rime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has admired winners of the 2016 Prince Mahidol Award, saying their contributions to society have benefited millions of people around the world.
According to National News Bureau of Thailand, Gen Prayut praised the winners of last year’s Prince Mahidol Award, Professor Vladimir Hachinski of Western Ontario University and Sir Gregory Paul Winter, Dean of Trinity College of Cambridge University during his weekly national address.
The two winners were among 59 nominees from 24 countries around the globe.
Sir Gregory Paul Winter won the award in the field of medicine. He is one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of antibody engineering and modification technology. His techniques to humanize antibodies for therapeutic uses, subsequently led to the creation of cutting-edge therapeutic drugs.
Professor Vladimir Hachinski won the award in the field of public health. He is the world’s leading doctor specializing in stroke and vascular dementia. His techniques help to delay and prevent cerebrovascular disease and cognitive decline.
Deputizing for HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, the award presentation ceremony was officiated by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn who is the president of the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation.
According to the prime minister, the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation was established with the royal permission of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in commemoration of the Centenary Birthday Anniversary of His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkla, the father of modern medicine and public health of Thailand.