Friday, 20 October 2017 13:22

ASM Members Awarded 2017 Carlos J. Finlay UNESCO Prize for Microbiology

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ASM Global Outreach members Professor Shahida Hasnain and Dr. Samir Saha have been announced as the recipients of the Carlos J. Finlay UNESCO Prize for Microbiology. This prize was established in 1977 to recognize outstanding contributions to microbiology and its applications. Dr. Hasnain is the founder and Chairperson of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan. “Professor Hasnain significantly contributed to advances in research in environmental, agricultural and medical microbiology. She has notably worked on the heavy metal detoxification mechanisms, salt stress tolerance mechanisms, and bacterial morphogenesis,” the UNESCO statement noted. Dr Samir Saha, head of the Microbiology Department of the Dhaka Shishu Hospital for children in Bangladesh and Executive Director of The Child Health Research Foundation at the Bangladesh Institute of Child Health, "played a key role in introducing to Bangladesh vaccines against two bacteria that cause meningitis [and] also led research into the resistance to treatment of some pneumococcal diseases."

The prize will be presented on November 6, 2017 during the 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO. The Carlos J. Finlay Prize for Microbiology has an endowment of $10,000, which will be divided between the two laureates. ASM congratulates Dr Hasnain and Saha for their contributions to world health and microbiology.

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