Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will preside over the ceremony for the presentation of the Prince Mahidol Award 2016.
The announcement on Prince Mahidol Laureates 2016 was made by the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation under the Royal Patronage at a press conference, held at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on 16 November 2016.
In 2016, the Prince Mahidol Award in the field of medicine is awarded to Sir Gregory Paul Winter from the United Kingdom. One of the world's leading scientists, Sir Gregory Paul Winter was a pioneer in the field of antibody engineering and modification technology.
He invented techniques to humanize antibodies for therapeutic uses, which later led to the creation of cutting-edge therapeutic drugs. The drugs are now widely used in clinical disease treatment. His current position is the Master of Trinity College, University of Cambridge.
The Prince Mahidol Award in the field of public health is awarded to Professor Vladimir Hachinski from Canada. Professor Hachinski is the world’s leading doctor with specialization in stroke and vascular dementia. He has made major contributions for the fight against these two greatest threats to human brain.
His contributions to medicine in the areas of vascular cognitive impairment, stroke, and brain-heart interactions help save and improve millions of lives by delaying and/or preventing cerebrovascular disease and cognitive decline.
The presentation ceremony for the Prince Mahidol Laureates 2016 will take place at Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace on 31 January 2017.
The Prince Mahidol Award is regarded as an international award from Thailand. It was established on 1 January 1992 in commemoration of the centenary of the birth of Prince Mahidol of Songkla, the father of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The awards are given each year to honor individuals and institutions that have demonstrated outstanding and exemplary contributions to the advancement of medical and public health services for humanity.