BANGKOK – The Prince Mahidol Award Foundation has named an American professor as the winner of the Prince Mahidol Award 2015 in the field of medicine and a British researcher as the winner in the field of public health.
Professor Dr. Prasit Watanapa, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, in his capacity as Vice President of the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation, led other executives at a press conference to declare the winners of the annual Prince Mahidol Award, both in medicine and public health.
The award winner in medicine is Professor Morton M. Mower from the United States. He co-invented the Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator, a device that helps monitor the heart rate and rhythm and deliver electrical current when abnormality is detected. The device is implanted in the bodies of up to 200,000 people each year due to its proven effectiveness in saving the lives of patients suffering from cardiac arrhythmia.
Meanwhile, Sir Michael Gideon Marmot from the United Kingdom won the award in public health for his evidence-based evaluation on the Social Determinants of Health, the concept of which has been adopted by the British government and the World Health Organization to eliminate health inequities and ensure better well-being for people.