Hamdan Awards

Australian professor wins
Hamdan Award for work
with blood stem cells

The internationally recognised, biannual Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences was presented to international and regional recipients in Dubai on 23 September.

The Awards, which were established by His Highness to encourage and support medical excellence around the world and help establish a strong medical research base in the UAE and the Arab world, honours individuals, universities and organisations for their dedicated and pioneering work in medicine.

This year’s awards, the fifth since they were launched 10 years ago and entitled "Stem Cell Research", pay tribute to pioneers in medicine in several categories. The UAE category winners were not announced on the evening and were due to be announced several weeks following this ceremony.

Speaking at the event, H.E. Humaid Al Qatami, UAE Minister of Health, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Awards for Medical Sciences, said: “The distinguished and unique scientific approach and supplementary activities of the Award and the rewarding of people who excel in all disciplines – locally, regionally and internationally – and the fields that his Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum has selected for the awards, make it a unique success story to be emulated globally.

“Every day, we witness more medical advancements and new discoveries with the hope that they will ease some of the health issues that affect our lives. These achievements are the outcome of great efforts made by leading scientists who dedicate their lives to making contributions to improve the health of mankind.

“Within this framework, His Highness aspired to encourage all these pioneers, wherever they were in the UAE, the region and the world, by creating this highly regarded award to offer them full support to continue their research and medical endeavours.”


International awards

Hamdan award for volunteers in humanitarian medical services


HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, UAE

Marshal Abdurrahman Mohamed Hassan Swaruddahab, former Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese Army and Minister of Defence, Sudan – for is dedication to charity and humanitarian work which resulted in the establishment of many schools, universities, colleges, hospitals and clinics in Sudan.

Proyecto Visión- Barcelona – Spain. A Spanish volunteer organisation created in 1996 under the presidency of Dr Julio de la Camara that provides ophthalmological medical care to the population of Tigray region in Ethiopia.

Society for Health Education (SHE), Male, Republic of Maldives – for their pro active work in identifying and addressing crucial health and social concerns of the Maldives.

Hamdan Award for Medical Research Excellence

Therapy in Malignancy

Professor Axel Ullrich, Germany – for his work as one the developers of the anti-cancer drug Trastuzumab. For more than 25 years Prof Ullrich has been a leader in gene technology, translating basic science discoveries into medical applications. This led in the 1980s to the development of Humulin (human Insulin for the treatment of diabetes), the first therapeutic agent to be developed through genebased technology and the first biotechnology product ever.

Molecular Therapy in Drug Targeting Pharmacogenomics)

Dr Lee Sweeney PhD, USA – for his work with the genetics of muscular dystrophy and the development of a therapy called PTC124 which has placed him at the forefront of pharmacogenomics.

Organ & Tissue Transplantation

Professor Sir Roy Calne, for his work on immunosuppression techniques aimed at prolonging the life of liver transplant recipients.

Grand Hamdan International Award

Professor Donald Metcalf, Melbourne, Australia – for his work on hematopoietic cytokines. Prof Metcalf, Professor Emeritus at the University of Melbourne, is renowned as “the father of hematopoietic cytokines” for his pioneering work on the control of blood cell formation.

Arab World Awards

Hamdan award for distinguished personalities in the Arab world

H.E. Dr Abdulrahman Al Awadhi, Kuwait Dr Abdul Rahman Al Awadi is a well known figure in Kuwait. He has dedicated his life to medicine and public heaklth in Kuwait having served as a physician in the Ministry of Public Health Hospitals in Kuwait; raporteur in the Planning Committee of the Ministry of Public Health; Registrar of Medicine and Director of Preventive Services Department; Minister of Public Health; Minister of Planning; and Minster of State for Cabinet Affairs. He was the chairperson of several executive committees for the council of Arab Ministers of Health, Environment Protection Council, and Marine Environment Protection council. He was the Secretary General of the Arab Centre for Medical Literature and was President of the Islamic Organization for Medical Sciences, Kuwait.

Dr Sadiqa Al-Awadi, Kuwait Dr Sadiqa Al-Awadi for her dedicaztion to genetics genetic research I Kuwait. She is the Director of the Genetics Centre, Sabah Hospital in Kuwait. She was instrumental in establishing the Kuwait Medical Genetics Centre in 1979 and to the present day, serves as its Head.

Dr Mohammed Mikati, Lebanon Dr Mohammed Mikati has dedicated his career as a professional doctor and a researcher to the study of epilepsy, which led to him establishing the Epilepsy Programme in Lebanon in 1995. His research has focused on understanding the mechanisms of neuronal injury secondary to seizures and methods to prevent them.

Hamdan award for medical college/institution or centre in the Arab world

Educational Institutions

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Service Center of Excellence

Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies, Aleppo, Syria.

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