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Indian scientist gets Bailey K Ashford Medal for work in tropical medicine

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New Delhi, Nov 8 (PTI): The world’s largest scientific organisation in tropical medicine, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, has awarded the prestigious 2022 Bailey K Ashford Medal and 2022 Fellow of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (FASTMH) award to an Indian physician-scientist.

Dr Subash Babu, Scientific Director of the ICER-India programme at The ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai was given the awards on October 30 at the annual ASTMH meeting held in Seattle, USA.

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The medal is awarded annually to one or more mid-career investigators for distinguished work in tropical medicine, a press statement issued by ICER, India said.

The ICER is an India-US research collaboration between the Department of Health Research (DHR)-Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases).

In the 82-year history of the award, it has never been given before to an Indian scientist or for work done at an Indian institution.

In addition to the Bailey K Ashford award, Dr Babu was also awarded with FASTMH for “committed work” in tropical medicine since 1995.

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Dr Daniel Bausch, President of the ASTMH said, “Dr Subash Babu has made major contributions to the elucidation of the key immunological underpinnings of diseases including filariasis, influences of helminthic-infection on metabolic disorders, and the interface between diabetes and tuberculosis.

“Most importantly, his seminal work on the influence of Type 2 diabetes in TB in response to anti-TB therapy has wide ranging impact in the TB-field and for global health.”

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