Ranbaxy Science Foundation awards deserving scientists, young science scholars
Ranbaxy Science Foundation (RSF), a non-profit organisation set-up by Ranbaxy
Laboratories Limited (RLL), recently announced it's XXII Annual Research Awards
2009 to Indian scientists in recognition of their outstanding research contributions
made in the fields of medical and pharmaceutical sciences. The Foundation also
announced its IV Annual Science Scholar Awards to the young and brilliant upcoming
new generation of scientists. The Awards were presented by renowned pharmaceutical
scientist Dr. Hiroyuki Koike, Corporate Fellow, R&D Division, Daiichi Sankyo,
Japan, at a special function held at the National Institute of Immunology, New
Delhi. Three scientists and four science scholars were honoured with the awards.
Ranbaxy Research Awards 2009
Ranbaxy Research Awardees2009 along with Chief Guest and Governing
Council (GC) Members. From left: Prof. P N Tandon (GC Member), Dr Tsutomu
Une (GC Member), Prof Sharad Kumar, Dr Hiroyuki Koike (Chief Guest), Dr
Vijay K Kuchroo, Dr S Chandrasekhar, Dr O P Sood (GC Member) and Prof N
K Mehra (Jury Member).
In the Medical Sciences - Basic Research category, the award
went to Professor Sharad Kumar MSc, PhD Co-Director, Centre for Cancer Biology,
National Health and Medical Research Council, (NHMRC) - Senior Principal Research
Fellow, Head, Molecular Regulation Laboratory, Affiliate Professor of Medicine,
University of Adelaide, Department of Hematology, SA Pathology, Frome Road,
Adelaide, SA, Australia, for his seminal contributions to the understanding
of programmed cell death and the regulation of protein function by ubiquitination.
In the Medical Sciences - Medical Research category the award
went to Vijay K. Kuchroo, D.V.M., Ph.D. Samuel L. Wasserstrom Professor of Neurology,
Center for Neurologic Diseases, Harvard Medical School, Boston, US, for his
pioneering discovery of a new subset of T cells called Th17 cell, which play
a crucial role in inducing autoimmune diseases such as Psoriasis, Inflammatory
Bowel Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).
In the Pharmaceutical Sciences category Dr S Chandrasekhar, FNASc Scientist
G, Organic Chemistry Division I, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad,
India, received the award for his significant contributions in diverse areas
of organic synthesis with relevance to medicinal chemistry especially in chiral
chemistry and total synthesis of biologically active natural products with architectural
Ranbaxy Science Scholars-2010
Ranbaxy Science Scholars-2010 along with Chief Guest and Governing Council
(GC) Members. From left: Prof PN Tandon (GC Member), Dr Tsutomu Une (GC
Member), the mother of one of the Science Scholars who could not attend
the function, Lokesh Kumar, Abhinav Agarwal, Dr Hiroyuki Koike (Chief Guest),
Abitha Sukumaran, Dr O P Sood (GC Member) and Prof NK Mehra (Jury Member).
Awards in the Medical Sciences category saw recepients from
different universities/ colleges like Abitha Sukumaran Senior Research Fellow,
Department of Biochemistry, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India, for her
research work in the area of pathogenesis of anaemia of inflammation (AI).
Pragyan Acharya, Department of Biochemistry, Indian Institute
of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, got the award for her research work
in the area of clinical proteomics of the major human malaria parasites Plasmodium
falciparum and Plasmodium vivax.
Lokesh Kumar, PhD Scholar, Department of Pharmaceutics, National Institute
of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Mohali, Punjab India, was
also chosen for the award for his research work in the area of optimisation
of biopharmaceutical properties of drug substances by salt formation.
Abhinav Agarwal, Senior Research Fellow, Pharmaceutics Research Lab., Department
of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr H S Gour University, Sagar, India, received award
for his research work in the area of carbohydrate complexed polymeric nanoconstructs
for delivery of an anti-cancer drug.
Koike also delivered a public lecture on the topic "Excess of sodium is
the primary culprit in hypertension" which was of great interest to the
Earlier during the day, the RSF organised its XVII Annual
Symposium on "New Frontiers in Drug Design, Discovery and Development"
with Koike as the Chief Guest and keynote speaker. Eminent scientists from India
and abroad deliberated on all aspects of R&D to address major specific issues
relevant to the discovery and development of drugs in India.