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Winners - International Awards

I - Grand Hamdan International Award

Neonatal Medicine
Prof. Jeffrey Whitsett Prof. Jeffrey Whitsett
Director, Division of Pulmonary Biology
Department of Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
USA

Prof. Whitsett has made a series of groundbreaking contributions in pulmonary medicine. His major pioneering work has been on surfactant proteins A, B, C and D, cloning their genes, and clarifying their roles in lung development. Throughout his career, Prof. Whitsett has had the remarkable ability to move from molecular biology, to animal models, to diagnosis and therapy of human disease. He played a critical role in making surfactant protein replacement a routine tool for treating immature lungs and respiratory distress syndrome in premature infants. His laboratory has contributed to the identification of a number of genes critical for lung formation and function. Mutations in genes regulating surfactant homeostasis were shown to cause acute and chronic lung disease in infants and adults. The results of his work have the potential to positively affect thousands of lives in all four corners of the world.

 
II - Hamdan Award for Medical Research Excellence

Fetal Medicine
Prof. John A. Kanis Prof. Sir Nicholas Wald
Professor of Environmental and Preventive Medicine
Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine
The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
University of London
UK

An epidemiologist and educator, his main research has been in antenatal screening of pregnant women for congenital malformations. In the 1970s he showed that fetal neural tube defects could be detected by measuring alpha-fetoprotein in the mother's blood. This was the first example of screening for fetal abnormalities.

With epidemiologist Ian Leck (D.Sc, FRCP), Wald wrote Antenatal and Neonatal Screening: the book won the Public Health Category of the 2001 BMA Medical Book Competition. He has received numerous awards, including, in 2000, the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation Award for Scientific Research. Wald was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2004, and was knighted in the 2008 Birthday Honours for services to preventive medicine.


Nutrition in Infants
Professor Rebecca A Simmons Professor Rebecca A Simmons
Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, USA

The principal goal of Prof. Rebecca Simmons’ research program is to elucidate the underlying molecular mechanisms that link fetal growth retardation to the later development of obesity and type 2 diabetes in adulthood. She has developed a model of fetal growth retardation in the rodent (mice and rats) which leads to the later development of diabetes and obesity in adult animals. She has established that fetal growth retardation induces progressive mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative stress, mtDNA mutations, and electron transport defects. These defects cause abnormal ß-cell function and development, and hepatic and muscle insulin resistance.


Inborn Errors of Metabolism
Professor Ronald J A Wanders Professor Ronald J A Wanders
Laboratory Genetic Metabolic Diseases
Academic Medical Center
University of Amsterdam
Netherlands

Professor Wanders has contributed to a wide range of inborn errors of metabolism, has discovered new disorders, with their biochemical and molecular genetic basis and has advanced the understanding of the biology of peroxisomes.

He has elucidated peroxisomal metabolism and enzymology by studying inborn errors to gain understanding of peroxisomal biogenesis and metabolism. He has not only worked on mitochondrial metabolism, most importantly on fatty acid oxidation, but also many other pathways as well such as cholesterol biosynthesis, phospholipid metabolism, lysosomal storage, metabolism and related disorders.

The work in his laboratory has been extended by the development of mouse models, leading to the investigation of clues to therapy, and the translation from laboratory to clinical applications.

 
III - Hamdan Award for Volunteers in Humanitarian Medical Services

Women & Health Alliance (WAHA) International Women & Health Alliance (WAHA) International
France

Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan created Women and Health Alliance International in 2009 in response to the need for innovative approaches to improve health care for women and children in disadvantaged communities. Her Highness has a longstanding commitment to women’s causes and believes that ‘No woman should die while bringing new life into the world or suffer needlessly for the rest of her life due to lack of appropriate medical care. WAHA International provides obstetric fistula repair services and maternal healthcare services to women living in underserved regions.

WAHA International promotes a spirit of volunteerism, and recognizes the vital contribution that volunteers make in both promoting its values and achieving its goals. Since its creation, WAHA International has worked in over 20 countries in Africa and Asia conducting programs in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Cameroon,, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, Somaliland, Sudan , South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe among them.


Al Sabeel Association for Physically Disabled Children Al Sabeel Association for Physically Disabled Children
Algeria

Al Sabeel Association was founded in 1988 in Jijel, Algeria and its main objectives are to improve the funding and sponsoring provided for the physically disabled; integrate disabled children socially, culturally and professionally; prevent physical disability through the development of the community and to design a recreation and cultural environment suitable for disabled children. Since its establishment, Al Sabeel has sought to achieve its objectives through an annual programme of activities. The association has set up Statistical Card for disabled.

They provide free lessons for re-education of the disabled persons in need; support for free medication, treatment and clothing; develop the talents and creativity of the physically handicapped children; organize outdoor activities, educational days and awareness for parents. This association coordinates with other active associations like the National Federation of the Disabled in the universal integration projects for local development as a solution to the problem of the exclusion of the disabled from the everyday activities of the society. The committee felt that Al Sabeel deserved to be recognized for their work among the disabled.


Dr. Shershad Syed Dr. Shershad Syed
Pakistan

Dr. Shershad Syed and his team at Koohi Goth Women’s Hospital, Karachi, operate in their spare time and have treated more than 1000 patients with vaginal fistulae - a highly debilitating distressing, and hidden result of complication of difficult labour and stillbirths. As Dr. Syed explains, "Safe motherhood includes providing emergency obstetric care and working to prevent maternal deaths, stillbirths and fistulae."

Witnessing the complications of childbirth that women in Pakistan endured had a profound effect on him; he abandoned his plans to establish a private infertility clinic and in 1994, headed to Ethiopia to train in vesico-vaginal and recto-vaginal surgery at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. Since then he has remained in Pakistan providing obstetric care to impoverished women. In addition to Koohi Goth Women’s hospital, Syed works at the Qatar Hospital in Oranji, a Karachi slum where some 3.5 million people live.

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