Awardee Details

Awardee Details

# Name Year Award Name
Dr. Sharmistha Dey 2016 Prof. Surindar Mohan Marwah Award
Dr. Kashi Nath Prasad 2016 Prof. B. K. Aikat Oration Award
Dr. Ajeet Singh Bhadoria 2016 Prof. B. C. Srivastava Foundation Award (Community Medicine)
Dr. Sib Sankar Roy 2016 Novartis Oration Award for research in the field of Cancer
Dr. Surender Kumar Yachha 2016 ICMR M. N. Sen Oration Award
Dr. Sheikh Tasduq Abdullah 2016 ICMR Lala Ram Chand Kandhari Award
Dr. Anuradha Chowdhary 2016 Dr. Y. S. Narayana Rao Oration Award (Microbiology)
Dr. Sandeep Grover 2016 Dr. Vidya Sagar Award
Dr. Deepak Bansal 2016 Dr. P. N. Raju Oration Award
Dr. Smita Asthana 2016 Dr. M. K. Seshadri Prize
Dr. Chanakya Nath Kundu 2016 Drs. Kunti & Om Prakash Oration Award
Dr. Babu Rao Vundinti 2016 BGRC Silver Jubilee Oration Award (Haematology / Immunohaematology)
Dr. Sahajal Dhooria 2016 Smt. Kamal Satbir Award
Dr. Vishvanath Tiwari 2016 Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes
Dr. Sanjeev Das 2016 Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes
Dr. Amit Mishra 2016 Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes
Dr. Rajashree Das Nee Patra 2016 Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes
Prof. Vikash Kumar Dubey 2016 ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research Conducted in Under-Developed Areas
Dr. D. N. Sharma 2016 ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research for Scientists Belonging to Under-Privileged Communities
Dr. Ellora Sen 2016 ICMR Kshanika Oration Award
Dr. Shally Awasthi 2016 Basanti Devi Amir Chand Prize
Dr. Varsha Potdar 2016 Amrut Mody Unichem Prize
Dr. Kamirul Islam 2016 ICMR-CNMC STS Excellence Award
Dr. Rohini Ravindran Nair 2015 ICMR Smt. Swaran Kanta Dingley Oration Award
Dr. D. S. Arya 2015 ICMR Chaturvedi Kalawati Jagmohan Das Memorial Award
Dr. Akshya Kumar Bisoi 2015 ICMR Chaturvedi Kalawati Jagmohan Das Memorial Award
Dr. Sangita Mukhopadhyay 2015 ICMR Chaturvedi Kalawati Jagmohan Das Memorial Award
Dr. Subash Chandra Gupta 2015 Dr. Prem Nath Wahi Award
Dr. Manoj Kumar Das 2015 Dr. M. O. T. IY Enga R Memorial Award
Dr. Sunit Kumar Singh 2015 Dr. J. B. Srivastav Award
Dr. Surender Singh 2015 Dr. D. N. Prasad Memorial Oration Award
Dr. Shyam Sundar 2015 Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Centenary Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research
Dr. Riaz Ahmad 2015 Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes
Dr. Dipika Bansal 2015 Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes
Dr. Subhash Mohan Agarwal 2015 Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes
Dr. Amit Kumar Dutta 2015 Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes
Dr. Ruchi Singh 2015 Major General Saheb Singh Sokhey Award
Dr. Urvakhsh M. Mehta 2015 ICMR Tilak Venkoba Rao Award
Dr. Nisha Singh 2015 ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research for Scientists Belonging to Under-Privileged Communities
Dr. Neelima Mishra 2015 ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research for Scientists Belonging to Under-Privileged Communities
Dr. Jhuma Sankar 2015 Dr. H. B. Dingley Memorial Award (Paediatrics)
Dr. Pramod Kumar Garg 2015 Basanti Devi Amir Chand Prize
Dr. Sheffali Gulati 2015 Amrut Mody Unichem Prize
Dr. Phalguni Anand Alladi 2014 Prof. Surindar Mohan Marwah Award
Dr. Bhagirathi Dwibedi 2014 Prof. B. K. Aikat Oration Award
Dr. Kamla Prasad Mishra 2014 Prof. B. K. Aikat Oration Award
Dr. Chythra R. Rao 2014 Prof. B. C. Srivastava Foundation Award (Community Medicine)
Dr. Subash Chandra Gupta 2014 Novartis Oration Award for research in the field of Cancer
Col. (Dr.) K. V. S. Hari Kumar 2014 ICMR M. N. Sen Oration Award
Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 2014 ICMR Lala Ram Chand Kandhari Award
Dr. Shanta Dutta 2014 Dr. Y. S. Narayana Rao Oration Award (Microbiology)
Dr. Subbarao M Gavaravarapu 2014 Dr. V. N. Patwardhan Prize
Dr. Ajit Avasthi 2014 Dr. Vidya Sagar Award
Dr. Anand Krishnan 2014 Dr. P. N. Raju Oration Award
Dr. Rajnarayan Ramshankar Tiwari 2014 Dr. M. K. Seshadri Prize
Dr. Poonam Salotra 2014 Drs. Kunti & Om Prakash Oration Award
Dr. Premashis Kar 2014 Drs. Kunti & Om Prakash Oration Award
Dr. Lalit Kumar 2014 Drs. Kunti & Om Prakash Oration Award
Dr. Navneet Singh 2014 Smt. Kamal Satbir Award
Dr. Vijay Kumar Prajapati 2014 Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes
Dr. Nooruddin Khan 2014 Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes
Dr. Nooruddin Khan 2014 Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes
Dr. Nidhi Chauhan 2014 Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes
Dr. Beenu Joshi 2014 Jalma Trust Fund Oration Award (Leprosy)
Dr. Hemonta Kr. Dutta 2014 ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research Conducted in Under-Developed Areas
Dr. Kumpati Premkumar 2014 ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research for Scientists Belonging to Under-Privileged Communities
Dr. Nasreen Zafar Ehtesham 2014 ICMR Kshanika Oration Award
Dr. Jitendra Kumar Sahu 2014 Dr. H. B. Dingley Memorial Award (Paediatrics)
Dr. S. Ganesh 2014 Basanti Devi Amir Chand Prize
Dr. Babasaheb V. Tandale 2014 Basanti Devi Amir Chand Prize
Dr. Virendra Singh 2014 Amrut Mody Unichem Prize
Dr. Nooruddin Khan 2013 ICMR Chaturvedi Ghanshyam Das Jaigopal Memorial Award
Dr. Priya Srinivas 2013 Dr. Prem Nath Wahi Award
Dr. Ramesh Chand Dhiman 2013 Dr. M. O. T. IY Enga R Memorial Award
Dr. Naga Suresh Veerapu 2013 Dr. J. B. Sri Vastv Oration Award
Dr. Naga Suresh Veerapu 2013 Dr. J. B. Srivastv Oration Award
Dr. Divya Vohora 2013 Dr. D. N. Prasad Memorial Oration Award
Dr. V. Mohan 2013 Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Centenary Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research
Dr. Jagriti Narang 2013 Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes
Dr. Sandeep Grover 2013 Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes
Dr. Yasir Hasan Siddique 2013 Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes
Dr. Anupkumar Anvikar 2013 Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes
Dr. Anupkumar Anvikar 2013 Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes
Dr. Showket Hussain 2013 ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research Conducted in Under-Developed Areas
Dr. Prabhakar S. Kedar 2013 ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research for Scientists Belonging to Under-Privileged Communities
Dr. Mitali Chatterjee 2013 ICMR Kshanika Oration Award
Dr. Akshay Anand 2012 Amrut Mody Unichem Prize
Dr Gajanan Nagoji Sapkal 2012 Prof. B. K. Aikat Oration Award
Dr. Chandrakant Lahariya 2012 Prof. B. C. Srivastava Foundation Award (Community Medicine)
Dr Bramandam Manavathi 2012 Novartis Oration Award for research in the field of Cancer
Dr Sanjay K. Bhadada 2012 ICMR M. N. Sen Oration Award
Dr Seema Sood 2012 ICMR Lala Ram Chand Kandhari Award
Dr Gomathy Sethuraman 2012 ICMR Lala Ram Chand Kandhari Award
Dr D. Nageswara Rao 2012 Dr. Y. S. Narayana Rao Oration Award (Microbiology)
Dr Kotamballi N Chidambara Murthy 2012 Dr. V. N. Patwardhan Prize
Dr Ritushree Kukreti 2012 Dr. Vidya Sagar Award
Dr Ritushree Kukreti 2012 Dr. Vidya Sagar Award
Dr Pragya Dhruv Yadav 2012 Dr. T. Ramachandra Rao Award (Medical Entomology)
Dr Vikash Kumar Dubey 2012 Dr. P. N. Raju Oration Award
Dr Sanjay Laxman Chauhan 2012 Dr. M. K. Seshadri Prize
Dr Smita D. Mahale 2012 Drs. Kunti & Om Prakash Oration Award
Dr Ashish Goel 2012 Dr. Dharamvir Datta Memorial Oration Award
Dr Anita Harish Nadkarni 2012 BGRC Silver Jubilee Oration Award (Haematology / Immunohaematology)
Dr Indira Hinduja 2012 Dr Subhas Mukherjee Award
Dr Ritesh Agarwal 2012 Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes
Dr Ravi Kumar Gutti 2012 ICMR Tilak Venkoba Rao Award
Dr Vikash Gangadhar Rao 2012 ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research Conducted in Under-Developed Areas
Dr Siraj Ahmed Khan 2012 ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research Conducted in Under-Developed Areas
Dr Suaib Luqman 2012 ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research for Scientists Belonging to Under-Privileged Communities
Dr Sujatha Narayanan 2012 ICMR Kshanika Oration Award
Dr Debabrata Dash 2012 Basanti Devi Amir Chand Prize
Dr. Surjit Singh 2011 ICMR Chaturvedi Kalawati Jagmohan Das Memorial Award
Dr Suresh Yenugu 2011 ICMR Smt. Swaran Kanta Dingley Oration Award
Dr A. Rathinavel 2011 ICMR Chaturvedi Kalawati Jagmohan Das Memorial Award
Dr Sunita Saxena 2011 Dr. Prem Nath Wahi Award
Prof. Ravi Mehrotra 2011 Dr. Prem Nath Wahi Award
Dr Neena Valecha 2011 Dr. M. O. T. IY Enga R Memorial Award
Dr Anirban Basu 2011 Dr. J. B. Srivastv Oration Award
Dr Shyam S. Sharma 2011 Dr. D. N. Prasad Memorial Oration Award
Dr Seyed E. Hasnain 2011 Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Centenary Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research
Prof. N. K. Mehra 2011 Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Centenary Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research
Dr Sheetal Chawla 2011 Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes
Dr Avinash Sonawane 2011 Major General Saheb Singh Sokhey Award
Dr Simanti Datta 2011 Major General Saheb Singh Sokhey Award
Dr Kangiam Rekha Devi 2011 MICMR Prize for Biomedical Research Conducted in Under-Developed Areas
Prof. Anil Kumar 2011 ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research for Scientists Belonging to Under-Privileged Communities
Dr Roshan Behram Colah 2011 ICMR Kshanika Oration Award
Dr Deepak Bansal 2011 Dr. H. B. Dingley Memorial Award (Paediatrics)
Dr Niraj Kumar Srivastava 2011 Dr. H. B. Dingley Memorial Award (Paediatrics)
Dr Sangita Mukhopadhay 2011 Basanti Devi Amir Chand Prize
Prof. Dheeraj Gupta 2011 Amrut Mody Unichem Prize
Dr Om Prakash 2010 Prof. Surindar Mohan Marwah Award

Prof. Surindar Mohan Marwah Award | [Top ]

 

Dr. Sharmistha Dey

Year: 2016

Prof. Surindar Mohan Marwah Award

The Professor Surindar Mohan Marwah Award was instituted by Professor Surindar Mohan Marwah in 1993, Varanasi. This award is conferred upon a scientist for the research work carried out in the field of Geriatrics. The Award for the year 2016 is being presented to Dr. Sharmistha Dey, Department of Biophysics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for the research work on 'Biogerontology'. Dr. Dey's study has potentiated towards early diagnosis of age associated devastating diseases - Alzheimer and frailty by detecting declining level of sirtuin protein in blood of patients. This biogerontological research has immense translational value, assisting in diagnosis under clinical set and therapeutic intervention towards healthy aging.


 

Dr. Phalguni Anand Alladi

Year: 2014

Prof. Surindar Mohan Marwah Award

The award for the year 2014 is being presented to Dr. Phalguni Anand Alladi, Department of Neurophysiology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru for the research work on 'Understanding the molecular and cyto-morphological mechanisms of aging and age related neurodegenerative disease'. Dr. Alladi provided neuroanatomical basis for lower susceptibility of Asian-Indians to Parkinson's disease, than Caucasians. Asian-Indians show no age-related loss of substantia nigra neurons. Pathways involving Lewy body formation, endoplasmic reticular stress, apoptosis and growth factor receptors showed only sub-threshold neurodegeneration in Asian-Indians. Her studies also demonstrated the critical role of astrocytes, microglia and oligodendroglia in aging and Parkinson's disease.


 

Dr Om Prakash

Year: 2010

Prof. Surindar Mohan Marwah Award

The Award for the year 2010 is being presented to Dr Om Prakash, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences (IHBAS), Delhi for his research work on 'Geriatric depression'. Along with fellow researchers from National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences, Bangalore and Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Dr Om Prakash has made significant contributions in the field of geriatric psychiatry, especially geriatric depression and dementia. Dr Om Prakash's major research focus has explored depressive disorders in elderly population in clinical and institutionalized settings. His work reveals a substantial burden of depression in medical clinics and old age homes. It also emphasizes the need of training and orientation of physicians regarding assessment and management of depression in elderly. Dr Om Prakash has been felicitated with the ICMR Tilak Venkoba Rao Award. He has published more than 100 research papers in national and international journals.


Prof. B. K. Aikat Oration Award | [Top ]

 

Dr. Kashi Nath Prasad

Year: 2016

Prof. B. K. Aikat Oration Award

The Professor B. K. Aikat Oration Award was instituted by Dr. Meera Aikat in 1984 in memory of her husband Prof. B. K. Aikat, a biomedical scientist. This award is conferred upon a scientist for the research work carried out in the field of tropical diseases. The Award for the year 2016 is being presented to Dr. Kashi Nath Prasad, Department of Microbiology, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow for the research work on 'What trigger seizure in patients with neurocysticerosis?' Dr. Prasad conducted epidemiological studies on neurocysticercosis in pig-farming community and observed active epilepsy rate 5.8 Percent. Neurocysticercosis was identified in 48 Percent of active epilepsy patients and 15 Percent of asymptomatic populations. Host immune response to parasite, and TLR-4, MMP-9, ICAM-1 and GST polymorphisms played important role for seizure occurrence in neurocysticercosis.


 

Dr. Bhagirathi Dwibedi

Year: 2014

Prof. B. K. Aikat Oration Award

The award for the year 2014 is being jointly presented to Dr. Bhagirathi Dwibedi, ICMR- Regional Medical Research Centre, Bhubaneswar for the research work on 'Epidemiology of emerging tropical diseases in Odisha'. Dr. Dwibedi contributed significantly towards clinical epidemiology and setting up diagnostic facility providing public health solutions for emerging vector borne viral diseases especially chikungunya and dengue in Odisha. He has shown alternate regimens with potential use in Global Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Programme. He has documented evidence of sub-clinical pathology and its reversibility in Wuchereria bancrofti infected children.


 

Dr. Kamla Prasad Mishra

Year: 2014

Prof. B. K. Aikat Oration Award

The Professor B. K. Aikat Oration Award was instituted by Dr. Meera Aikat in 1984 in memory of her husband Prof. B.K. Aikat, a biomedical scientist. This award is conferred upon a scientist for the research work carried out in the field of tropical diseases. The award for the year 2014 is being jointly presented to Dr. Kamla Prasad Mishra, DRDO- Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences, Delhi for the research work on 'Immunomodulation and viral immunology'. The research work carried out by Dr. Mishra on dengue virus has demonstrated that host proteins like Hsp 60, 70 and protein disulfide isomerase (PDI) are involved in dengue virus multiplication and if these proteins are silenced the virus multiplication rate is significantly reduced. The work has added new dimension in understanding the immunopathogenesis of dengue virus infection and target identification for therapeutics. Currently he is developing plant derived adjuvant and antivirals.


 

Dr Gajanan Nagoji Sapkal

Year: 2012

Prof. B. K. Aikat Oration Award

The Award for the year 2012 is being jointly presented to Dr Gajanan Nagoji Sapkal, Scientist-D, Encephalitis Group, Microbial Containment complex, ICMRNational Institute of Virology, Pune for the research work on 'Viral encephalitis in India and factors associated with flavivirus pathogenesis'. Dr Sapkal and his group have investigated various viral etiologies associated with viral encephalitis. Presence of West Nile virus (WNV) in Assam was reported as also Bagaza virus isolation and its exposure to human population in India. The research work on WNV has helped in identifying viral factors contributing towards differential pathogencity among Indian strains. Animal as well as in vitro models were developed for this study which will facilitate in evaluation of vaccine efficacy and antiviral testing. Furthermore the utility of blood clot for isolation of Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) was also established. This technique is useful for patients of paediatric group in the field where the expertise to drain cerebrospinal fluid may not be available. Dr Sapkal has also standardized and established the protocols for in vitro monoclonal antibody up scaling which is useful for anti JEV IgM diagnostic ELlSA kit supply. During this tenure he was also involved in evaluation of immunogenicity of live attenuated Chinese vaccine (SA14-14-2) against JEV. This assay was instrumental in phase II-III clinical trial of indigenously developed inactivated JEV vaccine in collaboration with Bharat Biotech International Ltd. Dr Sapkal has published over 25 research papers in national and international journals.


 

Dr Neeloo Singh

Year: 2012

Prof. B. K. Aikat Oration Award

The Award for the year 2012 is being jointly presented to Dr Neeloo Singh, Senior Principal Scientist, Biochemistry Division, CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow for the research work on 'The birth of the first Indian Leishmania donovani whole genome'. Dr Singh has made significant contributions to the field of kala azar (visceral leishmaniasis) research in India. Whole genome analysis presents an ideal mean to identify new targets for drugs, vaccine and diagnostic development, and also provides an avenue into the biological basis of parasite virulence in the Leishmamia donovani complex present in India. The genomes of the clinical isolates collected from Bihar, were assembled and annotated and the knowledge acquired was submitted to public domain for free dissemination of knowledge. The findings of unusual cases of kala azar was also made through this whole genome sequencing work. This new awareness into the biology of this parasite may ensure a changed course for treatment. Dr Singh has been closely associated with the Leishmaniasis Research Society (India) as also the organization of the IV World Congress on Leishmaniasis at Lucknow in 2009. She has published 34 research papers in national and international journals.


Prof. B. C. Srivastava Foundation Award (Community Medicine) | [Top ]

 

Dr. Ajeet Singh Bhadoria

Year: 2016

Prof. B. C. Srivastava Foundation Award (Community Medicine)

The Professor B. C. Srivastava Foundation Award was instituted in 1987 by the students and colleagues of (Late) Prof. B. C. Srivastava, Head of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, K. G. Medical College, Lucknow. This prize is awarded to a scientist for work in the field of community medicine carried out in medical colleges/recognized institutions. The Award for the year 2016 is being presented to Dr. Ajeet Singh Bhadoria, Assistant Professor in Epidemiology, Department of Clinical Research, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi for the research work on 'Prevalence of non-communicable disease (NCD) risk factors utilizing WHO-STEPS approach among urban and rural (tribal) population residing at Jabalpur district of Central India', screening above 900 adults. Dr. Bhadoria has published about 60 scientific articles and also has written chapters for professional development course at NIHFW. He is Project Coordinator to WHO Collaborating Centre on Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease. He's regularly contributing as an expert advisory group member towards development of not only national but also South East Asia regional action plan on viral hepatitis.


 

Dr. Chythra R. Rao

Year: 2014

Prof. B. C. Srivastava Foundation Award (Community Medicine)

The Professor B.C. Srivastava Foundation Award was instituted in 1987 by the students and colleagues of late Prof. B.C. Srivastava, Head of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, K.G. Medical College, Lucknow. This prize is awarded to a scientist for work in the field of community medicine carried out in medical colleges/recognized institutions. The Award for the year 2014 is being presented to Dr. Chythra R. Rao, Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal for the research work on 'Risk factors for cardiovascular diseases'. Dr. Rao has worked on 'Prevalence of diabetes, hypertension and obesity' in the rural areas of coastal Karnataka. In community based screening involving anthropometry, blood pressure and fasting blood glucose measurement among 1200 adults. She has identified a high prevalence of these non-communicable diseases (NCDs), contrary to the belief that prevalence in rural areas is lower. Taking the work forward preventive strategies in the form of NCD clinics have been initiated, in the rural health centres.


 

Dr. Chandrakant Lahariya

Year: 2012

Prof. B. C. Srivastava Foundation Award (Community Medicine)

The Award for the year 2012 is being presented to Dr Chandrakant Lahariya, Public Health Specialist and Routine Immunization & New Vaccines Focal Person, World Health Organization, India, New Delhi for the research work on 'Translating community based research and program evaluations into public health practice'. Dr Lahariya has contributed to the advancement of community medicine in India by founding and sustaining a nation-wide learning community of students to promote and encourage young medical graduates to join and practice community medicine at the field level. Through his operational research, he has contributed to the operationalization of India's flagship National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), with special attention on the field level implementation, monitoring and evaluation of national health programmes such as Universal Immunization Programme, Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization Programme, Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme, Reproductive & Child Health Programme; Integrated Disease Surveillance Project and National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme, etc. Dr Lahariya has assisted in setting up immunization clinics, rural health facilities and urban health centres and in ensuring their functioning over period of time. His policy work includes analyses (of the implementation aspects) of health components in India's Five Year Plans and that of India's National Health Policy 1983 and 2002. Dr Lahariya has worked as Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, GR Medical College, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh and provided consultancy services to a number of international agencies including UNICEF, UNFPA and The INCLEN Trust International. He has published nearly 30 scientific articles in national and international journals and written a text book of Preventive and Social Medicine.


Novartis Oration Award for research in the field of Cancer | [Top ]

 

Dr. Sib Sankar Roy

Year: 2016

Novartis Oration Award for research in the field of Cancer

The Novartis Oration Award for Research in the field of Cancer was originally instituted in 1970 by M/s Sandoz India Limited in the field of Cancer Research and renamed as Novartis Oration Award after the merger of Sandoz India Ltd. with Hindustan Ciba-Geigy Ltd. in 1997. This prize is conferred upon a scientist for his/her contributions in the field of cancer research carried out for the control, prevention and cure of cancer. The award for the year 2016 is being presented to Dr. Sib Sankar Roy, Cell Biology and Physiology Division, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata for the work on 'Molecular Mechanisms of invasiveness and proliferation of ovarian cancer cells'. Dr. Roy has significantly contributed in understanding the involvement of novel pathways, generegulatory factors, growth factors and on cometabolites to unravel the mechanism of ovarian cancer progression, including EMT/invasion and contributed to the investigation of its amelioration. His research contribution also includes how metabolic reprogramming favors oncogenesis in tumour cells.


 

Dr. Subash Chandra Gupta

Year: 2014

Novartis Oration Award for research in the field of Cancer

The award for the year 2014 is being presented to Dr. Subash Chandra Gupta, Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi for the work on 'Targeting pro-inflammatory pathways by natural agents for cancer therapy'. While working on this project, Dr. Gupta discovered novel anti-inflammatory agents from Mother Nature that are safe, efficacious, yet inexpensive for the prevention and treatment of cancer.


 

Dr Bramandam Manavathi

Year: 2012

Novartis Oration Award for research in the field of Cancer

The award for the year 2012 is being presented to Dr Bramandam Manavathi, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad for the work on 'Role of estrogens receptor signalling in cancer development'. Dr Manavathi identified several of estrogen receptor novel coregulators and further unraveled the mechanisms by which oncogenic estrogen receptor coregulators are responsible for tamoxifen resistance, taxol resistance, hormone sensitivity in breast cancers. His research on ER signaling in breast cancer cells provided further impetus on the behavior of breast cancer cells. He has developed molecular tools for investigating the contribution of estrogen receptor coregulators in the etiology of breast cancer and to combat breast cancers in India. He is currently working on the molecular characterization of these coregulators under various physiological stress conditions and their impact on the behavior of breast cancer cells. A DST-BOYSCAST Fellow, Dr Manavathi has published over 25 research articles in peer reviewed international journals.


ICMR M. N. Sen Oration Award | [Top ]

 

Dr. Surender Kumar Yachha

Year: 2016

ICMR M. N. Sen Oration Award

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 2016 is being presented to Dr. Surender Kumar Yachha, Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow for the research work on 'New dimensions of mechanism and therapeutic impact explored at global level for specialized childhood disorders'. Dr. Yachha described safe quantified large volume paracentesis, postulated pathogenesis of hepato-pulmonary syndrome, defined predictors of outcome in viral hepatitis and coagulopathy, showed effective medical management of Budd-Chiari Syndrome, and identified 'high-risk' liver abscess treatable without surgery.


 

Col. (Dr.) K. V. S. Hari Kumar

Year: 2014

ICMR M. N. Sen Oration Award

The award for the year 2014 is being presented to Col (Dr.) K.V.S. Hari Kumar, Department of Endocrinology, Command Hospital, Chandimandir for the research work on 'Novel approaches in the management of diabetes'. Dr. Hari Kumar has made pioneering contributions in studying the therapeutic role of incretin modulators in type 1 diabetes. Their seminal research on bariatric surgery and type 2 diabetes led to the development of an Indian risk score that predicts the remission of diabetes after ileal interposition and sleeve gastrectomy.


 

Dr Sanjay K. Bhadada

Year: 2012

ICMR M. N. Sen Oration Award

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 | [Top ]

 

Dr. Sheikh Tasduq Abdullah

Year: 2016

ICMR Lala Ram Chand Kandhari Award

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 2016 is being presented to Dr. Sheikh Tasduq Abdullah, CSIR- Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu (Tawi), Jammu and Kashmir for the research work on 'Understanding homeostasis in photo-damaged skin and devising preventive/ therapeutic intervention'. Dr. Abdullah studied the inter-regulation of ER stress and autophagy mediated skin damage and its repair in In vitro & In vivo skin models by exploring signalling pathways that regulate the repair mechanism involved in UV - induced photo damage. And explores natural agents to develop target based cosmetic/therapeutic products.


 

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh

Year: 2014

ICMR Lala Ram Chand Kandhari Award

The award for the year 2014 is being presented to Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh, Department of Bioinformatics, Alagappa University, Karaikudi for the research work on 'In silico studies on HIV-1 integrase and protease to find potent inhibitors'. Dr. Singh has undertaken research activities for understanding mechanism of HIV progression and has designed several novel lead molecules which could act as potential inhibitors of HIVintegrase, HIV-protease and HIV-reverse transcriptase. His work on blocking the interaction of HIVIntegrase and LEDGF cofactor is well recognised. His research outcomes have both therapeutic and prognostic significance.


 

Dr Seema Sood

Year: 2012

ICMR Lala Ram Chand Kandhari Award

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.


 

Dr Gomathy Sethuraman

Year: 2012

ICMR Lala Ram Chand Kandhari Award

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) | [Top ]

 

Dr. Anuradha Chowdhary

Year: 2016

Dr. Y. S. Narayana Rao Oration Award (Microbiology)

The 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 2016 is being presented to Dr. Anuradha Chowdhary, Professor, Department of Microbiology, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, University of Delhi, for the research work on 'Unravelling the antifungal resistance in emerging human pathogenic fungi: an upcoming threat in India'. Dr. Chowdhary is elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, Infectious Diseases Society of America and European Confederation of Medical Mycology. Dr. Chowdhary has been studying the epidemiology of emerging invasive fungal infections, molecular ecology and population genetics of pathogenic fungi in India with a focus on elucidating antifungal resistance mechanisms in aspergillosis and candidiasis. The emergence of multidrug resistant clonal Candida auris strains and multi-azole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus in India were identified by her.


 

Dr. Shanta Dutta

Year: 2014

Dr. Y. S. Narayana Rao Oration Award (Microbiology)

The award for the year 2014 is being presented to Dr Shanta Dutta, ICMR-National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata for the research work on 'Molecular characterization of enteric bacteria'. Dr. Dutta is a clinical microbiologist and is actively involved in carrying out research on diarrhoeal diseases for over two decades. She has contributed both in basic and in applied studies. Development of rapid diagnostics, preparing anti-bacterial herbal formulations, characterizing antimicrobial resistance of enteric bacteria and their molecular subtypes are some of her major research activities.


 

Dr D. Nageswara Rao

Year: 2012

Dr. Y. S. Narayana Rao Oration Award (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.


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Dr. Sandeep Grover

Year: 2016

Dr. Vidya Sagar Award

The Dr. Vidya Sagar Award was instituted in 1985 by faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, 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 2016 is being presented to Dr. Sandeep Grover, Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for the research work on 'Mental Illness'. Dr. Grover has made important contributions in the area of mental illness to enhance the existing state of knowledge regarding the impact of psychiatric disorders on patients and their family members; prevalence of metabolic syndrome in patients with severe mental disorders, sexual dysfunction associated psychotropic medications and Dhat syndrome.


 

Dr. Ajit Avasthi

Year: 2014

Dr. Vidya Sagar Award

The award for the year 2014 is being presented to Dr. Ajit Avasthi, Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for the research work on 'Mental disorders'. Dr. Avasthi has contributed significantly to the speciality of Psychiatry. His research interests include clinical research in schizophrenia, anxiety and mood disorders, human sexuality and its dysfunctions, and consultation-liaison psychiatry. He is pioneer of low cost model of conducting multicentric studies and instrumental for bringing out clinical practice guidelines for management of various psychiatric disorders.


 

Dr Ritushree Kukreti

Year: 2012

Dr. Vidya Sagar Award

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.


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Dr. Deepak Bansal

Year: 2016

Dr. P. N. Raju Oration Award

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 2016 is being presented to Dr. Deepak Bansal, Hematology-Oncology unit, Department of Paediatrics, Advanced Paediatrics Centre, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for the research work on 'Imatinib has adverse effect on growth in children with chronic myeloid leukemia'. Prof. Bansal demonstrated growth retardation to be a significant adverse effect of imatinib in children with CML. Prof. Bansal demonstrated it to result from the disruption of GH/IGF-1 axis. In addition, growth hormone was administered to children with CML, receiving imatinib and observed to be beneficial.


 

Dr. Anand Krishnan

Year: 2014

Dr. P. N. Raju Oration Award

The award for year 2014 is being presented to Dr. Anand Krishnan, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for the research work on 'Closing the gaps: Linking research surveillance and program in non-communicable diseases'. Dr. Krishnan, in his work with communities, governments and international agencies spanning 15 years, has promoted a public health approach to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). He has worked in developing tools for surveillance, supported NCD risk factor surveys in India and elsewhere in South-East Asian Region. He has developed primary health care delivery models for NCDs and also drafted NCD related multi-sectoral strategies at national and international level.


 

Dr Vikash Kumar Dubey

Year: 2012

Dr. P. N. Raju Oration Award

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.


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Dr. Smita Asthana

Year: 2016

Dr. M. K. Seshadri Prize

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 2016 is being presented to Dr. Smita Asthana ICMR-National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research, NOIDA in recognition for her research work 'Cervical cancer prevention'. Dr. Asthana has successfully demonstrated rural community based cervical screening projects in Dadri tehsil of Uttar Pradesh. Screening involved care HPV DNA, Pap and VIA testing on ten thousand women. Cancer, high grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) and low grade CIN were detected and treated by referral to different health care levels.


 

Dr. Rajnarayan Ramshankar Tiwari

Year: 2014

Dr. M. K. Seshadri Prize

The award for the year 2014 is being jointly presented to Dr. Rajnarayan Ramshankar Tiwari, National Institute of Miner's Health, Nagpur in recognition for his research work in the area of community medicine/ occupational health. Dr. Tiwari has shown that the females are more vulnerable to respiratory disorders when exposed to different dust and chemicals at workplace because of multiple insults to their respiratory system from second-hand smoke and bad cooking fuels. Working children is another important vulnerable group which not only lag behind in the school going children group in physical and mental development but is also susceptible to numerous hazardous occupational exposure and diseases.


 

Dr Sanjay Laxman Chauhan

Year: 2012

Dr. M. K. Seshadri Prize

The award for the year 2012 is being presented to Dr Sanjay Laxman Chauhan, Scientist-F and Head, Department of Operational Research, ICMR-National 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 | [Top ]

 

Dr. Chanakya Nath Kundu

Year: 2016

Drs. Kunti & Om Prakash Oration Award

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 2016 is being presented to Dr. Chanakya Nath Kundu, School of Biotechnology, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar for the research work on 'Anti-metastasis, anti-cancer stem cell (CSCs) and anti-angiogenesis potentiality of bioactive compound Quinacrine against cancers'. Dr. Kundu has reported the anti-cancer action of an anti-malarial agent Quinacrine (QC). Quinacrine stop the eradication of cancer by inhibiting the metastasis, angiogenesis and growth of cancer stem cells. It displayed anti-cancer activity not only by increasing DNA damage but also compromising the base excision repair (BER) within the cancer cells.


 

Dr. Poonam Salotra

Year: 2014

Drs. Kunti & Om Prakash Oration Award

The award for the year 2014 is being jointly presented to Dr. Poonam Salotra, Molecular Parasitology Lab, ICMR-National Institute of Pathology, New Delhi for the research work on 'Studies on vaccine development, diagnostics, immunobiology and mechanism of drug resistance in visceral and cutaneous leishmaniasis'. Dr. Salotra has made seminal contributions in the field of leishmaniasis. Her studies on pathogen genomics, mechanism of drug resistance, understanding of Leishmania biology and host-parasite interactions are of immediate relevance. Candidate vaccine is in pre-clinical trials and the diagnostics developed by her are in use in referral laboratories.


 

Dr. Premashis Kar

Year: 2014

Drs. Kunti & Om Prakash Oration Award

The award for the year 2014 is being jointly presented to Dr. Premashis Kar, Department of Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi for the research work on 'Infectious disease'. In viral hepatitis, high levels of soluble Fas ligand (sFasL) and tumor necrosis factor (TNF-alpha) predict death and timely referral to transplant-centre. Reduced expression of progesterone-receptor (PR) and progesterone-induced-blocking-factor (PIBF) with high viral load predict poor pregnancy outcome in hepatitis E. High hepatitis A virus (HAV) and gestational hepatitis E virus (HEV) viral loads correlate with severity of liver disease. In acute liver failure, expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) predispose to massive necrosis of liver.


 

Dr Smita D. Mahale

Year: 2012

Drs. Kunti & Om Prakash Oration Award

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.


BGRC Silver Jubilee Oration Award (Haematology / Immunohaematology) | [Top ]

 

Dr. Babu Rao Vundinti

Year: 2016

BGRC Silver Jubilee Oration Award (Haematology / Immunohaematology)

The BGRC Silver Jubilee Oration Award was instituted in 1982 by the ICMR-National Institute of Immunohaematology, Mumbai (former by Blood Group Reference Centre) of the ICMR. This award is granted to a scientist for his/her research work carried out over a period of time in the field of haematology /immunohaematology. The award for the year 2016 is being presented to Dr. Babu Rao Vundinti, Scientist-E ICMR-National Institute of Immunohaematology, Mumbai for the research work on 'Understanding the molecular basis of hematological diseases'. Dr. Vundinti has made significant contribution to the field of human genetics of hematological diseases and hematological malignancies in past 20 years. He carried out extensive research on diagnosis, molecular pathology of Fanconi anemia and identified several novel mutations and also established prenatal diagnosis. He made substantial contribution in cytogenetics, molecular mechanisms of hematological malignancies. He has published 90 research papers in peer reviewed national/international journals.


 

Dr. Lalit Kumar

Year: 2014

BGRC Silver Jubilee Oration Award (Haematology / Immunohaematology)

The BGRC Silver Jubilee Oration Award was instituted in 1982 by the ICMR-National Institute of Immunohaematology, Mumbai (former by Blood Group Reference Centre) of the ICMR. This award is granted to a scientist for his/her research work carried out over a period of time in the field of haematology /immunohaematology. The award for the year 2016 is being presented to Dr. Babu Rao Vundinti, Scientist-E ICMR-National Institute of Immunohaematology, Mumbai for the research work on 'Understanding the molecular basis of hematological diseases'. Dr. Vundinti has made significant contribution to the field of human genetics of hematological diseases and hematological malignancies in past 20 years. He carried out extensive research on diagnosis, molecular pathology of Fanconi anemia and identified several novel mutations and also established prenatal diagnosis. He made substantial contribution in cytogenetics, molecular mechanisms of hematological malignancies. He has published 90 research papers in peer reviewed national/international journals.


 

Dr Anita Harish Nadkarni

Year: 2012

BGRC Silver Jubilee Oration Award (Haematology / Immunohaematology)

The award for the year 2012 is being presented to Dr Anita Harish Nadkarni, Scientist-E, ICMR-National Institute of Immunohaematology, Mumbai for the research work on 'Genetic etiologies for phenotypic diversity of major hemoglobinopathies in India'. Dr Nadkarni has made significant contribution to the field of molecular genetics of thalassaemia and other haemoglobinopathies during the past two decades. She carried out extensive research on, epidemiology, diagnosis and pathophysiology of thalassaemia and sickle cell anaemia. She made important contribution in understanding the role of genetic modifiers in clinical variability of thalassemia syndromes among Indians, which has significant implications for their therapeutic management. Dr Nadkarni has been a recipient of Science and Technology Agency 'STA' fellowship of Government of Japan from Japan Science and Technology Corporation. She has published 110 research papers in peer-reviewed national- international scientific journals.


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Dr. Sahajal Dhooria

Year: 2016

Smt. Kamal Satbir Award

Smt. Kamal Satbir Award was instituted in 1987 by Commodore Satbir, AVSM, I.N. (Retd.) in memory of wife Smt Kamal for significant research contribution by young scientists in biomedical sciences. This prize is awarded for the best published research work on in the field of non-tuberculous Chest Diseases, especially Respiratory Allergy and Chronic Obstructive Lung Diseases pertaining to mechanism and causation of the diseases, their prevention and / or management. The award for the year 2016 is being presented to Dr. Sahajal Dhooria, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for the research works on 'Role of endobronchial ultrasound in the diagnosis of mediastinal diseases'. Dr. Dhooria has been systematically exploring the nuances of the endobronchial ultrasound technology. His team found that certain ultrasound features of mediastinal lymph nodes can help in distinguishing tuberculosis from sarcoidosis. He also reported the first experience from the country on endoscopic ultrasound with an echobronchoscope, a useful modification of endobronchial ultrasound.


 

Dr. Navneet Singh

Year: 2014

Smt. Kamal Satbir Award

The award for the year 2014 is being presented to Dr. Navneet Singh, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for the research work on 'Clinico - epidemiological profile of lung cancer in north India and its association with quantified tobacco smoking'. Dr. Singh's work on lung cancer focuses on molecular biology, epidemiology, symptom assessment using simple scoring systems and management in resource constrained settings. His work demonstrated geographical diversity in the epidemiological profile of lung cancer within India and also that there are several differences from developed countries. Quantified tobacco smoke exposure has a significant and important association with the clinical profile of lung cancer patients at diagnosis.


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Dr. Vishvanath Tiwari

Year: 2016

Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes

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 2016 is being presented to Dr. Vishvanath Tiwari, Department of Biochemistry, Central University of Rajasthan, Ajmer for the research work on 'Determination of carbapenem resistance in Acinetobacter baumannii'. Dr. Tiwari has identified the carbapenem resistance mechanism of Acinetobacter baumannii, an ESKAPE pathogen that causes nosocomial infections, using multi-disciplinary approach. He has also suggested nano-medicine and herbal-medicine as an alternative therapeutics to control carbapenem resistant strain of Acinetobacter baumannii


 

Dr. Sanjeev Das

Year: 2016

Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes

The award for the year 2016 is being presented to Dr. Sanjeev Das, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi for the research work on 'Understanding the temporal regulation of p53- mediated trans-activation in response to diverse stress and its implications in therapeutics'. The major scientific contributions of Dr. Das are in cancer biology. He has worked on understanding the regulatory milieu of tumor suppressors proteins that regulate diverse processes underlying tumorigenesis. His studies have led to a better understanding of tumor suppressor p53- mediated stress response, which have implications for chemotherapy outcome.


 

Dr. Amit Mishra

Year: 2016

Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes

The award for the year 2016 is being presented to Dr. Amit Mishra, Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur for the research work on 'Protein quality control mechanisms: Implicated in ageing and neurodegeneration'. Dr. Mishra examined that how a well-known Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug lbuprofen is linked with proteasomal dysfunction. This finding generates new insights for effective anti-tumor strategies and consequently helps in neurodegeneration. He also investigated the hidden potential function of Mahogunin ring finger -1 protein against proteotoxicity of Huntington's disease.


 

Dr. Rajashree Das Nee Patra

Year: 2016

Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes

The award for the year 2016 is being presented to Dr. Rajashree Das nee Patra, Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Amity University, Noida for the research work on 'Role of Cag pathogenicity island (cag PAI) in Helicobacter pylori related gastro- duodenal diseases in India'. Dr. Das's research showed that presence of cagA gene, cannot be used invariably as a virulent marker for cag Pathogenicity island, in Indian Helicobacter pylori strains isolated from duodenal ulcer patients. She has also demonstrated the existence of multiple H. pylori strains with different genetic polymorphisms in a single host in Indian subcontinent.


 

Dr. Riaz Ahmad

Year: 2015

Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes

The award for the year 2015 is being presented to Dr. Riaz Ahmad, Department of Zoology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, for the research work on 'Search of some novel biomarkers and putative role of Resveratrol in ameliorating N'-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) induced hepatic fibrosis'. Dr. Ahmad's research involves definite exploration of path leading to the efficacy of drug development against hepatic fibrosis. His work on NDMA-induced fibrosis model using sophisticated proteomic techniques revealed ten biomarkers. The novel data discovers the mechanism of hepatic fibrosis and also delineate probable ameliorative pathway by resveratrol.


 

Dr. Dipika Bansal

Year: 2015

Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes

The award for the year 2015 is being presented to Dr. Dipika Bansal, Department of Pharmacy Practice, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Mohali, for the research work on 'Health burden of complications of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in adults in North India and developing cost effective approaches for prevention and management'. Dr. Bansal has undertaken several epidemiological studies and clinical trials to determine the prevalence and treatment implications of micro and macrovascular complications of diabetes in North India. She has evaluated the effectiveness of various drugs for the treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy.


 

Dr. Subhash Mohan Agarwal

Year: 2015

Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes

The award for the year 2015 is being presented to Dr. Subhash Mohan Agarwal, ICMR-National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research, NOIDA, UP for the research work on 'Development of biological database: Key for accelerating drug discovery in cancer'. Dr. Agarwal has developed a web-enabled database of experimentally validated genes involved in cervical carcinogenesis. He has also established specialized resource of plant-based anticancer naturally occurring compounds and a repository of EGFR inhibitors for targeted therapy. The availability of these resources is enabling identification of new leads against cancer.


 

Dr. Amit Kumar Dutta

Year: 2015

Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes

The award for the year 2015 is being presented to Dr. Amit Kumar Dutta, Department of Gastroenterology, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, for the research work in Clinical Gastroenterology in the area of 'Advanced gastrointestinal endoscopic imaging and malabsorption syndromes in Indian context'. Dr. Dutta's research works have been in the field of 'Medical Gastroenterology' with special focus on i) Advanced endoscopic imaging for early detection and better characterisation of lesions, ii) Inflammatory Bowel Disease and malabsorption syndromes.


 

Dr. Vijay Kumar Prajapati

Year: 2014

Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes

The award for the year 2014 is being presented to Dr. Vijay Kumar Prajapati, Department of Biochemistry, School of Life Sciences, Central University of Rajasthan, Ajmer for the research work on 'Synergistic effect of amphotericin B attached with carbon nano-tubes is effective treatment for experimental visceral leishmaniasis'. Dr. Prajapati has developed functionalized carbon nano-tubes (f-CNTs) conjugated amphotericin B (AmB). New f-CNT-AmB formulation was able to kill more Leishmania donovani parasites in the macrophage cell line along with negligible toxicity. He was also able to deliver nano-formulation in hamster through intra-peritoneal and oral route with good tolerability.


 

Dr. Nooruddin Khan

Year: 2014

Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes

The award for the year 2014 is being presented to Dr. Nooruddin Khan, Lab of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad for the research work on 'Molecular mechanism of vaccine induced protective immunity'. The findings of Dr. Khan's Group reveal that yellow fever vaccine (YF17D) activates GCN2 to program dendritic cells to initiate autophagy and enhanced antigen-presentation to T cells. These findings have potential bearing for the design and development of novel vaccine formulation against emerging infectious diseases.


 

Dr. Nidhi Chauhan

Year: 2014

Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes

The award for the year 2014 is being presented to Dr. Nidhi Chauhan, Amity University, Noida for the research work on 'Synthesis of nanosensing interfaces for the detection of various metabolities in clinical samples'. The research work of Dr. Chauhan on synthesis of nanosensing interfaces was focused on designing laboratory models of amperometric biosensors for determination of ascorbic acid, lysine and acetylcholine in sera of patients.


 

Dr. Jagriti Narang

Year: 2013

Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes

The award for the year 2013 is being presented to Dr. Jagriti Narang, Amity University, Noida for the research work on 'Disease diagnosis using sensing approach'. Dr. Narang focused on designing laboratory models of nano-enabled sensing interface coupled with biological molecules such as enzymes, DNA for the diagnosis of various disease such as cardiovascular, Alzheimer Parkinson's, hepatitis diseases, etc. She has constructed biosensor for the determination of metabolites (like ascorbic acid, glutathione, peroxides, bilirubin, oxalates, lysine, choline).


 

Dr. Sandeep Grover

Year: 2013

Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes

The award for the year 2013 is being presented to Dr. Sandeep Grover, Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for the research work on 'Delirium'. Dr. Grover has made some important contribution to enhance the existing state of knowledge regarding incidence and prevalence of delirium among medically ill patients, symptom profile of delirium, symptom profile in various age groups, validating instruments for assessment of symptoms, psychological impact on patients and their caregivers and evaluating the effectiveness of atypical antipsychotic in the management of delirium.


 

Dr. Yasir Hasan Siddique

Year: 2013

Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes

The award for the year 2013 is being presented to Dr. Yasir Hasan Siddique, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Life Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh for the research work on 'Role of natural plant products against the toxic effects of anti-cancerous drugs and steroidal drugs'. Dr. Siddique has studied the role of natural plant products in vivo as well as in vitro (cultured human peripheral blood lymphocytes) against the toxic effects of anti-cancerous as well as steroidal drugs (synthetic progestins).


 

Dr Ritesh Agarwal

Year: 2012

Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes

The award for the year 2012 is being presented to Dr Ritesh Agarwal, Additional Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for the research work on 'Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis'. Dr Agarwal has been systematically exploring this enigmatic disease over the last 10 years especially its epidemiology, classification, diagnosis, and management. He is the Coordinator of the Working Group on Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis Complicating Asthmatics formed under the auspices of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology. Dr Agarwal has been awarded the ICMR Kamal Satbir Award for the year 2009 and the NASI -Scopus Young Scientist Award for the year 2011, for his work in the field of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis. He has more than 300 publications in national and international journals.


 

Dr Sheetal Chawla

Year: 2011

Shakuntala Amir Chand Prizes

The award for the year 2011 is being presented to Dr Sheetal Chawla, Young Investigator, Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad, for the research work on 'An amperometric haemoglobin A1c biosensor based on immobilization of fructosy1 amino acid oxidise onto zinc oxide nanoparticles-polypyrrole film'. The research work focused on designing laboratory models of amperometric biosensors for determination of glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) in whole blood and phenolic compounds in food materials. Dr Chawla has constructed amperometric biosensors for measurement of uric acid and sulphite. Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) biosensors based on nanoparticles were employed for determination of HbA1c in human whole blood, which showed comparatively higher sensitivity, wider linearity, better reusability and stability and faster response time than earlier reported biosensors. Dr Chawla has also constructed laboratory model of amperometric biosensors for detection of phenolic compounds in different food stuffs to evaluate their antioxidant activity and quality. Dr Chawla has published 19 research papers in international journals. She has also filed an India patent.


ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research Conducted in Under-Developed Areas | [Top ]

 

Prof. Vikash Kumar Dubey

Year: 2016

ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research Conducted in Under-Developed Areas

The ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research Conducted in Underdeveloped Areas was instituted by the ICMR in 1983 for scientists who have contributed significantly to any field of biomedical sciences and is granted for the work carried out in underdeveloped areas of the country. The prize for year 2016 is being presented to Prof. Vikash Kumar Dubey, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati for the research work on 'Studies on Leishmania parasite'. Prof. Dubey has done extensive studies on key metabolic pathways of Leishmania parasite using integrated computational and biochemical approaches. He has identified novel lead drug candidates that disrupt redox homeostasis of the pathogen. His studies have also provided better understanding of miltefosine unresponsiveness in Leishmania.


 

Dr. Hemonta Kr. Dutta

Year: 2014

ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research Conducted in Under-Developed Areas

The prize for year 2014 is being presented to Dr. Hemonta Kr. Dutta, Department of Paediatric Surgery, Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh for the research work on 'Iodine status during pregnancy among tea garden workers in Assam and its effect on the foetus'. Tea garden community of Assam is the largest working class population in the organized sector. Nutritional deficiencies and high congenital malformations are reported among these people. Dr. Dutta conducted a case control study to assess the iodine nutritional status of pregnant tea garden women and its effect on the foetus.


 

Dr. Showket Hussain

Year: 2013

ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research Conducted in Under-Developed Areas

The prize for 2013 is being presented to Dr. Showket Hussain, ICMR-National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research, Noida for the research work on 'Genetic, epigenetic and molecular epidemiological insights in gastro-esophageal carcinogenesis'. Dr. Hussain has demonstrated a possible link between esophageal cancer and specific food habits particularly sodium bicarbonate brewed consumption of hot salted tea in Kashmiri population. His research finding(s) also implicate the role of signaling pathways and human papilloma virus (HPV) infection which are novel drug targets for cancer treatment and prevention.


 

Dr Vikash Gangadhar Rao

Year: 2012

ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research Conducted in Under-Developed Areas

The prize for year 2012 is being jointly presented to Dr Vikash Gangadhar Rao, Scientist-G, ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tribal Health, Jabalpur for the research work on 'Tuberculosis - a major health problem among tribal population of Central India'. Dr Rao has been working among the particularly vulnerable tribal groups living in the inaccessible hilly terrains of Central India to assess the magnitude of the burden of tuberculosis and to understand the socio-cultural determinants of the disease. Dr Rao's studies brought to light the alarming situation of tuberculosis among the Saharia tribe of Madhya Pradesh, as also the attention of health policy makers, medical fraternity and social scientists to the problem of tribal tuberculosis and the need to find innovative solutions to it. Dr Rao's studies generated many vital information about tuberculosis among the tribes such as its risk factors, social determinants, level of knowledge and awareness of the communities and many biomedical characteristics such as emergence of multi-drug resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This paved the way for formulating a Multi-centric Task Force Study by ICMR to estimate the burden of TB and develop an innovative health system model to strengthen TB control in the tribal areas. Dr Rao developed a fully equipped and accredited tuberculosis laboratory that routinely carries out culture and serves as the backbone of laboratory support to the programmatic management of drug resistant TB (PMDT) programme under Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP). Dr Rao has published more than 50 research papers in national and international scientific journals.


 

Dr Siraj Ahmed Khan

Year: 2012

ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research Conducted in Under-Developed Areas

The prize for year 2012 is being jointly presented to Dr Siraj Ahmed Khan, Scientist-D, Entomology and Filariasis Division, ICMR-Regional Medical Research Centre, Dibrugarh, for the research work on 'Arboviral disease scenario in North east India bringing a threshold change to tackle arboviral diseases'. Although the most common aetiology of acute encephalopathy syndrome (AES) is Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus, it is difficult to differentiate it clinically from the other aetiologies. Under such conditions laboratory confirmation is essential for accurate diagnosis of AES. Dr Khan and his team identified West Nile virus activity in the eastern part of India during the year 2006 and also implicated its role in causation of AES. Subsequently, he identified the role of scrub typhus (2010), dengue virus (2007), chikungunya virus (2008) and leptospira (2009) contributing substantially in causation of AES. This has led to awareness among the medical fraternity which in turn led to timely diagnosis of the treatable conditions. For working over two decades in NE India covering eight States of the region, Dr Khan has covered a number of epidemics-outbreaks of vector borne infectious diseases, identified the local risk factors, designed local control strategies and prepared information, education and communication (IEC) material which has been highly effective in containing the diseases. Dr Khan has published over 75 research papers in national and international journals as also a few books such as mosquito fauna of NE, India; JE scenario in NE India, Early warning module on JE using remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) and tri-lingual handbooks (Hindi, Assamese and English) on JE, West Nile, dengue, chikungunya and scrub typhus.


 

Dr Kangiam Rekha Devi

Year: 2011

ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research Conducted in Under-Developed Areas

The prize for 2011 is being presented to Dr Kangiam Rekha Devi, Scientist-D, ICMR-Regional Medical Research Centre, Dibrugarh for the research work on 'Studies on paragonimiasis in North-Eastern India'. Dr Rekha Devi has made significant contributions on various aspects of medically important lung flukes especially on their epidemiology, molecular taxonomy and phylogeny. Dr Rekha Devi has shown that in remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh it was possible to control paragonimiasis as evidenced by significant reduction in the prevalence of the lung fluke infections in adults as well as children of both the sexes. She has carried out surveys for detection of tuberculosis and paragonimiasis in the remote areas in North-Eastern India using cough as a simple indicator. Specifically, she has found a new foci of paragonimiasis in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Mizoram and Meghalaya as also three new genotypes of lung flukes occurring in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh belonging to Paragonimus westermani complex based on DNA sequencing and phylogenetic analysis. She has also incriminated P. heterotremus as a causative agent of human pulmonary paragonimiasis in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. She has also developed two rodent models for P. westermani and P. heterotremus. These rodent models of pulmonary paragonimiasis are useful for screening new drugs against lung flukes and also for immunological studies. Recently the technology to develop a highly sensitive and specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kit for the detection of human paragonimiasis has been developed which is being commercialized. Dr Rekha Devi has published 17 research papers in national and international journals.


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Dr. D. N. Sharma

Year: 2016

ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research for Scientists Belonging to Under-Privileged Communities

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 2016 is being presented to Dr. D. N. Sharma, Professor, Department of Radiotherapy, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for the research work on 'Radiotherapy/ Brachytherapy for gynaecological malignancies'. Dr. Sharma is working towards the research of newer techniques of radiotherapy for gynecological cancers with a special focus on brachytherapy. He has published over 200 papers and has been conferred the AIIMS Excellence Award for Clinical Research. He is a visiting professor to the Cancer Institute of New Jersey University.


 

Dr. Kumpati Premkumar

Year: 2014

ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research for Scientists Belonging to Under-Privileged Communities

The Award for the year 2014 is being presented to Dr. Kumpati Premkumar, Department of Biomedical Science, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli for the research work on 'Doxorubicin conjugated gold nanorods: A sustained drug delivery carrier for improved anticancer therapy'. His research focuses on understanding the genetic basis of cancer and developing nanobased strategies for combating cancer, overcoming the drawbacks of classical chemotherapy. Dr. Premkumar's group developed size tunable doxorubicin conjugated gold nanorods as nanotheranostics, with better cellular internalization, limited cardiotoxicity and complete cancer regression when subjected to laser mediated hyperthermia.


 

Dr. Prabhakar S. Kedar

Year: 2013

ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research for Scientists Belonging to Under-Privileged Communities

The prize for 2013 is being presented to Dr. Prabhakar S. Kedar, ICMR-National Institute of Immunohaematology, Mumbai for the research work on 'Studies on hereditary hemolytic anemia due to red cell enzymopathies'. Dr. Kedar has reported novel mutations in the human PKLR (pyruvate kinase,liver and RBC) gene in Indian patients. He studied structural and functional aspects of mutated protein in the RBCs to evaluate deleterious effect. Prenatal diagnosis of pyruvate kinase deficiency in the severe transfusion dependent patients was done in the country. He has developed a new test for diagnosis of red cell membrane protein defects using eosin-5-maleimide (EMA), a specific dye, by flow cytometer and diagnosed over 300 cases of hereditary spherocytosis in Indian population.


 

Dr Suaib Luqman

Year: 2012

ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research for Scientists Belonging to Under-Privileged Communities

The Award for the year 2012 is being presented to Dr Suaib Luqman, Scientist (CSIR-CIMAP) & Assistant Professor (AcSIR) at CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Lucknow for the research work on 'Plant based natural products as anticancer agents'. Dr Luqman's research work is focused on deciphering the efficacy of natural products as antineoplastic agents using molecular and cell based targets. He is working on minute clues regarding how and in what dose regimen the molecules of interest can modulate the receptor-target in a cancer cell, to accentuate their pleiotropic mode of action in disease progression. He has developed several molecular and cell target based assay for in vitro drug screening and anticancer drug discovery programme. His research findings have demonstrated the significance of natural products as prominent modulators of key targets and- or pathways in cancer cell that affect the proliferation, invasion & metastasis, angiogenesis and cell cycle regulation. Dr Luqman has been serving as Member-Fellow of several professional societies such as the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR), American Chemical Society (ACS), the National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad, etc. He is also serving as Honorary Associate Editor of Annals of Phytomedicine and as an editorial board member of Biomedical Research and Therapy. He has more than 60 peer reviewed research papers, two patents, and three book chapters to his credit.


 

Prof. Anil Kumar

Year: 2011

ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research for Scientists Belonging to Under-Privileged Communities

The prize for 2011 is being presented to Prof. Anil Kumar, Professor of Pharmacology, University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UGC Centre of Advanced Study, Panjab University, Chandigarh for the research work on 'Neuropharmacologial investigation on various neuroprotective mechanisms for age related problems'. Prof. Kumar has developed various neuroprotective strategies for age and related problems particularly, Alzheimer, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke and post stroke depression, stress complications, and sleep related problems. Prof. Kumar explained the possible role of oxidative damage, neuroinflammatory, apoptotic, and mitochondrial dysfunction in the pathogenesis of these disease conditions. His research work highlights the potential role of various herbal antioxidants - phytopharmaceuticals- botanicals, neuroprotectants, and cyclooxygenase inhibitors against these diseases. Several antioxidants (naringin, carvedilol), cyclooxygenase inhibitors (resveratrol, nimesulide, naproxen, rofecoxib, celecoxib), and immunophyllines (FK 506, cyclosporins) and their possible novel mechanisms (GABAergic and nitric oxide modulation) have been explored. Prof. Kumar has published more than 90 research papers in national and international journals. Dr Kumar is a Member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, as also a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad.


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Dr. Ellora Sen

Year: 2016

ICMR Kshanika Oration Award

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 2016 is being presented to Dr. Ellora Sen, National Brain Research Centre, Gurugram for the research work on 'Inflammation induced metabolic switches: implications in tumorigenesis'. Dysregulated metabolism and aberrant inflammation are characteristic features of Glioblastoma multiforme - the most aggressive malignant brain tumor which is largely resistant to current therapeutic regimens. Dr. Sen's research work has offered the prospect for anti-glioma therapies aimed at targeting inflammation driven aberrant metabolism associated with resistance to chemotherapeutics and immune evasion.


 

Dr. Neelima Mishra

Year: 2015

ICMR Kshanika Oration Award

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 branch of biomedical sciences. The award for the year 2015 is being presented to Dr. Neelima Mishra, Scientist E, ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research, Dwarka, New Delhi for the research work on 'Malaria'. Dr. Mishra's studies on antimalarial drug resistance including molecular markers under Nationwide sentinel site system in collaboration with National programme has provided evidence of increased treatment failure, leading to change of drug policy for falciparum malaria in 7 states of North-East. As a lead investigator, she has developed novel diagnostic method for detecting different species of Plasmodium with detection limit of less then1 parasite/microlitre blood.


 

Dr. Nasreen Zafar Ehtesham

Year: 2014

ICMR Kshanika Oration Award

The award for the year 2014 is being presented to Dr. Nasreen Zafar Ehtesham, Scientist 'G' ICMR-National Institute of Pathology, New Delhi for the research work on 'Cell biology of the disease processes'. Dr. Ehtesham has been investigating the role of unique set of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb) genes, called PE-PPE/PGRS, in immunogenicity, molecular mimicry and diagnostics. Correlating the differences at genomic and proteomic levels between pathogenic and non pathogenic strains of M. tb, she identified important attributes of pathogenesis. Some of these findings have been patented. She has published extensionely in national and international journals and has four patents of her credit.


 

Dr. Mitali Chatterjee

Year: 2013

ICMR Kshanika Oration Award

The award for the year 2013 is being presented to Dr. Mitali Chatterjee, Department of Pharmacology, Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Kolkata for the research work on 'Development of biomarkers for Indian Leishmaniasis'. Dr. Chatterjee's research work embodies 'Translational research in Indian Leishmaniasis' (visceral and post kala-azar dermal Leishmaniasis) that includes delineating disease specific biomarkers and exploiting their specificity for improved diagnosis, identification of factors contributing to antimonial unresponsiveness and evaluation of newer chemotherapeutic modalities for better management of Leishmaniasis.


 

Dr Sujatha Narayanan

Year: 2012

ICMR Kshanika Oration Award

The award for the year 2012 is being presented to Dr Sujatha Narayanan, Scientist-G, ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai for the research work on 'Molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and functional genomics of M. tuberculosis'. By using all the available tools of molecular epidemiology Dr Narayanan has characterised the genotype of M. tuberculosis and identified the most prevalent strains in south India and how these are different from other strains around the world. She has demonstrated that most recurrences in HIV positive patients are by newer strains and the HIV negative tuberculosis patients are endogenously reactivated by older strains of tuberculosis. She has also demonstrated that M. tuberculosis by close interaction with hosts prefer to infect sympatric population in the first generation. She has also shown that a patient can be infected by more than one strain of tuberculosis. Using functional genomic approach, she has characterised several genes of M. tuberculosis especially serine threonine kinases in order to understand the pathogenesis of the disease. In this pursuit, her team has shown that a serine threonine kinase gene of M. tuberculosis has influence over the host apoptosis mechanism thereby promoting its own intracellular survival. This gene has also been shown to promote HIV infection in tuberculosis patients by influencing the HIV receptors. More than six genes of M. tuberculosis have been mutated using advanced technique and their function in the genome has been elicited. Her lab has been credited in India to create a double knock-out mutant of M. tuberculosis. She has studied the gene regulation of the first inducible gene of mycobacteria. She has developed, several vaccine candidates including epitope based recombinant BCG. She has tested several lichen compounds for anti mycobacterial activity. She has published over 85 publications in both international and national journals. She has also filed a patent for diagnostic primers.


 

Dr Roshan Behram Colah

Year: 2011

ICMR Kshanika Oration Award

The award for the year 2011 is being presented to Dr Roshan Behram Colah, Scientist-F, ICMR-National Institute of Immunohaematology, Mumbai for the research work on 'Assessment of the health burden of haemoglobinopathies in western India and developing cost effective approaches for prevention and management'. Dr Colah has contributed significantly in undertaking extensive epidemiological studies to determine the variable prevalence of the thalassemias in western India and evaluated the advantages and limitations of screening different population groups. She showed the importance of micro-mapping to determine the true burden of disease as also documented the advantages and disadvantages of different technologies for screening and diagnosis of the Beta thalassemias to determine the suitable approach in our multi-ethnic population. Prenatal diagnosis was offered to over 2000 couples so far and the birth of more than 500 babies with major disease prevented. A simple reverse dot blot hybridization approach which was developed for characterizing common Indian Beta thalassemia mutations and abnormal hemoglobins for first trimester prenatal diagnosis was transferred to various centres including few medical colleges to establish more centres for prenatal diagnosis of haemoglobinopathies in the country. She showed the benefits of hydroxyurea therapy in reducing the transfusion requirements in transfusion dependent Beta thalassemia intermedia patients and the role of genetic factors in determining the response to this therapy. Dr Colah has published over 200 papers in peer reviewed national and international journals.


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Dr. Shally Awasthi

Year: 2016

Basanti Devi Amir Chand Prize

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 2016 is being presented to Dr. Shally Awasthi, Department of Paediatrics, King George's Medical University, Lucknow for the research work on 'Effect of 6 monthly vitamin A supplementation with and without deworming on all-cause mortality in children 1-5 years of age in Uttar Pradesh'. Dr. Awasthi has conducted the clinical trial 'DEVTA' Trial,-6 monthly mass vitamin A supplementation with or with-out albendazole, involving one million pre-school children over 6 years in UP. DEVTA refutes earlier claims of one-third mortality reduction with vitamin A supplementation and provides evidence base for national deworming day.


 

Dr. Pramod Kumar Garg

Year: 2015

Basanti Devi Amir Chand Prize

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 2015 is being presented to Dr. Pramod Kumar Garg, Department of Gastroenterology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for the research work on 'Idiopathic chronic pancreatitis in India - Phenotypic characterization and strong genetic susceptibility due to SPINKI and CFTR gene mutations'. Dr. Garg's seminal work on the pathophysiology of chronic pancreatitis has changed the conceptual understanding of the disease as seen in India discounting the earlier concepts of toxic and nutritional hypothesis and suggested it to be a genetically determined disease with oxidative stress as an important contributor.


 

Dr. S. Ganesh

Year: 2014

Basanti Devi Amir Chand Prize

The award for the year 2014 is being jointly presented to Dr. S. Ganesh, Department of Biological Sciences & Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur for the research work on 'Molecular pathology of Lafora progressive myoclonus epilepsy'. Dr. Ganesh has made significant contributions in elucidating the pathophysiology of Lafora neurodegenerative disorder. His seminal contributions include elucidating the cellular functions of Lafora disease proteins in proteolytic processes and glycogen metabolism. Specifically, he discovered the existence of feed-forward loop between glycogen metabolism and autophagy and identified potential targets for therapeutic interventions.


 

Dr. Babasaheb V. Tandale

Year: 2014

Basanti Devi Amir Chand Prize

The award for the year 2014 is being jointly presented to Dr. Babasaheb V. Tandale, Epidemiology Group, ICMR-Microbial Containment Complex, National Institute of Virology, Pune for the research work on 'Epidemiological research on emerging virus diseases'. Dr. Tandale primarily worked on pandemic H1N1, chikungunya, Chandipura and Kysanaur forest disease (KFD). H1N1 infections were mostly asymptomatic, leading to immunity. Chikungunya complications and deaths were reported in elderly with co-morbidities. Chandipura virus was confirmed with childhood encephalitis. KFD confirmation in Kerala led to vaccination of tribal population.


 

Dr Debabrata Dash

Year: 2012

Basanti Devi Amir Chand Prize

The award for the year 2012 is being presented to Dr Debabrata Dash, Professor & Head, Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi for the research work on 'Elucidation of novel antithrombotic applications of nanomaterials and pharmacological agents'. The main focus of research of Prof. Dash has been (i) molecular basis of platelet activation leading to prothrombotic pathologies, and (ii) interaction of nanomaterials with blood platelets and thrombi having translational potential. He has made studies on platelet biology, which include mechanisms of platelet ageing and apoptosis, late signaling events underlying pathological thrombus formation during stroke/coronary blockage, and unique anti-platelet effects of agents like tamoxifen, propranolol, melatonin and crinumin. What limits platelet life span to 10-12 days? With a series of incisive studies he has identified the molecular regulators of platelet ageing, which can have therapeutic implications in conditions like thrombocytopenia. In a platelet model he has identified the factor responsible for amyloid-beta toxicity that can be a potential anti-Alzheimer drug target. His design of an impedance-based graphene-coated biosensor for identification of individuals with high thrombotic risk sparks innovation and is a great step toward early diagnosis and prevention of coronary artery disorders. Prof. Dash has also made significant contributions in understanding thrombo-compatibility of a series of nanomaterials that include graphene, nanodiamond, nanosilver and nanogold. He reported thrombogenic potential of graphene oxide and nanodiamond and designed amine-modified graphene, which is safe for biomedical applications. Prof. Dash has been awarded with Tata Innovation Fellowship by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru and the National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Dr Dash has published 64 papers in various journals.


 

Dr Sangita Mukhopadhay

Year: 2011

Basanti Devi Amir Chand Prize

The award for the year 2011 is being presented to Dr Sangita Mukhopadhay, Staff Scientist-6, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad, for the research work on 'Tuberculosis immunopathology and identification of novel drug targets'. Understanding the molecular mechanisms of tuberculosis pathophysiology is paramount for development of suitable drug targets and candidate TB vaccines to overcome the nuances of rapidly emerging drug resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Dr Mukhopadhyay has made seminal contributions to understand how some of the crucial effector signalling pathways in an immunogically educated host are hijacked by the tuberculosis pathogen to favour its persistence and survival. These findings have led to design better drugs and therapeutic interventions to treat tuberculosis patients. Her work ascribed novel functions to two unique PE - PPE family of M. tuberculosis proteins (PPE2 and PPE18) by which the bacilli can shut down host's defence processes and ushered promising antivirulence strategies and compounds targeting the PPE2 and PPE18 proteins for the treatment of tuberculosis. Dr Mukhopadhyay has found that the PPE2 protein contains signatures typically found in eukaryotic transcription factors that translocates to the host cell nucleus to inhibit nitric oxide production by binding to the regulatory elements in iNOS promoter. An international patent has been granted for establishing that PPE2 is a novel drug target in tuberculosis. She has also made significant contributions in discovering a novel signalling network by which PPE18 protein inhibits pro-inflammatory signalling and the protective T - helper - 1 (Th1) response by binding to TLR2 and modulating NF-B - rel-SOCS3 activity. Dr Mukhopadhyay is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad, and the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru. She has filed two patents and published 40 research papers in international journals of high impact factors.


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Dr. Varsha Potdar

Year: 2016

Amrut Mody Unichem Prize

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 & Child Health/ Chest Diseases. The award for the year 2016 is being presented to Dr. Varsha Potdar, ICMR-National Institute of Virology, Pune for the research work on 'Chest Diseases'. Dr. Potdar has established molecular diagnosis including adaptation of various modern techniques; for timely diagnosis of seasonal and Pandemic Influenza viruses. Dr Potdar has been studying various aspects of Influenza over 10 years which has contributed to early diagnosis and better understanding of phylogenetic relationship of influenza viruses.


 

Dr. Sheffali Gulati

Year: 2015

Amrut Mody Unichem Prize

The award for the year 2015 is being presented to Dr. Sheffali Gulati, Department of Paediatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for the research work on Epilepsy and other neuro-developmental disorders'. Dr. Gulati is well-known for her work related to epilepsy. This spans from use of midazolam and lorazepam in acute seizures, folic acid supplementation for children on phenytoin therapy and dietary therapy for refractory epilepsy. Her landmark trials encompass various dietary modalities for refractory epilepsy. She has also conducted trials on modified constraint induced movement therapy in hemiplegic cerebral palsy.


 

Dr. Virendra Singh

Year: 2014

Amrut Mody Unichem Prize

The award for the year 2014 is being presented to Dr. Virendra Singh, Department of Hepatology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for the research work on 'Role of vasopressors in cirrhotic ascites and hepatorenal syndrome'. The work of Dr. Singh focuses on the role of vasopressors in ascites and hepatorenal syndrome. Cirrhotic ascites carries high morbidity and mortality. Arterial vasodilatation plays a major role in these patients and causes circulatory dysfunction, refractory ascites and hepatorenal syndrome. The findings proved the beneficial role of various vasoconstrictors as terlipressin, noradrenaline and midodrine in these patients.


 

Dr. Akshay Anand

Year: 2012

Amrut Mody Unichem Prize

The award for the year 2012 is being presented to Dr. Akshay Anand, Professor, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh for the research work on 'Neurology'. Dr. Anand has focused on biomarker discovery and animal model approach to advance predictive and therapeutic capacities in disorders of brain. He has described molecular association of risk alleles in PD and ALS on one hand and mechanism of action of Brahmi on the other. This may help in combining traditional and modern approaches in degenerative disorders of brain.


 

Prof. Dheeraj Gupta

Year: 2011

Amrut Mody Unichem Prize

The award for the year 2011 is being presented in the field of Chest Diseases to Prof. Dheeraj Gupta, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, for the research work on 'Sarcoidosis'. Sarcoidosis is now increasingly being recognized in India. However, the oberwhelming presence of tuberculosis has traditionally made the clinicians hesitant to diagnose sarcoidosis with confidence. Dr Gupta has been studying various aspects of sarcoidosis for over 18 years now and have researched in broadly three aspects - diagnosis, clinical severity and pathogenesis, which have contributed to better understanding and awareness of this multi-system disease in our county. He has demonstrated the important role of transbronchial lung biopsy in obtaining lung tissue for such demonstration, since lungs are the most commonly involved organs in sarcoidosis. Subsequently, Dr Gupta described the visible endobronchial abnormalities in about 30 per cent patients and also the value of adding endobronchial biopsy to transbronchial biopsy increases the diagnostic yield of bronchoscopy by about 10 per cent. He has also investigated the role of modern techniques like EBUS in diagnosis of sarcoidosis and its role vis-a-vis conventional bronchoscopy. Dr Gupta has is a Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi as also Fellow of a large member of Professional Societies. He has published over 290 papers in various journals.


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Dr. Kamirul Islam

Year: 2016

ICMR-CNMC STS Excellence Award

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 & Child Health/ Chest Diseases. The award for the year 2016 is being presented to Dr. Varsha Potdar, ICMR-National Institute of Virology, Pune for the research work on 'Chest Diseases'. Dr. Potdar has established molecular diagnosis including adaptation of various modern techniques; for timely diagnosis of seasonal and Pandemic Influenza viruses. Dr Potdar has been studying various aspects of Influenza over 10 years which has contributed to early diagnosis and better understanding of phylogenetic relationship of influenza viruses.



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Dr. Rohini Ravindran Nair

Year: 2015

ICMR Smt. Swaran Kanta Dingley Oration Award

ICMR Smt. Swarn Kanta Dingley Oration Award was instituted in 1984 by Dr. H. B. Dingley in the memory of his wife Smt. Swarn Kanta Dingley. This prize is awarded to an Indian scientist for outstanding contribution in the field of Reproductive Biology. The award for the year 2015 is being presented to Dr. Rohini Ravindran Nair, Post Doctoral Fellow, University of San Raffaele, Chromatin Dynamic Unit, Via Olgettina, 58, 20132, Milan Italy for the work on 'Molecular genetic analysis of early pregnancy loss'. Dr. Nair's past five years research has been focused, to understand the molecular genetics cause of early pregnancy loss. Dr. Nair, have published 15 papers in international journals like Fertility Sterility, Placenta, Journal of Reproductive Immunology, Reproductive Biomedicine Online and American Journal of Reproductive Biology.


 

Dr. Rohini Ravindran Nair

Year: 2015

ICMR Smt. Swaran Kanta Dingley Oration Award

ICMR Smt. Swarn Kanta Dingley Oration Award was instituted in 1984 by Dr. H. B. Dingley in the memory of his wife Smt. Swarn Kanta Dingley. This prize is awarded to an Indian scientist for outstanding contribution in the field of Reproductive Biology. The award for the year 2015 is being presented to Dr. Rohini Ravindran Nair, Post Doctoral Fellow, University of San Raffaele, Chromatin Dynamic Unit, Via Olgettina, 58, 20132, Milan Italy for the work on 'Molecular genetic analysis of early pregnancy loss'. Dr. Nair's past five years research has been focused, to understand the molecular genetics cause of early pregnancy loss. Dr. Nair, have published 15 papers in international journals like Fertility Sterility, Placenta, Journal of Reproductive Immunology, Reproductive Biomedicine Online and American Journal of Reproductive Biology.


 

Dr Suresh Yenugu

Year: 2011

ICMR Smt. Swaran Kanta Dingley Oration Award

The award for the year 2011 is being presented to Dr Suresh Yenugu, Lecturer, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad for the research work on 'Epigenetic regulation of antimicrobial gene expression in the male reproductive tract; modulators of epigenetic changes as potential molecules to enhance immune responses'. Dr Yenugu made significant contributions to the field of antimicrobial research to develop peptide antibiotics to treat sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), especially exploiting the antimicrobial proteins and peptides of the male reproductive tract. He demonstrated induction of these proteins during endotoxin challenge and their synergistic bacterial killing when used along with conventional antibiotics. Using molecular techniques he proved that antimicrobial gene expression in the male reproductive tract tissues was dependent on NF-kB activation and epigenetic modifications such as DNA methylation, histone methylation and histone acetylation. An important finding of his research is that inhibitors that favour DNA demethylation and histone acetylation enhanced antimicrobial gene expression, suggesting that these inhibitors can be used to strengthen immune responses. He is a recipient of NIH-Fogarty International Trainee award and DST Young Scientist award, DBT Overseas Associateship award, INSA Visiting Scientist award and serves as an academic editor for PLoS One. He has published over 40 research papers in international journals.


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Dr. D. S. Arya

Year: 2015

ICMR Chaturvedi Kalawati Jagmohan Das Memorial Award

The ICMR Chaturvedi Kalawati Jagmohan Das Memorial Award was instituted in 1975 by Dr. S. P. Chaturvedi in memory of his parents. This prize is awarded to a scientist for his/her work in the field of Cardiovascular Disease. The award for the year 2015 is being presented jointly to Dr. D. S. Arya, Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for the research work on 'Telmisartan, a dual ARB/partial PPAR-Gamma agonist, protects myocardium from ischaemic reperfusion injury in experimental diabetes'. Dr. Arya's research has depicted that telmisartan has a beneficial effect in cardiac I/R injury in diabetic rats in part because of activation of PPAR-Gamma . This could be highly beneficial as most diabetic patients with heart disease are on anti-hypertensives mainly ARBs due to side effects of ACE-I.


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Dr. D. S. Arya

Year: 2015

ICMR Chaturvedi Kalawati Jagmohan Das Memorial Award

The ICMR Chaturvedi Kalawati Jagmohan Das Memorial Award was instituted in 1975 by Dr. S. P. Chaturvedi in memory of his parents. This prize is awarded to a scientist for his/her work in the field of Cardiovascular Disease. The award for the year 2015 is being presented jointly to Dr. D. S. Arya, Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for the research work on 'Telmisartan, a dual ARB/partial PPAR-Gamma agonist, protects myocardium from ischaemic reperfusion injury in experimental diabetes'. Dr. Arya's research has depicted that telmisartan has a beneficial effect in cardiac I/R injury in diabetic rats in part because of activation of PPAR-Gamma . This could be highly beneficial as most diabetic patients with heart disease are on anti-hypertensives mainly ARBs due to side effects of ACE-I.


 

Dr. Akshya Kumar Bisoi

Year: 2015

ICMR Chaturvedi Kalawati Jagmohan Das Memorial Award

The ICMR Chaturvedi Kalawati Jagmohan Das Memorial Award was instituted in 1975 by Dr. S. P. Chaturvedi in memory of his parents. This prize is awarded to a scientist for his/her work in the field of Cardiovascular Disease. The award for the year 2015 is being presented jointly to Dr. Akshya Kumar Bisoi, Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for the research work on 'Arterial switch operation in transposition of great Arteries with intact ventricular septum - Going beyond boundary'. Dr. A.K. Bisoi has been working intensively on primary arterial switch operation for children with transposition of great arteries with regressed left ventricle. This work has redefined the concept of regression. Use of integrated-ECMO has expanded the safety and the scope of cardiac surgery for sick children with a weak heart.


 

Dr. Sangita Mukhopadhyay

Year: 2015

ICMR Chaturvedi Kalawati Jagmohan Das Memorial Award

The ICMR Chaturvedi Ghanshyam Das Jaigopal Das Memorial Award was instituted in 1985 by Dr. S. P. Chaturvedi in memory of his parents. This prize is awarded to a scientist for his/her work in the field of Immunology. The award for the year 2015 is being presented to Dr. Sangita Mukhopadhyay, Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad for the research work on 'Hijacking of macrophages immune responses by Mycobacterium tuberculosis: Translation to therapeutics'. Dr. Mukhopadhyay has identified how Mycobacterium tuberculosis suppress host protective T-cell responses by manipulating macrophage class-I antigen presentation and TLR2-LRR domain-specific regulation of cytokine signaling. These findings will be useful in development of therapeutics to boost up host-immune responses against tuberculosis.


 

Dr. Surjit Singh

Year: 2011

ICMR Chaturvedi Kalawati Jagmohan Das Memorial Award

The award for the year 2011 is being presented jointly to Dr. Surjit Singh, Professor of Paediatrics, Advanced Paediatrics Centre, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for the research work on 'Kawasaki Disease should be considered as an important cause of acquired heart disease in children in India'. Dr. Surjit Singh has been involved in the diagnosis, care and follow-up of children with Kawasaki Disease (KD). His follow-up studies have shown that KD can be associated with significant cardiovascular sequelae even in children who do not appear to have overt echo-cardiographic abnormalities during the acute stage.


 

Dr A. Rathinavel

Year: 2011

ICMR Chaturvedi Kalawati Jagmohan Das Memorial Award

The award for the year 2011 is being presented to Dr A. Rathinavel, Professor & Head, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Thanjavur Medical College, Thanjavur for the research work on 'Molecular cardiology'. Dr Rathinavel has made significant contributions in the field of molecular cardiology by identifying serum marker, which is present in all cardiac disease patients. Mice models of cardiac hypertrophy was tested and cardiac Marker182 kDa, cardiac isoform of alpha 2 macroglobulin was identified in all cardiac disease patients. He also contributed for circulating micro biome in cardiac disease patients and identified new DNA of bacteria in serum of cardiac disease especially in rheumatic fever patients. Dr Rathinavel has published 11 research papers in national and international journals.


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Dr. Subash Chandra Gupta

Year: 2015

Dr. Prem Nath Wahi Award

The Dr. Prem Nath Wahi Award was instituted in 1990 by (Late) Dr. P. N. Wahi, former DirectorGeneral, ICMR for significant contributions made by a scientist in the field of basic and/or clinical cytology and/or preventive oncology. The award for the year 2015 is being presented to Dr. Subash Chandra Gupta, Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Science,Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi for the research work on 'Characterization and therapeutic targeting of microenvironment for the prevention and treatment of cancer'. While working on this project, Dr. Gupta demonstrated that the acidic microenvironment contributes to cancer invasion and metastasis. He also targeted inflammatory molecules in tumor microenvironment for cancer therapy.


 

Dr. Priya Srinivas

Year: 2013

Dr. Prem Nath Wahi Award

The award for the year 2013 is being presented to Dr. Priya Srinivas, Cancer Research Program, 5, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thycaud P. O. Thiruvananthapuram for the research work on 'Preclinical evidence using plumbagin, an ROS inducer against BRCA1 mutated cancers'. Dr. Srinivas and her colleagues proved that a naphthaquinone derivative, plumbagin, isolated from Plumbago species of plants, shows targeted anticancer activity in breast cancer gene-1 (BRCA1) defective cancers. Along with reactive oxygen species (ROS) mediated DNA damage, plumbagin inhibits multiple tumourigenic pathways in DNA repair defective BRCA1 deficient cells, resulting in induction of apoptosis.


 

Dr Sunita Saxena

Year: 2011

Dr. Prem Nath Wahi Award

The award for the year 2011 is being jointly presented to Dr Sunita Saxena, Director, ICMR-National Institute of Pathology (ICMR), New Delhi for the research work on 'Genetic epidemiology and molecular carcinogenesis of tobacco associated cancers in North East region'. Dr Saxena is currently engaged in understanding molecular biology of tobacco associated cancers in North East (NE) region especially esophageal cancer and breast cancer. She has shown that molecular pathogenesis of esophageal cancer in high risk zone is different from low risk zone and identified molecular factors associated with familial clustering of this cancer in NE region. She has identified xenobiotic metabolism genes GST& EPHX1 and BRCA2 genes as significant risk factors for esophageal cancer which can be used for screening. The neuropeptidase Y and MAPK activity gene FGF12 and cytokeratin gene KRT4 may serve as important prognostic factors for both familial and non-familial esophageal cancer. Epigenetic studies demonstrated the role of PRMT1 and KAT8 genes in transition of low grade to high grade tumor formation and four genes TAC3, SERPINA4, TNFSF13B and IL22RA2 which encode circulatory proteins can serve as non-invasive biomarker for early detection as well as for chemotherapeutic efficacy assessment in esophageal cancer. She demonstrated betel quid chewing as significant and independent risk factor for breast cancer in NE region. In breast cancer she has established two breast cancer cell lines from primary tumors of young breast cancer patients to act as a tool to delineate the molecular carcinogenesis. Since most of the patients come to the hospital at advanced stage not amenable for surgery, she has been searching for biomarkers that predict response to neo adjuvant therapy and had shown that androgen receptor can act as an independent predictor for response to neo adjuvant therapy. Dr Saxena is recipient of Yamigawa-Yoshida Fellowship of UICC, and Novartis Oration award of ICMR and K.C. Basu Mullick award. She is also Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and Indian College of Pathologists. She has published over 100 papers in national and international peer reviewed journals.


 

Prof. Ravi Mehrotra

Year: 2011

Dr. Prem Nath Wahi Award

The award for the year 2011 is being jointly presented to Prof. Ravi Mehrotra, Scientist 'G' & Director, ICMR-Institute of Cytology and Preventive Oncology, Noida for the research work on 'The use of an oral brush biopsy without computer assisted analysis in the evaluation of oral lesions: A study of 94 patients'. Prof. Mehrotra has systematically explored oral cancer and precancer over the last two decades. His research emphasized the need for the early diagnosis and screening of cancer. He has done pioneering work to identify usefulness of appropriate non-invasive techniques like cytology, to make it analogous to the widely successful cervical cytology screening program in the West. His contribution to oral cancer diagnosis utilizing an easily available and inexpensive brush as a viable alternate to the commercial computerized analysis of oral cytology smears has been widely recognized. He has started community based cancer screening in Gautam Budh Nagar district of the State of Uttar Pradesh and also released the first India-specific cancer information web portal www.cancerindia.org.in for the public. Prof. Mehrotra is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, among others. He sits on the editorial board of more than 10 international peer-reviewed medical journals and has published over 125 research papers in various journals.


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Dr. Manoj Kumar Das

Year: 2015

Dr. M. O. T. IY Enga R Memorial Award

The Dr. M. O. T. Iyengar Memorial Award was instituted in 1983 by Smt. Rukmani Iyengar to honour a scientist for carrying out research in the field of malaria, filariasis, plague or medical entomology. The award for the year 2015 is being presented to Dr. Manoj Kumar Das, Scientist E & Officer-in-Charge, ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research, Field Unit, Ranchi for the research work on 'Improving malaria and filariasis control: A step towards malaria and filariasis elimination'. Dr. M. K. Das elucidated understanding of epidemiology and control of malaria and filariasis. He studied bio-ecology of vectors, antimalarial drug resistance and mapping of filariasis in Jharkhand. some of the pointer marks of Dr. Das's are reporting of Plasmodium knowlesi from Andaman Nicobar Islands and evaluation of Long Lasting Insecticide treated Nets leading to the development of novel vector control tools.


 

Dr. Ramesh Chand Dhiman

Year: 2015

Dr. M. O. T. IY Enga R Memorial Award

The award for the year 2013 is being presented to Dr. Ramesh Chand Dhiman, ICMRNational Institute of Malaria Research, New Delhi for the research work on 'Climate change impacts on malaria and tools for adaptation measures'. Dr. Dhiman is pioneer in assessing the impact of climate change on malaria and dengue in India and provided projected scenario of transmission windows by the year 2030. As adaptation measures, he has contributed for devising the tools of early warning of outbreaks of malaria using climatic parameters and space technology. Dr Dhiman has also contributed for PM's National Action Plan on Climate Change 2008 and generating documents for SEARO WHO.


 

Dr Neena Valecha

Year: 2011

Dr. M. O. T. IY Enga R Memorial Award

The award for the year 2011 is being presented to Dr Neena Valecha, Scientist G & Director, ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research, New Delhi for the research work on 'Operational research related to diagnosis and treatment of malaria'. Dr Valecha initiated model of nation wide sentinel system with National Vector Born Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) for monitoring of resistance across the country. Dr Valecha started programme for pharmacovigilance of anti-malarial medicines. Artemisinin monotherapy was banned in India on the evidence generated by her. She spearheaded the good clinical practice trials for malaria in India. Clinical trials conducted by Dr Valecha led to the introduction of antimalarials like alphabeta arteether in the national malaria control programme, the registration of a novel antimalarial bulaquine, fixed dose combinations artesunate mefloquine, artesunate amodiaquine, DHA piperaquine and arterolane piperaquine. In the field of malaria diagnostics, her work on evaluation led to the introduction of rapid diagnostic tests. She also introduced the quality assurance system of rapid diagnostic tests, and linked the laboratories to WHO. Dr Valecha has also been a lead investigator in mapping of efficacy of artemisin based combination therapy being used in the country, studies on treatment and prevention of malaria in pregnancy and disease burden of malaria in the country. She represents India in the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee of the Global Malaria Programme of the WHO, as also on the Technical Expert Group of WHO Treatment Guidelines for Malaria, Scientific Advisory Committee of the Worldwide Anti-malaria Resistant Network, Executive Committee of the Malaria in Pregnancy Consortium, etc. At the national level, Dr Valecha is the member of various committees such as the Core Committee to Develop the National List of Essential Medicines, Committee for Good Laboratory Practices of the Department of Science and Technology, In vitro Diagnostic Device Advisory Committee of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), NVBDCP's Expert Group on Chemotherapy, etc. Dr Valecha is a Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. She has published over 100 papers in national and international journals and also received various awards for her contributions to malaria research.


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Dr. Sunit Kumar Singh

Year: 2015

Dr. J. B. Srivastav Award

The Dr. M. O. T. Iyengar Memorial Award was instituted in 1983 by Smt. Rukmani Iyengar to honour a scientist for carrying out research in the field of malaria, filariasis, plague or medical entomology. The award for the year 2015 is being presented to Dr. Manoj Kumar Das, Scientist E & Officer-in-Charge, ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research, Field Unit, Ranchi for the research work on 'Improving malaria and filariasis control: A step towards malaria and filariasis elimination'. Dr. M. K. Das elucidated understanding of epidemiology and control of malaria and filariasis. He studied bio-ecology of vectors, antimalarial drug resistance and mapping of filariasis in Jharkhand. some of the pointer marks of Dr. Das's are reporting of Plasmodium knowlesi from Andaman Nicobar Islands and evaluation of Long Lasting Insecticide treated Nets leading to the development of novel vector control tools.


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Dr. Surender Singh

Year: 2015

Dr. D. N. Prasad Memorial Oration Award

The Dr. D. N. Prasad Memorial Oration Award was instituted in 1991 by Dr. G. V. Satyavati, former Director-General of ICMR. This prize is awarded to an Indian scientist for work in the field of pharmacology. The award for the year 2015 is being presented to Dr. Surender Singh, Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for the research work on 'Pharmacological validation of indigenous drugs used in inflammatory disorders'. Dr. Singh, is actively involved in teaching and research for over 25 years. He has to his credit 4 books, scientific series and over 100 research papers with total 2587 citations. He has made significant contributions in pharmacological validation of indigenous drugs used in inflammatory disorders.


 

Dr. Divya Vohora

Year: 2013

Dr. D. N. Prasad Memorial Oration Award

The award for the year 2013 is being presented to Dr. Divya Vohora, Department of Pharmacology, Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi for the research work on 'Antiepileptic drugsinduced bone disease: mechanisms involved and preventive/treatment strategies in animal models' and 'Investigation on some novel drugs in murine models of epilepsy and co-morbid conditions'. Dr. Vohora contributed innovative insights into epilepsy associated complications. Her work is instrumental in developing mouse models of antiepileptic drugs-induced osteoporosis and demonstrating the role of anti-osteoporotic agents in preventing or mitigating the same. In addition, her research provided evidence for antiepileptic actions of medroxy-progesterone and N-acetylcysteine and managing obsessive compulsive disorder by an antiepileptic drug.


 

Dr Shyam S. Sharma

Year: 2011

Dr. D. N. Prasad Memorial Oration Award

The award for the year 2011 is being presented to Dr Shyam S. Sharma, Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Mohali, for the research work on 'Elucidation of involvement of peroxynitrite - PARP pathway in diabetic neuropathy using pharmacological approach'. Prof. Sharma's research demonstrated the involvement of oxidative- nitrosative stress and poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) pathway in diabetic neuropathy (DN). He evaluated the potential of pharmacological interventions targeted at oxidative/nitrosative stress and PARP in experimental DN. Neuroprotective effect of these interventions was associated with improvement in motor nerve conduction velocity & nerve blood flow and reduction in nociception, oxidative stress, NAD plus depletion and apoptosis. To prove the effect of simultaneous inhibition of nitrosative stress - PARP pathways, the effect of combination of a peroxynitrite decomposition catalyst (PDC), and a PARP inhibitor was investigated in DN. Enhanced neuroprotection was observed with combining these two interventions. Overall his findings provided a better insight into the role played by oxidative/nitrosative stress-PARP cascade in the development of various biochemical deficits and nerve dysfunctions in diabetic neuropathy and suggested that simultaneous targeting of these pathways can offer a good approach for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy. Prof. Sharma is recipient of ICMR Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize 2006, OPPI Scientist Award 2012, CDRI Oration Award & PP Suryakumari Prize of Indian Pharmacological Society. He is a Fellow of the Indian Pharmacological Society. Dr Sharma has more than 100 publications in national and international journals.


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Dr. Shyam Sundar

Year: 2015

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Centenary Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research

The Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Centenary Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research was instituted in the year 1991-92 as part of the Dr. Ambedkar Birth Centenary celebrations. It is awarded to a scientist for excellence in any field of biomedical research. The award for the year 2015 is being presented to Dr. Shyam Sundar, Department of Medicine, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi for the work on 'Treatment of visceral leishmaniasis'. Prof. Sundar developed first oral antileishmanial drug 'miltefosine' which was used extensively in the control programme . His work with single dose liposomal amphotericin B, is a major breakthrough in the treatment of kala-azar, now being used widely in the programme. His pioneering work on rK39 rapid test resulted in its global application.


 

Dr. V. Mohan

Year: 2013

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Centenary Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research

The award for the year 2013 is being presented to Dr. V. Mohan, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation & Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Specialities Centre, Chennai. Dr. Mohan's work on Fibro-Calculous Pancreatic Diabetes (FCPD), Asian-Indian Phenotype, Genomics of Diabetes and Epidemiology of Diabetes have put India on the world map of diabetes research. He established the criteria for FCPD and its natural history. His team also produced the 'high fibre white rice'.


 

Dr Seyed E. Hasnain

Year: 2011

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Centenary Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research

The award for the year 2011 is being jointly presented to Dr Seyed E. Hasnain, Professor, Kusuma School of Biological Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, New Delhi. Professor Hasnain is a scientist, institution builder, policy maker and an administrator. Recognized internationally for his outstanding accomplishments in biomedical sciences notably for his contributions to molecular infection biology and epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the TB causing bacterium. Prof Hasnain has 250 publications in peer-reviewed journals of high impact, and over dozen patents to his credit. He has mentored -100 PhD, MD and Post Doctoral students. In recognitions of his contributions to TB, the Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, selected him as a Robert Koch Fellow (2008). The Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation in Germany conferred on him Humboldt Research Prize (2008). The Queens University, Belfast, UK conferred on Prof. Hasnain the Honorary Doctorate of Medical Sciences (2011). The German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina elected him as a Member. Upon his return to India in 1987, Prof. Hasnain joined the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi and in 1999 moved to Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad as its first Director. In 2005, he was invited as the Vice Chancellor of University of Hyderabad (UoH) and during his tenure, UoH was established as the top ranking University of India. A recipient of Padma Shri, Prof. Hasnain also received Germany's Highest Civilian Award - The Order of Merit (Das Verdienstkreuz, 1.Klasse). The prestigious American Academy of Microbiology, USA recently elected him as a Fellow. Recipient of many prestigious national awards, e.g. G.D. Birla Award, CSIR's Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, Ranbaxy Research Award, Goyal Award, FICCI Award, JC Bose National Fellowship, etc. , he is a Fellow of TWAS (Trieste, Italy) and all the major Science Academies of India and was a Member (2004-2014) of the Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (SAC-PM) and Scientific Advisory Committee to the Union Cabinet.


 

Prof. N. K. Mehra

Year: 2011

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Centenary Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research

The award for the year 2011 is being jointly presented to Prof. N.K. Mehra, Professor & Head, Department of Transplant Immunology and Immunogenetics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. Prof Mehra is the former Dean (Research) of the AIIMS, New Delhi and currently serves as the Dr C. G. Pandit National Chair. Prof. Mehra established the specialty of Transplant Immunology and Clinical Immunogenetics in India, a world-class facility in the leading medical institution of the country. He has made several seminal contributions on the immunogenetic aspects of mycobacterial, autoimmune and rheumatologic diseases leading to a better understanding of their molecular basis of susceptibility. He provided evidence to suggest that specific major histocompatibility complex (MHC) phenotypes play a critical role in the development of infection in drug resistant forms of pulmonary TB by inducing anergy-unresponsiveness to Mycobacterium tuberculosis leading to spurt in bacillary population similar to the situation in lepromatous leprosy. He launched a major program in molecular medicine and HIV research with focus on studying genetic polymorphism on a host of immunomodulatory genes. Further his group successfully defined immune mediators in organ and haematopoietic stem cell transplantation and demonstrated that development of not only donor specific anti human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies, but those directed against non HLA targets like the MICA on endothelial cells have an overriding influence on renal allograft survival. His studies on the genome diversity of HLA led to the discovery of several novel HLA alleles and unique haplotypes in the Indian population and this information is important for the 'Asian Indian Donor Marrow Registry (AIDMR)', that he established in India and which has proved valuable in the area of haematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Prof. Mehra is a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences India, Allahabad and 'member honoris causa' of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has published more than 450 research papers in national and international journals.


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Dr. Ruchi Singh

Year: 2015

Major General Saheb Singh Sokhey Award

The Major General Saheb Singh Sokhey award was instituted in 1988 in accordance with the will of Major General Saheb Singh Sokhey and is granted to a scientist for his outstanding contributions in the field of communicable diseases, significantly adding to the existing knowledge in the field. The award for 2015 is being presented to Dr. Ruchi Singh, ICMR-National Institute of Pathology, New Delhi for the research work on 'Studies on novel methods of diagnosis and mechanism of drug resistance in malaria and kala-azar'. Dr. Ruchi Singh has developed rapid molecular assays for saliva based non invasive diagnosis of Plasmodium infection. Her work on drug resistance in leishmaniasis has demonstrated the parasitic factors involved in drug resistance and led to identification of biomarkers for antimony resistance in kala-azar.


 

Dr. Anupkumar Anvikar

Year: 2013

Major General Saheb Singh Sokhey Award

The award for 2013 is being presented to Dr Anupkumar Anvikar, ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research, New Delhi for the research work on 'Improving malaria diagnosis and treatment- A step towards malaria elimination'. Dr. Anvikar's work has revolved around improving malaria diagnosis and treatment. He heads WHO recognized 'malaria diagnostics lot testing laboratory' and also looks after quality assurance of malaria diagnostics in national programme. He reported Plasmodium falciparum histidin rich protein-2 (PfHRP2) deletions from India, which has impact on malaria diagnosis. Clinical trials conducted by him helped in improving malaria treatment, while pharmaco-vigilance studies generated data on safety of antimalarials.


 

Dr Avinash Sonawane

Year: 2011

Major General Saheb Singh Sokhey Award

The award for 2011 is being jointly presented to Dr Avinash Sonawane, Associate Professor, School of Biotechnology, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar for the research work on 'Development of combinational antimicrobial peptide based therapy for the treatment of tuberculosis'. Dr Sonawane's work is focused on the identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis glycoproteins as potential drug and vaccine targets, and to study the role of endogenously expressed antimicrobial peptides in antimycobacterial cellular immunity. The research work led to the identification of novel glycoproteins responsible for initiation of TB infection process and evasion of host cell innate immune responses. His work has shown that some of these glycoproteins can be used as drug and vaccine targets. To improve the therapy against tuberculosis he has synthesized new derivatives of endogenously expressed antimicrobial peptides using peptide engineering approach. These peptide derivatives are significantly more active, stable, and short as compared to parental peptides. These derivatives in combination with conventional antiTB drugs showed significantly higher my cobactericidal activity. To improve anti-TB drug delivery he has developed a quantum dot and nanoparticle based technology. Using this technology, he has shown that peptides and anti-TB composite molecules can be effectively delivered to my cobacterial niche inside the macrophages causing effective killing of intracellular my cobacteria. Dr Sonawane has been awarded with EMBO Fellowship, Swiss National Science Fellowship, Swedish Institute Fellowship and Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship for his contributions in the field of tuberculosis. He has published over 30 research papers in national and international journals. He has also filed one patent.


 

Dr Simanti Datta

Year: 2011

Major General Saheb Singh Sokhey Award

The award for 2011 is being jointly presented to Dr Simanti Datta, Assistant Professor, Centre for Liver Research, School of Digestive and Liver Disease, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research, Kolkata for the research work on 'Studies on molecular mechanisms-particularly the hostvirus interactions in hepatitis B virus related liver disease'. Dr Datta's research work is focused on viral hepatitis particularly that is caused by hepatitis B virus (HBV) and encompasses basic virology of HBV, molecular pathogenesis of hepatitis B as well as anti-HBV therapy and management of antiviral drug resistance. The important contributions included identification of potential viral biomarkers for predicting the prognosis of hepatitis B e-antigen-negative chronic infection, proposing a new sub-genotype of HBV genotype D, studying the prevalence and distinctiveness of HBV in primitive tribal communities of India and determining the predictors of death and clinical events in HBV-related decompensated cirrhotic patients based on a retrospective-prospective inception cohort design. She has made significant contribution towards understanding the genetic diversity and pathogenic potentials of Indian Helicobacter pylori strains are a major cause of peptic ulcer disease and an early risk factor for gastric cancer. In addition, she was also involved in the development of a new genetic engineering technology, called recombineering that would facilitate rapid and precise in vivo genetic engineering in a wide range of bacteria including pathogenic Escherichia coli, Vibrio cholera, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, etc. Dr Datta has published over 30 research papers in national and international journals. She holds three U.S. patents and had received the Technology Transfer Award-2004 from the Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, USA.


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Dr. Urvakhsh M. Mehta

Year: 2015

ICMR Tilak Venkoba Rao Award

The ICMR Tilak Venkoba Rao Award was instituted by the ICMR in 1982 for scientists who have contributed significantly to field of Psychological Medicine or Reproductive Physiology on alternate year and this year the Award is granted for the work carried out in field of Psychological Medicine. The prize for 2015 is being presented to Dr. Urvakhsh M. Mehta, Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-sciences, Bengaluru for the research work on 'Social neuroscience based understanding of schizophrenia and its translational implications'. Dr. Mehta has studied the neurobiological basis of schizophrenia from a social neuroscience perspective, combining novel assessments of social cognition with cutting-edge neuroscience tools like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Magnetic Resonance Imaging, to link important social brain subsystems like the mirror neuron system to social cognition and other symptoms of schizophrenia.


 

Dr Ravi Kumar Gutti

Year: 2012

ICMR Tilak Venkoba Rao Award

The award for the year 2012 is being presented to Dr Ravi Kumar Gutti, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad for the research work on 'Gonadotropinregulated testicular helicase (GRTH-DDX25)- a master post-transcriptional regulator of spermatogenesis'. In the area of male infertility, Dr Gutti's work is focused on molecular regulation of male sterility. He found that GRTHlDdx25, a DEAD box RNA helicase, is essential for maturation of sperm. The relevance of GRTH in human spermatogenesis was determined in clinical samples and a GRTH gene mutation at G727 A was found to be involved in male infertility. His group has also characterized the cellular localization and nature of GRTH species, and is currently dissecting their function and further the nature of their post-translational modifications. The results show that GRTH functions as a component of mRNP particles and it participates in gene specific mRNA export, protein translation, storage and regulation during sperm maturation. Dr Gutti is also a recipient of the DBTs Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award. He has published 16 papers in national and international journals. He received international awards such as NIH Fogarty fellowship, Sigma-Aldrich award and ASBMB award.


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Dr. Nisha Singh

Year: 2015

ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research for Scientists Belonging to Under-Privileged Communities

The ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research for Scientists belonging to Underprivileged Communities was instituted by the ICMR in 1983 for scientists who belong to under privileged communities and have contributed significantly to any field of biomedical sciences. The prize for 2015 is being presented to Dr. Nisha Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, School of Life Sciences, H. N. B. Garhwal University, Srinagar (Garhwal) Uttarakhand, for her research work on 'Identification of TLR inducing Th1-responsive Leishmania donovani amastigote-specific antigens'. Dr. Singh has identified antigens (65 and 98 kDa) having IL-12-inducing properties which proves to be quite useful to boost both innate and adaptive immunity against leishmanial infections. Dr. Singh's work has thus provided vital insights in the development of the prophylactic and preventive vaccine candidates for Leishmaniasis.


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Dr. Nisha Singh

Year: 2015

ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research for Scientists Belonging to Under-Privileged Communities

The ICMR Prize for Biomedical Research for Scientists belonging to Underprivileged Communities was instituted by the ICMR in 1983 for scientists who belong to under privileged communities and have contributed significantly to any field of biomedical sciences. The prize for 2015 is being presented to Dr. Nisha Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, School of Life Sciences, H. N. B. Garhwal University, Srinagar (Garhwal) Uttarakhand, for her research work on 'Identification of TLR inducing Th1-responsive Leishmania donovani amastigote-specific antigens'. Dr. Singh has identified antigens (65 and 98 kDa) having IL-12-inducing properties which proves to be quite useful to boost both innate and adaptive immunity against leishmanial infections. Dr. Singh's work has thus provided vital insights in the development of the prophylactic and preventive vaccine candidates for Leishmaniasis.


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Dr. Jhuma Sankar

Year: 2015

Dr. H. B. Dingley Memorial Award (Paediatrics)

Dr. H. B. Dingley Memorial Award was instituted in 1988 by Smt. Deepika Kumar in memory of her father, (Late) Dr. H. B. Dingley. This prize is awarded to an Indian scientist for outstanding contribution in the field of Paediatrics. The award for the year 2015 is being presented to Dr. Jhuma Sankar, Division of Paediatric Pulmonology and Critical Care, Department of Pediatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for the work on 'Early goal directed therapy in paediatric septic shock- Comparison of outcome with and without intermittent superior venacaval oxygen saturation monitoring- a prospective cohort study'. Dr. Sankar's work focuses on goal directed therapy in paediatric septic shock, a condition with high mortality rates - up to 50 - in most units in India. By using the 'Early Goal Directed Therapy' (EGDT) protocol, Dr. Sankar could demonstrate about 40 reduction in the mortality rates in these children. This relatively simple and timely intervention could save many lives of poor and vulnerable children with septic shock admitted in hospitals across the country.


 

Dr. Jitendra Kumar Sahu

Year: 2014

Dr. H. B. Dingley Memorial Award (Paediatrics)

The award for the year 2014 is being presented to Dr. Jitendra Kumar Sahu, Department of Paediatrics, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for the work on 'Paediatric neurology research'. Dr. Sahu's research work on effectiveness and safety of donepezil in boys with fragile X syndrome was published as a double-blind, randomized study. His research work on children with epilepsy receiving long-term valproate monotherapy demonstrated high prevalence of subclinical hypothyroidism and advocated the need of its monitoring.


 

Dr Deepak Bansal

Year: 2011

Dr. H. B. Dingley Memorial Award (Paediatrics)

The award for the year 2011 is being jointly presented to Dr Deepak Bansal, Additional Professor, Pediatric Hematology Oncology Unit, Department of Pediatrics, Advanced Paediatrics Centre, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for the research work on 'Outcome of chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) in children'. There is paucity of data on the long-term outcome and the probability of remission in chronic ITP. Dr Bansal provided evidence favouring conservative management over drug therapy for chronic ITP in children. The predicted spontaneous remission rate with chronic ITP was 30 and 44 per cent at five and 10 years, respectively. Platelet count at diagnosis and the treatment administered did not influence remission outcomes. He showed that all children who had intracranial haemorrhage had severe thrombocytopaenia. The converse was, however, not true, that is, majority of children who had severe thrombocytopaenia had mild bleeds. The study provided evidence that the administration of long-term steroids and other immunosuppressive agents to all children with chronic ITP is unnecessary. It proved that children with chronic ITP have a reasonable chance of spontaneous remission. Dr Bansal has published 100 indexed publications in the field of paediatric hematology-oncology. He was awarded a citation and gold medal by Govt. of Punjab in recognition of his work in the field of oncology in 2005.


 

Dr Niraj Kumar Srivastava

Year: 2011

Dr. H. B. Dingley Memorial Award (Paediatrics)

The award for the year 2011 is being jointly presented to Dr Niraj Kumar Srivastava, Scientific Pool Officer, Neurobiology Laboratory, School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, for the research work on 'High resolution NMR based analysis of serum lipids in Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients and its possible diagnostic significance'. Dr Srivastava has made significant contributions to the field of 'muscular dystrophy' and 'brain tumour'. He performed the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy based lipid analysis in serum of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Proton NMR spectroscopy based quantitative comparison of serum lipid components, i.e. triglycerides, phospholipids, free cholesterol, cholesterol ester and total cholesterol showed no significant difference between positive and negative gene deletion in case of DMD patients. Lipid profile of the serum provides the consistent high levels of phospholipids and high phospholipids to cholesterol ratio that distinguishes DMD patients from healthy subjects. NMR spectroscopy based analysis of lipid constituents of the serum may cross the present barrier of gene mutation analysis and provide an efficient alternative diagnostic method of DMD. He also performed the NMR spectroscopy based investigation of brain tumours. NMR spectroscopy based lipid profiling of tissue, serum, and CSF of patients with primary brain tumours opens a new window into the differentiation and characterization of different types and grades of tumours. He has published six research papers in national and international journals including a book chapter.


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Dr. Subbarao M Gavaravarapu

Year: 2014

Dr. V. N. Patwardhan Prize

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 ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition, 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 2014 is being presented to Dr. G.M. SubbaRao, ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad for the research work on 'Nutrition communication and social and behavioral aspects in food safety'. Dr. SubbaRao demonstrated the usefulness of unconventional media and methods using normative social cognitive approaches. Employing qualitative social science techniques, his research also examined knowledge, perceptions and behavioral aspects affecting food safety at household level. He has been strongly arguing to revisit the global/local food safety policies to include a gamut of social, behavioral, cultural aspects that make the enabling environment.


 

Dr Kotamballi N Chidambara Murthy

Year: 2012

Dr. V. N. Patwardhan Prize

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.


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Dr. Beenu Joshi

Year: 2014

Jalma Trust Fund Oration Award (Leprosy)

The JALMA Trust Fund Oration Award for Leprosy and Other Mycobacterial Diseases was instituted by National JALMA institute for Leprosy & Other Mycobacterial Diseases, Agra for scientists who have contributed significantly in the field of leprosy and other mycobacterial diseases. The prize for year 2014 is being presented to Dr. Beenu Joshi, ICMR-National JALMA Institute for Leprosy & Other Mycobacterial Diseases, Agra for the research work on 'Unravelling the mechanism of T cell unresponsiveness in leprosy and TB, search for new antigens for the diagnosis and vaccine candidate for TB'. Research work of Dr. Beenu Joshi revealed mechanism of T cell activation leading to unresponsiveness and role of calcium signalling and MAP kinase pathways in the survival of bacteria and disease pathogenesis in TB and leprosy. For TB diagnosis, Ag85c antigen was noted to have diagnostic potential for paediatric TB. Certain proteins in Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates were shown with increased intensity which could prove important for TB diagnosis or as vaccine candidate(s).


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Dr. Nooruddin Khan

Year: 2013

ICMR Chaturvedi Ghanshyam Das Jaigopal Memorial Award

The ICMR Chaturvedi Ghanshyam Jaigopal Memorial Award was instituted in 1985 by Dr S. P. Chaturvedi in memory of his parents. This prize is awarded to a scientist for his/her work in the field of Immunology. The award for the year 2013 is being presented to Dr. Nooruddin Khan, Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad for the research work on 'Nutrient sensing and its implications on vaccine-induced protective immunity'. The work of Dr. Khan involves understanding the regulatory mechanisms through which immune cells sense and respond to the conditions of nutrient restriction. The finding suggests that activation of nutrient sensing pathway during amino acid starvation triggers homeostatic processes that elicit anti-viral properties to Flavi-viruses as well provide protection from inflammation associated pathologies during inflammatory bowel disease.


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Dr. Naga Suresh Veerapu

Year: 2013

Dr. J. B. Srivastv Oration Award

The Dr J. B. Srivastav Oration Award was instituted in 1978 by Mrs. J. Srivastav in 1978, in memory of her husband Dr J. B. Srivastav, former Director-General of Health Services. It is an award for the work carried out by a scientist in the field of virology. The award for the year 2013 is being presented to Dr Naga Suresh Veerapu, Department of Life Sciences, Shiv Nadar University, Gautam Buddha Nagar for the research work on 'Sporadically reappeared trace amounts of HCV RNA after successful therapy can cause infection'. Dr. Veerapu's work demonstrated that after treating the chronic hepatitis C patients and achieving 60 per cent of sustained virological response (SVR), about 12 per cent of patients had circulating hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA, suggesting absence of 'virologic cure' in few patients. His work showed that one chimpanzee developed chronic infection from the trace amount of HCV RNA recovered from one SVR patient exhibiting the potential danger posed by low level of circulating HCV RNAs in treated HCV patients.


 

Dr Anirban Basu

Year: 2011

Dr. J. B. Srivastv Oration Award

The award for the year 2011 is being presented to Dr Anirban Basu, Scientist-5, National Brain Research Center, Manesar, for the research work on 'Host pathogen interaction in Japanese encephalitis virus infection from neuropathology to therapeutics intervention'. Dr Basu's research is focused on identifying the role of microglia in the healthy and diseased central nervous system, with specific reference to CNS infections, and neurodegenerative diseases. His Group is testing strategies to develop disease modifying therapy by abrogating inflammation in CNS disorders Moreover, his research significantly contributed to the development of a novel therapeutic strategy in the pathogenesis of Japanese encephalitis and other viral encephalitis. He is a recipient of National Bioscience Award for Career Development (2010), Vasvik Industrial Research Award (2011), Rajib Goyal Prize (2012-13), NASIReliance Industries Platinum Jubilee Award (2013). He has also been awarded Tata Innovation Fellowship (2015) from the Department of Biotechnology. He is also Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad. Dr Basu sits on the editorial board of six international peer reviewed journals. He is also a faculty member in the Faculty of 1000 in the section Neurological Disorders. He has published over 84 research papers in national and international journals.


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Dr Pragya Dhruv Yadav

Year: 2012

Dr. T. Ramachandra Rao Award (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.


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Dr Ashish Goel

Year: 2014

Dr. Dharamvir Datta Memorial Oration Award

The Dr Dharamvir Datta Memorial Oration Award Instituted by Dr Usha Datta, in memory of her husband, late Dr Dharamvir Datta, former Head of the Department of Hepatology, PGIMER, Chandigarh. It is awarded to a scientist (medical or non-medical) for work carried out over the last five years in the field of Liver Diseases in India. The award for the year 2012 is being presented to Dr Ashish Goel, Associate Professor , Department of Hepatology, Christian Medical College, Vellore for the research work on 'Pregnancy related liver disorders and portal hypertension'. Acute fatty liver of pregnancy, a serious disorder of the late pregnancy, is a cause of maternal death in pregnant women in India. Dr Goel and his colleagues have expanded the knowledge regarding the epidemiology, pathogenesis and optimal management of these difficult to recognize and treat patients. Through his research, he and his team have explored the magnitude of this problem in India, attempted to simplify the diagnostic criteria for use in resource constrained settings, and also provided an easy to use treatment algorithm for this disorder. Various mechanisms of pathogenesis have also been explored. The research in this area has global relevance and the consequent decrease in maternal mortality achieved over the years in their centre needs to be replicated in other centres across India. In the field of portal hypertension, he and his colleagues have focused on an 'Indian' disease of 'non-cirrhotic intrahepatic portal hypertension (NCIPH)'. Through their studies, the extent of this problem in India was delineated. Various studies exploring the diagnosis and pathogenesis of this disease have expanded the knowledge base in this area. Their studies on the role of gut inflammation and endothelial activation in the pathogenesis of NClPH, are likely to impact the management of this disease. In recognition of his research work, as a young scientist in the field of gastroenterology, Indian Society of Gastroenterology awarded him ISG Om Prakash Memorial Award - 2013. He has published 19 papers in national and international journals.


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Dr Indira Hinduja

Year: 2012

Dr Subhas Mukherjee Award

Dr Subhas Mukherjee Award was Instituted by ICMR in the year 2012 in the memory of Dr Subhas Mukherjee. This award is granted to a scientist for outstanding contributions, in the field of assisted reproductive technology, reproductive biology & endocrinology and reproductive health in general. The award for the year 2012 is being presented to Dr Indira Hinduja, Honorary Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Department of Obstertrics & Gynaecology, Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre, Mumbai for the research work on 'Assisted reproductive technologies'. 1991, respectively. She has collaborated with a group at ICMR-NIRRH, Mumbai and two stem cell lines KIND 1 and KIND 2 are now available to the Indian scientific community. Therapeutic cloning or SCNT and is involved in an ongoing research on a novel population of pluripotent stem cells in adult ovary termed very small embryonic - like stem cells (VSEL), possible to obtain gametes in near future and may benefit many infertile couples. Beginning with trying to decipher the cause of infertility, her group undertook genetic studies by performing blood karyotyping and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) in sperm sample in infertile men and also correlated the genetic defect with ART outcome. Another study with group of ICMR-NIRRH has shown that progesterone receptor gene variations are not associated with male infertility and the PROGINS polymorphism has no association with fertilization, embryonic growth or pregnancy rates in ART program. Her proteomics study to understand sperm motility led to the study of proteins like Centrin, Tekin and CatSper which were associated with low sperm motility and poor ART outcome. She has 110 scientific publications in the field of reproductive biology. Dr Indira Hinduja is the recipient of numerous awards, notably among them are the 'Padma Shri' (2011), 'The Dhanvantri Award' (2000), The Young Indian Award in (1987), The Rotary International Public Vocational Excellence Trophy (1994), and EWA (Exceptional Women Achiever's Award) (2014).