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Dr. Salim Yusuf the recipient of the 2015 Arrigo Recordati International Prize for Scientific Research.

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June 14 2015

Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) is pleased to announce Dr. Salim Yusuf as the recipient of the 2015 Arrigo Recordati International Prize for Scientific Research.

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The past 35 years has seen the rise of Dr. Salim Yusuf as a universally celebrated cardiologist and epidemiologist whose work has extensively shaped the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

The Arrigo Recordati Prize recognizes Dr. Yusuf for his “outstanding and innovative contributions in researching the secondary prevention and risk reduction strategies for patients of cardiovascular diseases”. In awarding the prize to Dr. Yusuf, “the judges noted his unique and exceptional contributions to studies and clinical trials in secondary prevention, the impact of his works on development of new strategies for risk reduction in subjects with CVD, and, also acknowledged his contributions as mentor and participant to important international collaborations”.

The Arrigo Recordati International Prize for Scientific Research was established in 2000 in memory of the Italian pharmaceutical entrepreneur Arrigo Recordati. The award, presented every two years, aims to promote scientific research in the field of cardiovascular disease and recognize those who demonstrate dedication to the advancement of scientific knowledge in cardiology.

Dr. Yusuf began his medical research career in 1976, following the completion of his medical qualifications in Bangalore, India. Dr. Yusuf received a Rhodes Scholarship, which took him to Oxford University where he studied cardiology and internal medicine and obtained a DPhil. In 1984, Dr. Yusuf crossed the ocean to live in the United States where he continued his research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He then moved to Canada in 1992 to become Director of the Division of Cardiology at McMaster University. While teaching and working at McMaster, Dr. Yusuf established the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) – Canada’s premiere global health research institute that includes a network of 86 countries. Dr. Yusuf was a senior scientist at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research from 1999 to 2004.

Dr. Yusuf, former Vice-President of Research at HHS, currently holds the position of Chief Scientist, HHS and Executive Director of the PHRI, Professor of the Department of Medicine at McMaster University, and Joint Member of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics. Dr. Yusuf became President of the World Heart Federation in January of 2015. (Based in Switzerland, The World Heart Federation is an organization of international scientists in cardiology that works to prevent and control cardiovascular disease globally.)

A few of the milestones marking Dr. Yusuf’s international recognition are:

  • the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award 2014
  • induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame 2014
  • Officer of the Order of Canada 2013
  • the European Society of Cardiology Gold Medal 2008
  • induction into the Royal Society of Canada 2005
  • the Paul Wood Silver Medal of the British Cardiac Society 2003
  • Lifetime Research Achievement Award of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society 1998
  • Chair at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada 1997


Dr. Yusuf has published more than 900 peer-reviewed articles and in 2011, became the second most cited researcher in the world.

The world of medical research continues to celebrate the beneficence of Dr. Yusuf through the distinctive awards bestowed upon him for his dedication and significant contributions towards advancing medicine and research in his field.

Dr. Yusuf accepted the Arrigo Recordati International Prize in Milan, Italy on Saturday June 13. Congratulations Dr. Yusuf!


Dr Anil D'cruz study published in the New England Journal of Medicine

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Original Article

Elective versus Therapeutic Neck Dissection in Node-Negative Oral Cancer

Anil K. D’Cruz, M.S., D.N.B., Richa Vaish, M.S., Neeti Kapre, M.S., D.N.B., Mitali Dandekar, M.S., D.N.B., Sudeep Gupta, M.D., D.M., Rohini Hawaldar, B.Sc., D.C.M., Jai Prakash Agarwal, M.D., Gouri Pantvaidya, M.S., D.N.B., Devendra Chaukar, M.S., D.N.B., Anuja Deshmukh, M.S., D.L.O., D.O.R.L., Shubhada Kane, M.D., Supreeta Arya, M.D., D.N.B., D.M.R.D., Sarbani Ghosh-Laskar, M.D., D.N.B., Pankaj Chaturvedi, M.S., F.A.I.S., Prathamesh Pai, M.S., D.N.B., D.O.R.L., Sudhir Nair, M.S., M.Ch., Deepa Nair, M.S., D.N.B., D.O.R.L., and Rajendra Badwe, M.S. for the Head and Neck Disease Management Group

May 31, 2015DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1506007

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Dr Reetika Sachdeva presents poster at the Digestive Disease week

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Dr Reetika Sachdeva from batch 2008 did her research elective at John's Hopkins for three months where  along with her mentor did a study on factors associated with a failed colonoscopy.She presented it in Washington DC at the Digestive Disease week during the third week of  May as a poster .

She will be applying for US residency match this year.

Congrats Reetika!!!



Tour de Mugalur June 7th 2015

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The Saint John's student committee along with the Ecologics team organized a cyclothon to bring awareness to Dengue and cleanliness of the environment .

Faculty members along with students participated in this first time event.There were greeters and well wishers from beginning of the route till the end.

The cyclists started at Saint Johns medical college and rode all the way to Mugalur about 30 kms away.

After an initial briefing on the Saint John's campus the routes  as follows started at 7 am from Deans Office.

Route 1: Doddakanneli - Carmelaram - Kodathi - Dommasandra - Yamare - Sarjapura - Mahela Chowdenahalli - Mugalur

Route 2: Doddakanneli - Carmelaram - Gunjur - Kamanahalli - Neriga - Kugur - Mugalur


Insights into barriers for global mental health "Dr. Rajiv Radhakrishnan:

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Insights into barriers for global mental health

Dr. Rajiv Radhakrishnan is a current Yale Psychiatry Resident.

I spent 2 weeks in India working with the MAANASI project, a rural mental health program run by the Departments of Psychiatry and Community Medicine at St. Johns Medical College, Bangalore, India. The project provides mental health care to women in rural areas and currently covers about 187 villages around Bangalore. The aim of my study was to evaluate reasons for poor treatment adherence, and explore barriers to treatment among women with Major Depressive Disorder in the rural population and to assess attitude towards use of technology, such as text-messaging and appointment reminder devices, in improving treatment adherence. I conducted focus-group discussions with women enrolled in the project who were or were not seeking care at the present time. The experience provided me with insights into barriers to care such as lack of transport and the reluctance to adopt new technology for fear that it would intrude into the privacy of their closed family unit.

The factor that was most important in enabling me to contribute to the MAANASI project was the grant support provided by Yale Global Mental Health Program and Yale New Haven Hospital. Additionally, the presence of local mentors was invaluable to the success of this study.

I think students can play a very important role in global mental health by undertaking short-term projects that are of relevance to the local community. Students are also in a position to access funds and garner philanthropic support for projects in resource-poor settings that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. The challenge of establishing a good working relationship with the local community would require structured mentorship and including local mentors in the process would be important. The availability of funding, protected time and institutional support for global mental health activities would go a long way in helping students make substantial contributions.

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