Pakistani Doctor wins NATO's Scientific Achievement Award 2016

Pakistani Doctor wins NATO's Scientific Achievement Award 2016

WASHINGTON (APP) " A Pakistani-American doctor has won the "Scientific Achievement Award 2016" from the NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) for his extra-ordinary performance in research on medical countermeasures against biological agents.

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NATO's STO, the largest NATO organization for defense science and technology honored Dr. Chotani with the prestigious distinction as part of the Research Task Group (RTG) for State-of-the-Art research on Medical countermeasures against Biological Agents.

Dr. Chotani has worked in the healthcare industry, government and academia, advanced development of vaccines, therapeutic and diagnostic countermeasures, bio-surveillance etc. As a senior scientist, Dr. Chotani has spent more than 20 years in providing bio-security and public health expertise to both public agencies and private industry.

He is a recognized expert in the identification, surveillance and diagnosis of human and zoonotic infectious diseases. His success in the academic field includes establishing & directing the Global Infectious Disease Surveillance and Alert System (GIDSAS) at John Hopkins University.

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At the John Hopkins applied Physics Laboratories, he was part of the team that designed the first Early Detection of Bio-terrorism system that became operational as ESSENCE at DOD.

In Pakistan, Dr. Chotani helped in upgrading the Early Warning system at the National Institute of Health (NIH), re-developed and furbished the Epidemic Investigation Cell (EIC) with basic infrastructural needs as well as housed six qualified epidemiologists to assist in disease surveillance.

He has also played a very important role as the Consultant/Advisor to the Ministry of Health (MOH) in developing Pakistan's Influenza Preparedness Plan.

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The NATO Achievement Award recognizes the outstanding contributions made to NATO STO's sponsored activities that continue to widen STO's technological mandate.