Updated on 25 March 2014
Medical Sciences - Medical Research: The Award was jointly shared by Prof. Kanjaksha Ghosh, Director, National Institute of Immunohaematology, Mumbai and Prof. Saumitra Das, Professor, Department of Microbiology & Cell Biology, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Prof. Ghosh received the award for his significant contribution in understanding and economic management of congenital bleeding disorders. Prof. Das received the award for his outstanding contribution towards developing novel antiviral agents against Hepatitis C virus.
Medical Sciences - Clinical Research: Prof. Parmjeet Randhawa, Professor of Pathology, Division of Transplant Pathology, University of Pittsburgh, USA was bestowed with the Award for recognising BK virus nephropathy masquerading as rejection in the era of modern immunosuppression. BK virus PCR initially developed for research is now a routine diagnostic and screening tool.
Pharmaceutical Sciences: Prof. Sandeep Verma, Shri Deva Raj Chair Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, UP was given the award for outstanding contribution in creating novel, self-assembling peptide scaffolds to mimic aggregation of amyloidogenic proteins and for using them as screens to discover inhibitors of these processes.
The Science Scholar Awards in the field of Bio-Medical Sciences were given to Kumar Somyajit, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; Priyanka P. Trivedi, Ph.D. Scholar, Facility for Risk Assessment & Intervention Studies, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, NIPER, Punjab; Pushpa Mishra, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. In the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Awards were given to Priyanka Shreekrishna Gokhale, PhD Student, Department of Infectious Diseases Biology, National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Mumbai and Chetan Prakash Yewale, Senior Research Fellow, Pharmacy Department, Faculty of Technology and Engineering, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.
Earlier during the day, Ranbaxy Science Foundation organised its 20th Annual Symposium on "Regenerative Medicine - Current and Future Perspectives" in association with the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi. The Chief Guest, Dr. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India delivered the inaugural address followed by the key note address by Prof. Pierre Alain Clavien. Eminent scientists from India and abroad participated in the symposium and deliberated on the recent advances in regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy and its recent applications in various disease areas such as kidney disorders, type II diabetes mellitus, neuronal disorder, ocular disorders, liver injury, cardiac disorders etc.