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Pakistani Scholar wins prestigious ‘World Academy of Sciences’ prize

Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta

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Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta just won the World Academy of Sciences prize (TWAS), 2016 in medical sciences in recognition of his “incisive work on academic paediatrics and public health in Pakistan, which has contributed to shape global child health and policy”.

TWAS was founded in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the developing world, under the leadership of Abdus Salam, the Pakistani physicist and Nobel laureate. It is a global science academy based in Trieste, Italy, working to advance science and engineering for sustainable prosperity in the developing world. According to the official website of TWAS, TWAS Prizes are awarded in nine fields: Agricultural Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Mathematics, Medical Sciences, Physics, and Social Sciences.

So far Pakistan has only won three TWAS prizes. This year, there were 10 prize winners: two from Brazil; one from Chile; two from China; two from India; one from Mexico; one from Pakistan and one from Turkey. The prizes were announced at the Academy’s 27th General Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda. Each TWAS Prize carries a cash award of $15,000. The winners will lecture about their research at TWAS’s 28th General Meeting in 2017, where they will also receive a plaque and the prize money.

Professor Zulfiqar A. Bhutta is the Founding Chair of Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. He also holds adjunct professorships in International Health & Family and Community Medicine at the departments of International Health at the Boston University and Tufts University, Boston respectively. He was designated a Distinguished National Professor of the Government of Pakistan in 2007. He is also the Dean of the faculty of Paediatrics of the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Pakistan and the Chairman of the National Research Ethics Committee of the Government of Pakistan.

The professor is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, Scotland, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London and the Pakistan Academy of Sciences. He is an expert on nutrition, newborn and child survival, and micronutrient deficiencies. Being one of the most cited health sciences scholars from the developing world, he has published eight books, 88 book chapters, and over 725 indexed publications to date, including 145 in the world’s leading journal The Lancet alone.

Prof. Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta has been conferred the International TUBA Academy Prize, 2015 in Health and Sciences by President of Turkey, Mr. Tayyib Erdogan, at the Ankara Presidential Palace in Turkey. Prof. Bhutta is also the recipient of two prestigious international prizes, i.e., WHO Ihsan Dogramaci Family Prize and the American
Toron Academy of Pediatrics’ Samuel J. Fomon Nutrition Award.

He has won several awards, including the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) by the President of Pakistan for contributions towards education and research (2000), the President of Pakistan Gold Medal for contributions to Child Health in Pakistan (2004) and the Outstanding Paediatrician of Asia award by the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (2006). Professor Bhutta was awarded the inaugural Global Child Health award (2009) by the Program for Global Pediatric Research for outstanding contributions to Global Child Health and Research and has also been elected an honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics for contributions to international child health.