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President of India gives the Medical Council of India’s Hari Om Ashram Alembic Gold Medal to Dr S Rajasekaran, Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore.

Hari Om Ashram Alembic Gold Medal

The President of India, in a grand function held in the Rashtrabathi Bhavan in New Delhi on 28th March, 2017 awarded the prestigious Hari Om Ashram Alembic Research Award and Gold medal given by the Medical Council of India to Dr S Rajasekaran, Chairman, Dept of Orthopaedics, Ganga Hospital.

The Hari Om Ashram award is a premium award for the best medical research in the country and is given for an original Research work done in India and which has a great impact in the practice of medicine, bringing benefits to the patient. The award was given for Dr Rajasekaran’s research in lumbar disc biology, probing into oxygen and nutritional transport into the disc. Reduction of nutritional pathways to the disc is considered to be the most important cause for low back pain, the most serious musculoskeletal disorder in the world. Dr S Rajasekaran and his team also documented for the first time in world literature the possibility to improve nutritional transport pharmacologically by the use of calcium channel blocking drugs. This has tremendous potential for improving the health and function of the disc and to reduce the incidence of back pain.

This is the second time that Dr S Rajasekaran and his team are getting this prestigious award. Dr Rajasekaran’s research in the field of low back pain and spinal disorders has been recognized by many national and international awards. They were the recipients of the EuroSpine Open Paper Award in 2008, the prestigious ISSLS (International Society for the Study of Lumbar Spine) Award of Canada for four years (1996, 2002, 2006 and 2017). At the national level, he has also been previously the recipient of two MCI Research Awards in 2004 (Silver Jubilee Research Award and the Hari Om Ashram Alembic Research Award) from Late Shri APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India.