BASANTI DEVI AMIR CHAND PRIZE

2001

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DR O.N. NAGI

The Basanti Devi Amir Chand Prize is the oldest award of ICMR, instituted in 1953 by the Late Major General Amir Chand for significant research contributions in Biomedical Sciences.

The prize for 2001 is being presented to Dr O.N. Nagi, Dean, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. Dr Nagi receives the prize for his work on "Development of arthroplasty, modifications in its techniques".

Prof Nagi has been a leading orthopaedic surgeon for more than 30 years and has contributed extensively to the field of orthopaedic surgery especially arthroplasty. He has innovated new techniques to make it suitable for patients where previous surgeries had altered the anatomy of the joints. He has also defined a new technique of Girdlestone arthroplasty to give reasonable mobility to totally disabled poor patients who cannot afford replacement surgery.

His contribution in this field led to his nomination as Honorary Consultant for Indian Army and is also the only Asian to be selected as a Test Surgeon for new hip prosthesis using latest PEEK technology. He has more than 200 publications in scientific journals and few chapters in text books of orthopaedics. He has been a visiting scientist to several institutes both within India and abroad.

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BASANTI DEVI AMIR CHAND PRIZE

2001

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DR SUBHASH RAGHUVIR NAIK

The Basanti Devi Amir Chand Prize is the oldest award of ICMR, instituted in 1953 by the Late Major General Amir Chand for significant research contributions in biomedical sciences.

The prize for 2001 is being presented to Late Prof Subhash Raghuvir Naik, Department of Gastroenterology, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow. Dr Naik receives the prize for his work on "Gastroenterology (hepatitis)"

Late Prof S.R. Naik had been actively engaged in the field of gastroenterology for more than 30 years as an academician and researcher. His outstanding contributions have been in the field of viral hepatitis, amoebiasis and chronic liver disease. His research included epidemiological, clinical, experimental and molecular biology studies. Contributions made by Prof Naik had a significant impact on the understanding of the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of these diseases. Dr Naik had been the recipient of many awards, orations and fellowships of prestigious scientific bodies. He was fellow of Academy of Medical Sciences and National Academy of Sciences.

He had published more than 250 papers in both national and international journals of repute.

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DR P.N. RAJU ORATION AWARD

2000

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DR RANJU RALHAN

The Dr P.N. Raju Oration Award was instituted in 1965 by Dr Narasimha Raju, a Medical Practitioner of Vishakhapatnam, as an oration by an eminent scientist on his/her work in any field of medicine or public health.

The award for 2000 is being presented to Dr Ranju Ralhan, Additional Professor, Department of Biochemistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for her contribution in "Molecular markers for oral precancer and cancer".

Dr Ralhan has been undertaking research activities in understanding basic mechanism and several pathobiology and tobacco induced oral and esophageal cancers in India. Her work includes identification of molecular markers for early diagnosis and monitoring clinical course of the disease. She has also established an experimental model for oral cancer and identified a novel gene which may be associated with high risk of oral precancerous lesions in habitual tobacco chewers. Her research in the field of tobacco and oral health has led to a better understanding of pathogenesis of the disease.

She has more than 100 publications and several chapters in books. She is a member of various scientific bodies and is recipient of the Sandoz Oration Award of ICMR in 1996.

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SANDOZ ORATION AWARD

2000

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DR M. RADHAKRISHNA PILLAI

The Sandoz Oration Award, instituted in 1970, is given annually to an eminent scientist for his/her contributions in the field of cancer research.

The award for 2000 is being presented to Dr M. Radhakrishna Pillai, Associate Professor and Head, Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram for his research work on "Cellular pathology of human papilloma virus associated tumorigenesis".

Dr Pillai has worked extensively in the field of molecular epidemiology of human papilloma virus (HPV) associated tumours. His studies have described possible mechanisms involved in HPV mediated carcinogenesis including alterations in genes such as p53, bcl-2 and bax as well as the development of a "condemned mucosa syndrome" which preceeds invasive malignancy in HPV associated tumours. He has also described the various cellular pathological variables associated with this phenomenon including down regulation of programmed cell death, increased cell proliferation and tissue angiogenesis and activation of telomerase. Dr Pillai has also undertaken research on the role of apoptosis in the pathogenesis of several tumours, paediatric acute leukaemia and oral cancer.

Dr Pillai has more than 96 publications in prestigious scientific journals and is a member of various scientific organizations.

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DR KAMALA MENON MEDICAL RESEARCH AWARD

2000

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DR PREMASHISH KAR

The Kamala Menon Medical Research Award was instituted in 1975 by Shri T.K. Menon in memory of his wife for presentation to an eminent scientist in the field of "Internal Medicine".

The award for 2000 in the field of "Internal Medicine" is being presented to Dr Premashish Kar, Professor, Department of Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi for his research work on " Viral liver diseases".

Dr Kar has been working in the field of molecular diagnosis of major hepatotropic viruses using PCR technique. The result of his studies have indicated the prevalence of different hepatotropic viruses including hepatitis A, B, C, E & G and transfusion transmitted virus (TTV). His studies have also shown association between hepatitis C virus and cirrhosis of liver in approximately 11 per cent of cases.

He has over 60 scientific publications to his credit and is a member of several professional scientific bodies.

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KSHANIKA ORATION AWARD

2000

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DR POONAM SALOTRA

The Kshanika Oration Award was instituted in 1977 by Dr K.N. Sen, former Professor of Medicine, School of Tropical Medicine, Calcutta to be given annually to eminent women scientists for outstanding contributions in Biomedical Sciences.

The award for 2000 is being presented to Dr Poonam Salotra, Assistant Director, Institute of Pathology, New Delhi for her research work on Leishmaniasis – development of vaccine and diagnostic tests".

Dr Salotra has been working in the field of ‘Leishmaniasis’ and has successfully established the culture facilities for L.donovani and also has been successful in developing a highly sensitive and specific PCR based diagnostic test for kala-azar (KA) and post kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL) patients. The highlight of her research achievement has been the identification of novel genes exhibiting stage specific expression in L. donovani. She has been able to identify a gene specifically expressed during the promastigote stage that codes for centrin and was able to show that modificatiom of this gene resulted in the reduction of parasite growth. These results have paved the way for the development of attenuated parasites for evaluation as a potential candidate for vaccine.

She has published more than 20 research papers in scientific journals of repute.

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KSHANIKA ORATION AWARD

2000

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DR PRABHA BALARAM

The Kshanika Oration Award was instituted in 1977 by Dr K.N. Sen, former Professor of Medicine, School of Tropical Medicine, Calcutta to be given annually to eminent women scientists for outstanding contributions in Biomedical Sciences.

The award for 2000 is being presented to Dr Prabha Balaram, Additional Professor and Head, Research Division, Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram for her research work on "Biology of gestational trophoblastic diseases".

Dr Balaram is an immunologist of more than 20 years standing and has established a well organized laboratory to undertake research in immunological, molecular, cytogenetic and ethnopharmacological aspects of cancer. She has been actively involved in routine immunological evaluation of cancer patients and patients with immune deficiency disorders. Her fields of interest in research encompasses the study of the biology of gestational trophoblastic diseases and identification of markers for identification of aggressive disease mechanisms of metastsis in various cancers such as those of breast, uterine cervix, radio resistance mechanism in oral cancer, molecular biology and viral association in oral and nasopharyngeal cancers.

The contributions made by Dr Balaram have significantly contributed to our understanding of the biology and clinical management of cancer. She has also guided many scholars for their M.D./Ph.D. Degrees. She has more than 100 publications to her credit and is a recipient of several awards and honours.

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DR M.K. SESHADRI PRIZE

2000

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DR CHANDRAKANT S. PANDAV

The Dr M.K. Seshadri Prize and medal was donated in 1977 by Smt. Seshadri in memory of her husband. These are awarded to eminent scientists or institutions for outstanding research contributions in the field of community medicine.

The award for 2000 is being presented to Dr Chandrakant S. Pandav, Additional Professor, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for his research work on "Sustaining elimination of iodine deficiency disorder in South-East Asia Region".

Dr Pandav has been working on the problems of iodine deficiency disorders for the last 20 years. The results of his studies have made an important impact on the health policy and programme development to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders in the country. He has been involved in operational research to monitor and evaluate national and international programmes in this field. His other contributions include health economics, malnutrition, ethics and human rights.

He has over 200 published papers and over nine books on health sciences and health economics to his credit. He is a member of several national/international scientific organizations. He is a recipient of the Dr V. N. Patwardhan Prize of ICMR in 1984.

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M.N. SEN ORATION AWARD

2000

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DR ANITA PANDA

The M.N. Sen Oration Award was instituted in 1977 by Dr K.N. Sen, Ex-Professor of Medicine at the School of Tropical Medicine, Calcutta in memory of his brother Shri M.N. Sen. This prize is given to an eminent scientist for outstanding work carried out in the field of Practice of Medicine.

The award for 2000 is being presented to Dr Anita Panda, Additional Professor of Ophthalmology, Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for her research work on "Lamellar keratoplasty".

Dr Panda is an ophthalmologist of more than 25 years standing. She has been undertaking research in the field of corneal blindness with special stress on surgical interventions. Her outstanding contribution has been in the field of lamellar keratoplasly (LK). Using it as an alternative procedure to penetrating keratoplasty, her work has shown that LK is a cost effective mode of surgical management for different corneal lesions involving upto Descement’s membrane.

Dr Panda has more than 100 publications in various scientific journals. She recieved the Kshanika Oration Award in 1993 for her commendable work on penetrating keratoplasty.

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ICMR PRIZE FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH IN

UNDER-PRIVILEGED COMMUNITIES

2000

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DR A.K. MANDAL

This prize was instituted by the ICMR in 1983 specifically for scientists belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/Backward classes, who have contributed significantly to any field of Biomedical Sciences.

The prize for 2000 is being presented to Dr A.K. Mandal, Director, Children’s Eye Care Centre, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad for his research work on "Integrated management of childhood glaucomas".

Dr Mandal has extensively worked on alternative surgical techniques available for Indian population. This involves combining trabeculotomy with trabeculectomy which gives the best hope of success for a long duration in our patient population. Besides successfully managing glaucoma in over 300 children Dr Mandal has pursued molecular genetics research on several families and identified mutations in the CYP1B1 gene. To create social awareness about childhood glaucoma Dr Mandal has established an informal society called ‘Association for the patients of childhood glaucoma’. His research has shown that an integrated management of the disease using medical, surgical, genetic and rehabilitation approaches can yield better results than a single approach.

Dr Mandal has more than 55 publications to his credit and is a recipient of several awards

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ICMR PRIZE FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH IN

UNDER-DEVELOPED AREAS

2000

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DR P. VIJAYACHARI

This prize was instituted by the ICMR in 1983 for significant contributions by a scientist for their research in any field of biomedical sciences in an under-developed area.

The prize for 2000 is being presented to Dr P. Vijayachari, Assistant Director, Regional Medical Research Centre, Port Blair for his research work on "Diagnosis and characterization of leptospires".

Dr Vijayachari has been actively engaged in carrying out research on the emerging public health problem of leptospirosis, earlier known as Andaman Haemorrhagic Fever (AHF). As a member of the research team, his contributions in the diagnosis of hitherto undiagnosed illness led to establishing the cause of AHF in Andaman Islands. His contributions have also led to the establishment of a National Reference Centre for Leptospirosis which has all the facilities for diagnosis and characterization of leptospires. This Centre has also helped several states of India in identifying the cause of outbreaks of unknown fever as leptospirosis.

Dr Vijyachari has several publications to his credit in the field of leptospirosis.

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BLOOD GROUP REFERENCE CENTRE (BGRC)

SILVER JUBILEE ORATION AWARD

2000

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DR SHRIMATI DHARAMAPAL SHETTY

This award was instituted in 1982 while celebrating the Silver Jubilee of Blood Group Reference Centre at Bombay, now called Institute of Immunohaematology. This prize is awarded to an eminent scientist for outstanding work in the field of Haematology and Immunohaematology.

The award for 2000 is being presented to Dr Shrimati Dharamapal Shetty, Research Officer, Institute of Immunohaematology, Mumbai, for her research work on "Genetic diagnosis and preventive strategy for haemophiliacs".

Dr Shetty’s thrust area of research has been the molecular genetics of haemophilia. She has developed the RFLP based carrier detection and prenatal diagnostic techniques in haemophilia A& B. She has identified different RFLP markers for factor VIII & IX genes and used these markers in genetic diagnosis of haemophilia. Dr Shetty has also developed the cold blood sampling technique for the first time in the country in which the fetal blood is directly tested for factor VIII & IX procoagulant activity and antigen using ELISA. Due to lack of genetic diagnostic facilities in most of the laboratories in our country, this technique helps in the early detection of haemophilia.

She has over 60 publications in national/international scientific journals.

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DR M.O.T. IYENGAR MEMORIAL AWARD

2000

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DR BALACHANDRAN RAVINDRAN

The Dr M.O.T. Iyengar Memorial Award was instituted in 1983 by Mrs Rukmani Iyengar in memory of her husband Dr M.O.T. Iyengar, a well known entomologist and malariologist. This award is given annually to an eminent scientist for outstanding contributions in the fields of Malaria, Filaria, Plague or Medical entomology.

The award for 2000 is being presented to Dr Balachandran Ravindran, Deputy Director, Regional Medical Research Centre, Bhubaneswar for his research work on "Immunological studies in filariasis".

Dr Ravindran has been working in the field of immunology for two decades. His main research interest has been in immunology of lymphatic filariasis. His major research work includes the development of immunoassays, studies on antilarval and antimicrofilarial immunity in human and experimental filariasis and antigenic mimicry between filarial parasite and antifilarial drugs. The outcome of his studies has led to a better understanding of pathogenesis, diagnosis and possibility of developing transmission blocking vaccine for filariasis.

He has more than 50 publications to his credit in national and international journals and recipient of the Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize of ICMR in 1989. He is the member of several advisory committees.

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DR M.O.T. IYENGAR MEMORIAL AWARD

2000

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DR NAMITA SUROLIA

The Dr M.O.T. Iyengar Memorial Award was instituted in 1983 by Mrs Rukmani Iyengar in memory of her husband Dr M.O.T. Iyengar, a well known entomologist and malariologist. This award is given annually to an eminent scientist for outstanding contributions in the fields of Malaria, Filaria, Plague or Medical entomology.

The award for 2000 is being presented to Dr Namita Surolia, Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology and Genetics Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore for her research work on "Molecular basis of drug resistance in malaria".

Dr Surolia has been working in the field of molecular biology and genetics of parasites for more than two decades. Her experimental work on malarial parasite has led to the identification of novel targets for antimalarial drug development. She found that chloroquine sequesters heme which leads to the inhibition of protein synthesis and hence the death of the malarial parasite. She also showed that the malarial parasite is capable of synthesizing its own heme.

Dr Surolia is a fellow/ member of several scientific bodies and has about 40 publications to her credit.

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PROF B.K. AIKAT ORATION AWARD

2000

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DR B.S. RAMAKRISHNA

The Prof B.K. Aikat Oration Award was instituted in 1984 by Dr Meera Aikat in memory of her husband Prof Aikat, a well known biomedical scientist, to be awarded to an eminent scientist for research in the field of tropical diseases.

The award for the year 2000 is being presented to Dr B.S. Ramakrishna, Professor of Gastroenterology, Christian Medical College, Vellore for his research work on "Importance of colonic fluid absorption in limiting diarrhoeal illness".

Dr Ramakrishna has been actively engaged in research for over two decades on the subjects of tropical sprue, acute diarrhoeal diseases and enteric infections. His research has highlighted the importance of colonic fluid absorption in limiting diarrhoeal illness. He has investigated newly recognized pathways linked to short chain fatty acids for sodium absorption from the colon and their regulation in the presence of enterotoxins. Clinical studies carried out by him demonstrated that by feeding amylase resistant starch as an adjunct to oral rehydration solution in patients with cholera and other illnesses significantly reduced the volume and duration of diarrhoea.

Dr Ramakrishna has published more than 50 research papers in journals of repute and is a member of several professional scientific bodies.

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AMRUT MODY UNICHEM PRIZE

2000

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DR R. RENUKA NAIR

The Amrut Mody Unichem Prize was instituted by Unichem Laboratories in 1985. This prize is to be awarded to a scientist for outstanding work carried out in the field of ‘Cardiology’ and ‘Neurology’ .

The prize for 2000 in the field of ‘Cardiology’ is being presented to Dr R. Renuka Nair, Scientist, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram for her research work on "Response of myocardial and cardiac interstitial cells to environmental and endogenous factors leading to cardiac injury".

Dr Nair’s major area of research has been cardiac cell biology focussing on response of the cardiac tissue to environmental and endogenous factors leading to cardiovascular injury. She has made a great effort to establish a cardiac cell culture laboratory to carry out experimental studies on these aspects. Her research work has shown that magnesium insufficiency and presence of cerium play a role in the causation of endomyocardial fibrosis. The results also indicate that cerium induced cardiac fibroblast proliferation (mitogenic effect) is mediated through super oxide anions. These observations have opened a new vista in the understanding of pathogenesis of cardiac fibrosis.

She has more than 25 scientific publications to her credit.

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AMRUT MODY UNICHEM PRIZE

2000

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DR S.K. JINDAL

The Amrut Mody Unichem Prize was instituted by Unichem Laboratories in 1985. This prize is to be awarded to a scientist for outstanding work carried out in the field of ‘Maternal and child health’ and ‘Chest diseases’ in alternate years.

The prize for 2000 in the field of ‘Chest diseases’ is being presented to Dr S.K. Jindal, Professor and Head, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for his research work on "Smoking : Its relationship with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases".

Dr Jindal has been been working in the field of pulmonary medicine for over two decades and has mainly focussed his research activities on the assessment of the magnitude of the burden and the relationship of smoking exposure with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. His studies have shown a consistent increase in the prevalence of these conditions over the years and also shown that chronic environmental tobacco smoke exposure has adverse effect on asthma morbidity in adults.

Dr Jindal has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals and is recipient of several honours including the Smt Kamal Satbir Award in the field of respiratory allergy in 1989. He is also fellow/member of many prestigious scientific and professional associations.

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SHAKUNTALA AMIR CHAND PRIZE

2000

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DR RENU AGARWAL

The Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize for significant contribution to biomedical sciences for young scientists was instituted by late Major General Amir Chand in 1953.

The Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize for 2000 is being presented to Dr Renu Agarwal, Research Associate, Industrial Toxicology Rrsearch Centre, Lucknow for her research work on "Immunopathogenesis of dengue haemorrhagic fever".

Dr Agarwal has made significant contributions in understanding the pathogenesis of dengue haemmorrhagic fever (DHF). The research findings suggest an association of higher levels of human cytotoxic factor in the sera of patients with the onset and severity of the illness. The human cytotoxic factor (hCF ) could be a good diagnostic tool for dengue and therefore she employed the Northern hybridization technique for demonstration of the production of hCF.

Dr Agarwal has 14 publications to her credit in scientific journals of repute.

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SHAKUNTALA AMIR CHAND PRIZE

2000

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DR NEELOO SINGH

The Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize for significant contribution to biomedical sciences for young scientists was instituted by late Major General Amir Chand in 1953.

The Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize for 2000 is being presented to Dr Neeloo Singh, Scientist ‘C’, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow for her research work on "Visceral leishmaniasis".

Dr Singh’s research has been focussed primarily on molecular parasitology related to visceral leishmaniasis. She has developed a PCR based kinetoplast DNA (kDNA) detection system for diagnosis of L.donovani infection and tried to establish the functional role of kDNA as a possible chemotherapeutic target. Her contributions have helped in the advancement of understanding the epidemiology and pathogenesis of leishmaniasis.

Dr Singh has published more than 15 research papers in various indexed international/national journals. She received the Prof B. K. Aikat Oration Award in 1996 for her work done on HLA typing of kala-azar patients.

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SHAKUNTALA AMIR CHAND PRIZE

2000

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DR AJAY WANCHU

The Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize for significant contribution to biomedical sciences for young scientists was instituted by late Major General Amir Chand in 1953.

The Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize for 2000 is being presented to Dr Ajay Wanchu, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for his research work on "Role of nitric oxide in inflammatory disorders".

Dr Wanchu has been associated with research in the field of etiopathogenesis of non-organ specific autoimmune disorders. His research includes the role of natural killer cells in the patients with systemic sclerosis and role of nitiric oxide in patients with various autoimmune disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus. His work has also shown the possible association of pentazocine abuse in causing scleroderma.

He has published more than 60 scientific research papers in international/national journals.

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SHAKUNTALA AMIR CHAND PRIZE

2000

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DR SHILADITYA SENGUPTA

The Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize for significant contribution to biomedical sciences for young scientists was instituted by late Major General Amir Chand in 1953.

The Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize for 2000 is being presented to Dr Shiladitya Sengupta, Delhi for his research work on "Modulation of cyclooxygenase-2 as a novel target for analgesic and anti-inflammatory therapy".

Dr Sengupta has been engaged in evaluating the role of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) enzyme and its inhibitor nimesulide as a therapeutic target for the management of inflammation and pain. He has also undertaken research work in the field of drug delivery systems and anticancer therapy in animal models.

Dr Sengupta has 15 research publications and 3 patents to his credit.

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TILAK VENKOBA RAO AWARD

2000

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DR DEBASISH BASU

The 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 prize is given to scientists below the age of 40 years for outstanding work in the field of ‘Psychological medicine’ and ‘Reproductive physiology’ in alternate years.

The award for 2000 is being presented to Dr Debasish Basu, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for his research work on "Psychiatric aspects of psychoactive substance abuse".

Dr Basu has demonstrated a sustained and keen interest in the area of alcohol and drug addiction. His contributions have enhanced the existing knowledge of the various psychiatric aspects of alcohol and drug addiction including the epidemiology, etiology, clinical cause, outcome and psychiatric management of this ever-important menace of psychoactive substance abuse in our society.

Dr Basu has more than 70 scientific publications to his credit and has won several awards.

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PROF B.C. SRIVASTAVA FOUNDATION AWARD

2000

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DR K. ANAND

The Prof B.C. Srivastava Foundation Award was instituted in 1987 by the students and colleagues of late Prof B.C. Srivastava, former Head of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, K.G. Medical College, Lucknow. This award is to be given to scientists below the age of 40 years for research contributions in the field of community medicine.

The award for 2000 is being presented to Dr K. Anand, Assistant Professor, Comprehensive Rural Health Services Project (AIIMS), Ballabhgarh, Faridabad for his research work on "Community Medicine at all its levels".

Dr Anand has contributed substantially to the field of community medicine. His major area of interest lies in primary health care. He has been involved in the national level programme evaluation of Pulse Polio, Family Health Awareness Campaigns, National IDD Control Programme, Disease Surveillance and Health Policy matters.

Dr Anand has over 50 publications to his credit in journals of repute.

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MAJOR GENERAL SAHEB SINGH SOKHEY AWARD

2000

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DR RAKESH AGGARWAL

The Major General Saheb Singh Sokhey Award was instituted in 1988 in accordance with the will of Major General Sokhey, and is to be given annually to a scientist below 40 years of age for significant research in communicable diseases.

The award for 2000 is being presented to Dr Rakesh Aggarwal, Additional Professor, Department of Gastroenterology, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow for his research work on "Studies on hepatitis E virus".

During the last several years Dr Aggarwal has been actively involved in the development of a sensitive method for detecting hepatitis E virus RNA in faecal and serum specimens and molecular epidemiology of HEV strains isolated from three epidemics in India in recent years. He has carried out work to develop an animal model in monkeys to detect sub-clinical infection due to HIV. He has also carried out research on the identification of T-cell epitope and also the animal strains of HEV. The outcome of his research activities has significantly added to the existing knowledge of HEV.

Dr. Aggarwal has published more than 80 research papers in journals of repute. His work is internationally recognized and is widely quoted by workers in the area of hepatitis E. He is also the recepient of the Dr Dharamvir Datta Memorial Oration Award in 1998 for liver diseases.

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DR H.B. DINGLEY MEMORIAL AWARD

2000

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DR SANJEEV GULATI

The Dr H.B. Dingley Memorial award is given annually to individuals for outstanding contribution to research in the field of ‘Paediatrics’ by Indian scientists below the age of 40 years.

The award for 2000 is being presented to Dr Sanjeev Gulati, Associate Professor, Department of Gastroenterology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow for his research work on "Nephrotic syndrome in Indian children".

Dr Gulati has been engaged in studying various aspects of nephrotic syndrome in children including the changing trends in focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). He has also evaluated the usefulness of pefloxacin in the treatment of steroid dependant cases of FSGS. His studies have also shown that there is a shift towards an increasing prevalence of FSGS in Indian children with idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (INS). The outcome of his studies have immense therapeutic and prognostic significance.

Dr Gulati has published more than 80 papers in scientific journals of repute and recipient of several awards.

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