Personal Correspondent: Famous Bangladeshi scientist Dr. Ferdowsi Qadri. The Ramon Magsaysay Award was announced from the Philippines on Tuesday (August 31) around 12 noon Bangladesh time.

This scientist is involved in research on immunology and infectious diseases. For nearly 25 years, he worked on the development of a cholera vaccine. Head of the Mucosal Immunology and Vaccinology Unit of the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research (ICDDR,B).

In a response, Ferdowsi Qadri said, ‘I am especially grateful to Bangladesh and the whole world. I owe it to my family. To my husband and three children. They have supported me in the past few days.’

In a message, Ferdowsi Qadri promised to dedicate the rest of her life to the development of public health. This famous scientist said, ‘I will dedicate the rest of my life to the welfare of the people of the world through public health and innovation.’

He obtained his BSc in 1975 and MS in 1977 from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Dhaka University. In 1980, he received his PhD degree from the Department of Biochemistry, Immunology, University of Liverpool, UK.

Later, after completing his postdoctoral research from the Department of Immunology, ICDDR, he joined the same institution as an Associate Scientist in 1988. A senior scientist at the same institution, was appointed as Head of Department of Mucosal Immunology and Vaccinology. He is also an expert in ETEC, typhoid, Helicobacter pylori, rota virus and other infectious diseases.

His scientific breakthroughs include enteric and diarrheal vaccines and vaccines against Vibrio cholerae and enteroxygenic Escherichia coli—the leading causes of enteric disease with diarrhea. His main subject of study was research on the response of patients infected with Helicobacter pylori and typhoid fever in Bangladesh and vaccine preparation.

She received the ‘L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Award’ in 2020 for her contribution to identifying infectious diseases in children in developing countries and strengthening primary care programs and immunization programs to prevent their spread worldwide. Ananya got top ten award in 2013.

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