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The Announcement for the Prince Mahidol Award 2009


          Today (3 December 2009) at 10.30 hrs., Clinical Professor Teerawat Kulthanan, Dean of Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, in the capacity of Vice President of the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation, Miss Vimon Kidchob, Director-General of the Department of Information, in the capacity of the Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Public Relations of the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation, and Professor Vicharn Panich, Chairman of the International Award Committee of the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation, held a press conference to announce the 18th Prince Mahidol Award for the year 2009 at the Prince Mahidol Museum, 2nd Floor, Syamindra Building, Siriraj Hospital.

         The Prince Mahidol Award 2009 in the field of medicine is given to Professor Anne Mills, Professor of Health Economics and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, United Kingdom and the Prince Mahidol Award 2009 in the field of public health is jointly awarded to Dr. Wiwat Rojanapithayakorn, World Health Organization Representative for Mongolia, Former first Director, Prevention and Control of AIDS Center, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand and Mr. Mechai Viravaidya, Founder and Chairman, Population and Community Development Association, Thailand.

         There are a total of 66 nominations from 35 countries. The Scientific Advisory Committee carefully screened all candidates from the year 2009, 2008, and 2007 and then submitted a short list of the candidates to the International Award Committee who scrutinized and made a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the meeting of the Board of Trustees on 27 November 2009 in which the final decision on the Prince Mahidol Award 2009 was made. In the past 17 years, 51 individuals, groups of individuals, and institutions have received the Prince Mahidol Award. Among them, two subsequently received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, namely Professor Dr. Barry James Marshall and Professor Dr. Harald zur Hausen. Two Thai had received the Prince Mahidol Award in 1996, they were Professor Prasong Tuchinda and Professor Suchitra Nimmannitya.

         The Prince Mahidol Award Foundation under the Royal Patronage was established in commemoration of the centenary of the birth of His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkla, on 1 January 1992. The Foundation is under Royal Patronage, with Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn as president. The Foundation annually confers two Prince Mahidol Awards upon individual(s) or institution(s), which have demonstrated outstanding and exemplary contributions to the advancement of the world’s medical and public health services. Each Award consists of a medal, a certificate and a sum of US $50,000.

         Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand have graciously consented to preside over the Presentation Ceremony of the Prince Mahidol Award 2009 at the Chakri Throne hall at the end of January 2010 at 17.30 hours. Prior to the Ceremony, Siriraj Hospital, as a founder of the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation, will invite the 2009 Prince Mahidol Awardees to give lectures based on their achievement.

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Post Date : December 4, 2009

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