Das­man Di­a­betes In­sti­tute of­fi­cial wins Mor­gagni Prize

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS -

Named af­ter the great Ital­ian anatomist Gio­vanni Bat­tista Mor­gagni who was one of the first sci­en­tists to carry out re­search on hu­man anatomy in Padua, Italy and who laid the foun­da­tion for the mod­ern con­cept of pathol­ogy, the G.B. Mor­gagni Awards Pro­gram was in­sti­tuted in 1984 by a group of post­doc­toral re­searchers work­ing at the Univer­sity of Padua Med­i­cal School. The Univer­sity of Padua is a pre­mier Ital­ian univer­sity lo­cated in the city of Padua, Italy. The Univer­sity of Padua was founded in 1222 and was one of the most prom­i­nent univer­si­ties in early mod­ern Europe.

The Mor­gagni Prizes were de­vised and founded by physi­cians/re­searchers who were deeply com­mit­ted to the study and treat­ment of meta­bolic dis­eases. The in­ten­tion was to pro­mote re­search on di­a­betes and its com­pli­ca­tions, a ma­jor pub­lic health con­cern af­fect­ing a large por­tion of the pop­u­la­tion. Re­search ac­tiv­ity needed to be de­signed and funded if progress was to be made in find­ing causes and de­vel­op­ing treat­ment plans. Ac­cord­ing to the pro­gram’s statutes, one ma­jor prize (gold medal) for an out­stand­ing Eu­ro­pean sci­en­tist and two mi­nor ones (sil­ver medals) for young in­ves­ti­ga­tors car­ry­ing out re­search in the field ev­ery two years. The 15th edi­tion of the Mor­gagni Prizes was held in Padua, 28 October, 2016. The Gold Medal was awarded to Pro­fes­sor Jaakko Tuomile­hto, Chief Sci­en­tific Of­fi­cer of Das­man Di­a­betes In­sti­tute, which was es­tab­lished by Kuwait Foun­da­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Sciences (KFAS).

Gio­vanni Bat­tista Mor­gagni (25 Fe­bru­ary 1682 - 6 De­cem­ber 1771) was an Ital­ian anatomist, gen­er­ally re­garded as the fa­ther of mod­ern anatom­i­cal pathol­ogy, who taught thou­sands of med­i­cal stu­dents from many coun­tries dur­ing his 56 years as Pro­fes­sor of Anatomy at the Univer­sity of Padua. His most sig­nif­i­cant lit­er­ary con­tri­bu­tion, the mon­u­men­tal five-vol­ume On the Seats and Causes of Dis­ease, em­bod­ied a life­time of ex­pe­ri­ence in anatom­i­cal dis­sec­tion and ob­ser­va­tion, and es­tab­lished the fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ple that most dis­eases are not vaguely dis­persed through­out the body, but orig­i­nate lo­cally, in spe­cific or­gans and tis­sues.

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