Four PGI docs set to receive ICMR awards
Four PGIMER doctors have been selected for the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) awards.

Dr Sanjay Bhadada from the department of endocrinology has been selected for Dr Kunti and Om Prakash Oration award for his seminal work on primary hyperparathyroidism. Dr Bhadada has been working on various aspects of primary hyperparathyroidism for the last 15 years. He also made a national online registry of primary hyperparathyroidism and rare metabolic bone disease registry.

Prof B C Srivastava Foundation award is being felicitated to additional professor of health economics, department of community medicine and school of public health, Dr Shankar Prinja. His main research interests involve economic evaluation of health care interventions and programmes, costing of health care services and analyzing the impact of health financing policies in the context of universal health coverage. He is a member of several high-level policy groups, including the subgroups of prime minister’s economic advisory council.

Dr P N Raju Oration award would be given to community medicine additional professor Dr Ravindra Khaiwal, who has been leading research in the area of environmental health at the department of community medicine and school of public health, PGI, Chandigarh. The research conducted by Dr Khaiwal focused on better understanding of environmental pollution and exposure to minimize the adverse health impact on the general public. He also developed an exposure index for health risk assessment and identified barriers for cleaner alternatives, proposed sustainable model for pollution mitigation and climate change adaptation.

Dr Amit Rawat, a professor of pediatric allergy and immunology at the department of pediatrics, will be the recipient of the B G R C Silver Jubilee Oration Award 2018 from ICMR for his research work on primary immunodeficiency diseases. Primary immunodeficiency diseases, also referred to as inborn errors of immunity, are a heterogeneous group of genetic defects involving different components of the adaptive and innate immune system. Dr Rawat is an investigator in the department of health research and ICMR-sponsored centre of advanced research in primary immunodeficiency at the department of pediatrics. He is the first to describe early complement defects in a pediatric cohort of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) from India.

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