Executive Committee Members of the Ladies’ Wing IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry IMC Ladies Wing honours Dr. Gagandeep Kang with the Woman of the Year Award
Dr. Gagandeep Kang, MD, PhD, Executive Director, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute is the first Indian woman scientist in the last 360 years to be elected as a Fellowship of the Royal Society, London
Mumbai 25 July 2019: This year Executive Committee Members of the Ladies’ Wing IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry honoured Dr. Gagandeep Kang with the women of the year award. This award given annually is in recognition of women’s achievements and their outstanding accomplishments.
The Woman of the Year event 2019 awarded Dr. Gagandeep Kang, MD, PhD, FRCPath, FASc, FNASc, FFPH, FNA, Executive Director, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute and the first Indian woman scientist to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, London. Dr. Kang’s discussed her journey on being the first Indian woman scientist who was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in the 359 years of history of this prestigious scientific academy.
“It is our privilege to recognize all of these distinguished personalities who are making a difference in their communities. Their endeavors are truly inspiring, and we commend them for all they have accomplished and will accomplish in the future. We would also like to express our sincerest gratitude to all those who have helped make this event a success,” said Ms. Mohana Nair, President, IMC Ladies Wing.
Ms. Mohana Nair added, “I have always believed that we women by joining our collective forces and harnessing our collective energies can together find solutions for many challenges that will back our success and make us ‘Stronger Together”. Nobody fits this better than our Woman of the Year recipient, the illustrious Dr. Gagandeep Kang. She is the first Indian woman scientist to be elected as a Fellowship of the Royal Society, London. She is known for her inter-disciplinary research studying the transmission, development and prevention of enteric infections. She has built national rotavirus and typhoid surveillance networks and conducted phase 1-3 trials of vaccines, which has supported two WHO pre-qualified vaccines. We are honored to have her as our Woman of the Year.”
In her keynote address, Dr. Gagandeep Kang, MD, PhD, FRCPath, FASc, FNASc, FFPH, FNA, Executive Director, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute said, “I spent all of my life working in public health and the one thing I realized over time is that it is important for all of us to be partners in this process. You don’t really have to be a doctor or a nurse to contribute to the cause of overall health; we are all healthcare providers for our families and ourselves. In my own work I decided very early that working in a hospital wasn’t exactly for me because there was so much taking place outside the hospital, this led me to places where I worked as a medical student in the slum communities around Mumbai. Over time we have been able to do a lot in medical health but there is still so much left to be done. Developments need to be made across the spectrum whether it is the improvement of water and sanitation in the public domain, nutrition for children in the remote areas or high end research that will develop new drugs, vaccine and therapies for the people who need it. I just hope that with the work that I do I can make a difference to all fellow Indians especially the ones who truly need it. I thank IMC Ladies Wing for this award as it enthuses me to continue steadfastly on my path“