Professor Jaakko Tuomilehto, Chief Scientific Officer of Dasman Diabetes Institute, which was established by Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) received a gold medal at the 15th edition of the Morgagni Prizes held in Padua on 28 October.
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. It 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 are awarded every two years.
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.