Thursday, December 9, 2010


Dr .V. Mohan and their colleagues at Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre (DMDSC) and Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) honoured outstanding physicians and scientists for their contributions in the field of diabetes on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 at Chennai.
17th Dr Mohan’s DSC Gold Medal Oration Award & Distinguished Scientist Award conferred on Prof Allan Vaag
Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre (DMDSC) Scientific Committee selected Prof.Allan Vaag, Professor and Chief Physician, Steno Diabetes Centre, Denmark for the 17th Dr Mohan’s DSC Gold Medal Oration Award & Distinguished Scientist Award, for his outstanding contribution in the field of diabetes particularly on the pathophysiology of Type 2 diabetes. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Metabolism and Clinical Diabetes Research at the Lund University in Sweden. On Prof. Vaag was among the first to describe early defects of both insulin action, as well as defective insulin secretion in pre-diabetic subjects, contributing substantially to our present knowledge of Type 2 diabetes.
Prof Allan Vaag delivered the Oration on the topic ‘Origin of type 2 diabetes in a global and inter generational perspective’ describing the genesis of type 2 diabetes that helps the medical professionals to deal with diabetes effectively. Mr. Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark in India, New Delhi presented the gold medal to Prof. Allan Vaag.
Lifetime Contribution Awards
Three senior diabetologists of India, Dr. Binode Kumar Sahay, Dr.C.Munichoodappa and Dr. V. Seshiah, received the ‘Lifetime Contribution Awards’ from Dr. Mayil Vahanan Natarajan, Vice Chancellor, The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai. The Lifetime Contribution Award has been established by Madras Diabetes Research Foundation [MDRF] to honour outstanding personalities for their life time contributions whether in research, leadership, or mentorship that had a lasting impact on the advancement of diabetology in India.
Dr. Binode Kumar Sahay, is Senior Consultant Physician & Diabetologist in Hyderabad and a Post-graduate Teacher in Medicine at St. Theresa’s Hospital Hyderabad. In addition he is also serving as an Executive Patron of Research Society for Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI). Dr Sahay, a former Professor & Head, Dept. of Medicine, Osmania Medical College, is honored for his extraordinary achievements in teaching of diabetes. For decades, he has been involved in the teaching and clinical practice of diabetes.
Dr. C. Munichoodappa, Managing Director & Medical Superintendent, Bangalore Hospital, Bangalore and Inspector for DNB Accreditation, is an outstanding researcher and one of the finest diabetologist in India. He holds distinguished posts in many professional bodies.
Dr. V. Seshiah, Chairman of Dr. V. Seshiah Diabetes Research Centre & Dr Balaji Diabetes Care centre was the first head of the Department of Diabetology in the country at Madras Medical College & Govt. General Hospital and was instrumental in developing the speciality of diabetology in the best form in the Government sector and in private sectors.


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