NRI: Dr Dev Chopra & Dr Salim Yusuf Acievements recognised

US varsity honours Indian physicist

New York: Indian-American physicist Dev Chopra has been honoured as Professor Emeritus by the Texas A&M University, which has also recognised him as the most successful science professor in first 100 years of the university’s history.

Chopra, who graduated from Panjab University, was declared Professor Emeritus by university president Dan Jones at a function recently, an official statement said.

“It is a great delight and a great honour, on behalf of the students, faculty, and the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, to bestow upon you the honour of Professor Emeritus,” Jones said.

Chopra, who worked as physics professor and department head at A&M-Commerce for 33 years, said: “I always told my students I wanted to give them their money’s worth.”

He was named Regents Professor of Physics in 1995, becoming the university’s first recipient of the award.

He published over 70 refereed articles and contributed to several books, coached a large number of masters students, and received $1.5 million as research grants from external sources.

“Dr. Chopra is the most successful science professor in the first 100 years of the university,” said Ben Doughty, a professor of physics at A&M-Commerce and former department head.

Chopra had his masters in physics from the University of Nebraska, and PhD in the same subject from New Mexico State University.

Source: Indo-Asian News Service

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Indo-Canadian doc bags US award

New York:

The American Heart Association has awarded eminent Indo-Canadian scientist Salim Yusuf with its Clinical Research Prize for 2008 for his work in cardiovascular disease.

A professor of medicine and director of the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Yusuf received the award from the American Heart Association president, Timothy J. Gardner, over the weekend during its annual convention in New Orleans.

“A cardiologist and epidemiologist, Dr. Yusuf has carried out a highly regarded international research programme utilising large scale clinical trials, meta-analyses and epidemiologic studies using innovative designs to definitively address, and provide reliable answers to, questions of great consequence to the health of populations around the world,” Gardner said in his speech.

A graduate of Saint John’s Medical College in Bangalore, Yusuf coordinated the first International Study of Infarct Survival, which demonstrated the benefits of beta-blocker drugs in treating acute heart attacks, Gardner said.

At the National Institutes of Health, Yusuf led the studies of Left Ventricular Dysfunction and the Digitalis Investigations Group study.

“These seminal studies revolutionised the management of patients with heart failure and have set the approach for much clinical research in the field,” Gardner said.

With a PhD from the Oxford University, Yusuf is known for establishing the world’s first study examining the impact of societal changes on health behaviours, risk factors and disease in more than 400 communities in 18 countries.

Source: Indo-Asian News Service

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