Andaman's RMRC Scientist brings laurels

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Port Blair, Jul 8 (UNI) Dr Subarna Roy, Scientist of Regional Medical Research Centre (ICMR), Port Blair, has been selected for the prestigious Dr S S Misra Memorial Award for 2008 by the National Academy of Medical Sciences.

'' This award is in recognition of his research work on rapid identification of Leptospira by Random Amplified Targeted Sequence (RATS) PCR fingerprinting. Dr. Roy's work ios nominated under the category of the best unpublished work in any field of bio-medical research,'' Dr P Vijayachari informed newspersons today.

The award was instituted by the NAMS in 1974 and named after late Dr S S Misra, a Founder Fellow of the Academy.

Dr Roy will receive the award at a formal ceremony during NAMS Annual Conference and Convocation scheduled to be held in Jammu on October 11 and 12.

Dr Roy specializes on molecular biology and is working at the RMRC since 2002. He has a score of publications to his credit, particularly on diarrhoeal diseases, leptospirosis and Chikungunya fever.

Earlier this year, Dr Roy and Dr Sameer Sharma, another scientist at the RMRC, were awarded ICMR Medical Innovation Fund for innovative ideas in medical research.

Dr A N Shriram, entomologist at RMRC, was the recipient of the ICMR Dr T Ramachandra Rao award last year. Last month the Director of the Centre, Dr P Vijayachari, was nominated as a member of Leptospira Epidemiology Research Group (LERG) of the WHO.

'' The series of awards and recognitions received by the scientists of the RMRC has helped bring these islands in the scientific map of the country and abroad,'' Dr Vijayachari added.

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