of rat has also been established. Related to lifestyle disorders, an intervertebral disc (IVD) damage model has taken off, to understand posture and trauma related tissue damage to the IVD and its therapy using hydrogel-cell combination.
  • DR.H.B.DINGLEY MEMORIAL AWARD (PAEDIATRICS)
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      DR PARAG M. TAMHANKAR
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      Year : 2010
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    The Dr H.B. Dingley Memorial Award was instituted in 1988 by Smt. Deepika Kumar in memory of her father, late Dr H.B. Dingley for the outstanding contributions in the field of Paediatrics. The award for the year 2010 is being jointly presented to Dr Parag M. Tamhankar, Scientist C, ICMR's Genetics Research Center, Mumbai for his research work on 'Unraveling the molecular basis of genetic disorders in India towards a strategy for their diagnosis, management and prevention by prenatal diagnosis'. Dr Tamhankar's research showed that a model, a pre-marital screening in extended family members of thalassemia patients or carriers followed by prenatal diagnosis and medical termination of pregnancy is an acceptable and effective strategy to reduce the burden of thalassemia in India. He showed that appropriate genetic counselling can remove the stigma associated with genetic disease leading to acceptance of marriage of prospective couples detected as carriers. Dr Tamhankar's research on thalassemia also identified several novel mutations in Indian patients with beta thalassemia. He validated the quantitative fluorescent polymerase chain reaction method of molecular diagnosis in Indian patients with Down syndrome. He has also identified the molecular basis responsible for three separate genetic disorders in India viz. facioscapulohumeral dystrophy, osteoporosis and congenital X-linked dyskeratosis. Dr Tamhankar has published more than 20 research papers in international and national journals.
  • BASANTI DEVI AMIR CHAND PRIZE
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      DR P. SATISHCHANDRA
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      Year : 2010
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    The Basanti Devi Amir Chand Prize is 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. This prize is awarded to a research scientist engaged in any area of Biomedical Sciences. The award for the year 2010 is being jointly presented to Dr P. Satishchandra, Director-Vice Chancellor, Professor of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore for his research work on 'Research in epilepsy'. An international expert in the field of 'Epileptology', Dr Satishchandra has contributed immensely to the characterization of different unique disease entities like 'hot water epilepsy' and 'myoclonic epilepsies', their genetic basis and evolving management strategies. He established 'Neurobiology Research Centre' (NRC) at NIMHANS housing 15 research laboratories with stress on multidisciplinary translational research. He is recognized as one of the experts in the field of neuroinfections with special reference to HIV and AIDS in India. He has been championing the cause of National Mental Health Programme as an advisor to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. To protect the human rights and promote welfare of neurologically and mentally challenged, he is instrumental in establishing a free legal AID centre at NIMHANS perhaps for the first time in the country, as also the Magneto Encephalography (MEG) Laboratory for both research in Neuropsychiatry and for 'comprehensive epilepsy programme'. Prof. Satishchandra and the team he lead will be remembered for taking NIMHANS to greater heights to be recognized as an 'Institute of National Importance', a trend setting medical and scientific institute.
  • BASANTI DEVI AMIR CHAND PRIZE
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      DR G. BHANUPRAKASH REDDY
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      Year : 2010
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    The Basanti Devi Amir Chand Prize is 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. This prize is awarded to a research scientist engaged in any area of Biomedical Sciences. The award for the year 2010 is being jointly presented to Dr G. Bhanuprakash Reddy, Scientist - E and Head, Department of Ocular Biochemistry, ICMR's National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad for his research work on 'Diabetic complications and nutrition'. His group has shown the impact of functional foods as molecular-target based nutraceuticals for diabetic complications. He described retinal degeneration in a spontaneous obese rat model. His research indicated erythrocyte aldose reductase and sorbitol levels as putative biomarkers of diabetic retinopathy. Identified a novel mutation in alpha-crystallin and provided molecular basis of early onset of age-related cataract associated with this mutation. Dr Reddy is a recipient of Scopus India Young Scientist Award, RPBInternational Research Scholars Award, ICMR-Excellent Research Output Award, ICMR-Dr V. N. Patwardhan Prize, and Nutrition Society of India-Young Scientist Award. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, India and AP Akademi of Sciences. Dr Reddy has published over 85 research papers in international and national journals.
  • AMRUT MODY UNICHEM PRIZE
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      DR SHALLY AWASTHI
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      Year : 2010
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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 Maternal and Child Health. The award for the year 2010 is being jointly presented to Dr Shally Awasthi, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, King George's Medical University, Lucknow for her research work on 'Effect of behaviour change communication on qualified medical care seeking for sick neonates among urban poor in Lucknow, northern India - a before and after intervention study'. In the field of neonatal health, her work expanded the knowledge about communities perception about neonatal illness and subsequent care seeking. Her research led to the development of a behaviour change communication (BCC) intervention, which included a pictorial 'Neonatal Well-Being Card', for qualified medical care-seeking for sick newborns. In the area of childhood pneumonia, her work has focused on the duration of antibiotic therapy as well as choice of antibiotics for the treatment of community acquired pneumonia. Evidence provided by her research work along with others has resulted in WHO recommending 3 - days treatment with antibiotics in children with nonsevere pneumonia in Integrated Management of Childhood Illness Guidelines. She has received the ICMR's Dr H.B. Dingley Memorial Award for Pediatrics Research in 1996 and is a Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad, and Indian Academy of Pediatrics. She has published over 150 research papers in national and international journals.
  • AMRUT MODY UNICHEM PRIZE
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      DR SUNIT SINGHI
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      Year : 2010
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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 2010 is being jointly presented to Dr Sunit Singhi, Professor and Head, Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency and Intensive Care, Advanced Pediatrics, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for his research work on 'Maternal and child health'. Prof. Singhi's research studies led to abandonment of conventional practice of fluid restriction in meningitis, explained pathogenesis of oxytocin induce hyperbillirubinemia. His work also demonstrated that critically ill children have very high incidence of hyponatremia, hypokalemia, hypocalcaemia and hypomagnesaemia and hyponatremia in acutely ill children and children with pneumonia is a marker of severity of illness and a prognostic indicator. He demonstrated that total and extra cellular body water is increased in children with pneumonia and brochiolitis because of significant decrease in renal water excretion capacity and free water clearance. His work showed that use of dextrose-water for oxytocin infusion in mothers during labour leads to transplacental hyponatremia and increase risk of jaundice. These finding have led to use of saline as a vehicle for oxytocin infusion. Dr Singhi, is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Indian College of Critical Care, National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS), New Delhi and American College of Critical Care Medicine. He has published more than 300 research papers in indexed journals.
  • ICMR KSHANIKA ORATION AWARD
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      DR SANGITA MUKHOPADHYAY
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      Year : 2009
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    The ICMR Kshanika Oration Award was instituted in 1977 by Dr K. N. Sen, former Professor of Medicine, School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata to be awarded to an eminent woman scientist for her meritorious work carried out in any of the branches of Biomedical Sciences. The award for the year 2009 is being presented to Dr Sangita Mukhopadhyay, Staff Scientist-5, Chief, Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), Hyderabad for her research work on 'Reactive oxygen species (ROS): Induction of immunesuppression during infection and ageing and Implication of anti - oxidants as therapeutic approaches'. ROS, generated during the innate immune response are considered to be important anti-microbial agents. However, in exceptional cases like tuberculosis overproduction of ROS 'per se' do not kill Mycobacterium bacilli but rather are involved in exacerbating the disease, which hint that ROS may actually favor pathogen survival by directly suppressing host's immune responses. Research in this area by Dr Mukhopadhyay reveals that excessive free radical generated in our body during chronic infections and other patho-physiological disorders like aging and stress can directly hamper our protective immune response by inhibiting interleukin-12 cytokine and downregulating T-helper 1 (Th1) T cell response and trigger immunosuppression. She has also made significant contributions in discovering a novel signalling network that regulate NF- B - rel activity and the stress response involving the SOCS3 protein. She has demonstrated that intracellular pathogen like M. tuberculosis exploits this signaling pathway to inhibit the anti - mycobacterial protective response to suit its intracellular life style. Dr Mukhopadhyay is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences India, Allahabad, and the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore. She has filed three patents and published over 34 research papers in international journals.

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