Menarini Award

We are delighted to announce that Professor A Ramachandran, M.D., Ph.D, D.Sc.,FRCP(Lond.), FRCP(Edin),FICP, has been awarded Joseph Hoet Memorial Lecture, Menarini Award for the 2018 Congress. He will give his award lecture on Tuesday 17 July.

The Joseph Hoet Memorial Lecture, Menarini Award was introduced in 1999 at the World Congress for Prevention of Diabetes and Its Complications to remember the late Professor Joseph Hoet, Past President of the International Diabetes Federation and one of the founders of the World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and Its Complications. Menarini, a Pharmaceutical Company with a strong interest in the prevention and treatment of Diabetes, have sponsored this award for the last 20 years. Previous recipients of this Award were Professor Nick Hales, Professor Peter H. Bennett, Professor Brigitte Reusens, Professor Nick Wareham, Professor Steve Haffner, Professor Massimo Porta, Professor Jaakko Tuomilehto and Professor Paolo Pozzili.

Prof. A. Ramachandran is the Chairman of Dr. A. Ramachandran’s Diabetes Hospitals and President of India Diabetes Research Foundation (IDRF).  Chennai, India

IDRF has been established by Dr. A. Ramachandran based on his extensive experience as a scientist and researcher in the field of Diabetology.

He has four decades of experience in clinical work and has combined it with Epidemiological research successfully in low resource country, India. Additionally he has been a mentor for  both Clinical post-graduate teaching and PhD programs.

His early work on the Prevalence of Diabetes in Asian Indians have shown the high rates of Diabetes among Indians. Over the  years, a series of urban and rural epidemiological studies taken up by Dr. Ramachandran and his team, have resulted in a wealth of knowledge on various aspects, the pathogenesis, risk factors and temporal changes in the prevalence of diabetes, pre-diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors in Indians.

The Indian Diabetes Prevention Programme conducted by him has contributed significantly to the understanding of the preventive methodologies specifically effective in the Indian population. His recent Randomized control trial on primary prevention of Diabetes in Indians using mobile phones has been a pioneering work showing the use of mobile technology in Health.

He has published more than 300 original research papers.

He is a visiting professor in the division of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism, department of medicine, Imperial College, London, UK.

Recently he was awarded the best investigator award by World India Diabetes Foundation (WIDF) based in US. He was awarded the Thomson Reuters Research Excellence Citation India Award in 2015.