IISER Pune, JNCASR & IISc Bengaluru scientists win CSIR-CDRI Awards for drug research

New Delhi: Four researchers have received the CDRI (Central Drug Research Institute) awards for excellence in drug research. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Central Drug Research Institute (CSIR-CDRI), Lucknow, has also announced the call for nomination for next year.

These awards are given annually to Indian Nationals below 45 years of age who have carried out outstanding research work in areas having direct bearing on Drug Research and Development.

The award has been conferred to Dr Seergazhi Gopalan Srivatsan, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, and Dr T. Govindaraju from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre For Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru, for their excellent work in the field of chemical science.

“We have adopted multipronged strategies to develop therapeutic agents to modulate multifaceted toxicity. I shall present our recent results on the development of multifunctional inhibitors to ameliorate multifaceted toxicity of Alzehimer Disease,” said Govindaraju.

The award for Life Science has been given to Dr Amit Singh, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru and Dr Dipyaman Ganguly from CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB), Kolkata.

“Our data established a link between phagosomal pH, redox metabolism and drug tolerance in replicating Mycobacterium tuberculosis and proposed the repositioning of antimalarial drug chloroquine to shorten TB therapy and achieve a relapse-free cure.” said Singh.

Each award carries a cash prize of Rs 20,000 and a Citation. With an aim to promote drug discovery and development research in India, CSIR – Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow, instituted the CDRI Awards in 2004 to recognize scientific excellence in the country in the area of Drug Research and Development.

For nomination the applicant must be a citizen of India. Heads of Institutions, organizations, universities or industries, Bhatnagar Awardees, and Fellows of National Science Academies can nominate the most deserving scientists or researchers who are engaged in basic and applied research in areas having a direct bearing on drug research and development, and have made outstanding contributions with potential for application or product and technology development. Such scientists or researchers may also self-submit their application.

The research work for which a nomination or application is made must have been carried out in India.

The awards for the year 2020 will be given on 17 February, which is also the Foundation Day of CDRI.

Jyoti Singh is a contributor at India Science Wire.

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