facebook
Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Vakfı

Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Medical Awards

“The primary force in the present determining the future is the passion for scientific research.”

Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı



Since 1959, the Eczacıbaşı Group has supported and rewarded scientific research through its medical awards, which it renamed the “Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Medical Awards” in 2013 in remembrance of the Eczacıbaşı Group’s founder, who passed away 20 years earlier. On 22 October 2013, the winners of the first “Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Medical Awards” were announced at a ceremony at Çukurova University, in Adana, Turkey.

Prof. Dr. Semra Paydaş, a professor in the Oncology Department of Çukurova University’s Faculty of Medicine, was selected by the jury of experts for the “Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Medical Award”. Assistant professor Dr. Zekai Halıcı of the Pharmacology Department of Atatürk University’s Faculty of Medicine was presented the Medical Incentive Award. Alp Buğra Başat, a medical student at Hacettepe University, and Güneş Parlakgül, a medical student at Istanbul University, shared the Scientific Research Project Award for Medical Students. Assistant Professor Dr. Esra Erdal of the Medical Biology and Genetics Department of Dokuz Eylül University’s Faculty of Medicine received a Scientific Research Funding Award.

In his speech at the award ceremony, Eczacıbaşı Group Chairman Bülent Eczacıbaşı noted that the Group had presented 32 Scientific Research Awards and 39 Medical Incentive Awards since its establishment of the medical awards in 1959 and provided grants to 175 scientific research projects, most of which were subsequently published in the leading medical journals of their fields. “During a period of more than half a century, we contributed to the development of medical and pharmacological research in Turkey through these awards, which we called the Eczacıbaşı Scientific Research and Medical Awards. This year, in remembrance of our Group’s founder, who passed away 20 years ago, we renamed the awards the ‘Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Medical Awards’ in honor of his firm belief that scientific research should be promoted and rewarded.”

Professor Dr. Emin Kansu, Chairman of the Scientific Evaluation Board of the Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Medical Awards, noted that the awards were the first long-running incentive mechanism of its kind in Turkey and added, “We believe that the awards for medical students, which started in 2002, are a great source of motivation, particularly in light of the recognition it brings them in the larger medical community.”



54 years of contributing to science and rewarding success
Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı established the awards and research grants in 1959 with the support of prominent members of Turkey”s medical faculties, namely Ord. Prof. Dr. Ekrem Şerif Egeli, Ord. Prof. Dr. Arif İsmet Çetingil, Ord. Prof. Dr. Muhiddin Erel, Prof. Dr. Reşat Garan, Prof. Dr. Sabih Oktay, Prof. Dr. Behiç Onul, Prof. Dr. Zafer Paykoç, and Prof. Dr. Necmeddin Polvan, in order to contribute to the development of medical and pharmaceutical sciences in Turkey.

Today, the Board of the Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Medical Award Fund comprises Prof. Dr. Emin Kansu (Chairman), Prof. Dr. Erdal Akalın, Prof. Dr. Atıf Akdaş, Prof. Dr. İsmail Hakkı Ayhan, Prof. Dr. Selim Badur, Prof. Dr. Kemalettin Büyüköztürk, Prof. Dr. Turgay Dalkara, Prof. Dr. Atilla Hıncal, Prof. Dr. Şevket Ruacan and Prof. Dr. Tansu Salman.

In addition to the awards listed above, the Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Medical Award Fund has presented special Republican Era Medical Awards to Ord. Prof. Dr. Hulusi Behçet, Dr. Refik Saydam, Ord. Prof. Dr. Tevfik Sağlam, Ord. Prof. Dr. Mazhar Osman Uzman, Ord. Prof. Dr. Akil Muhtar Özden, Prof. Dr. Muzaffer Aksoy and Prof. Dr. Gazi Yaşargil, and an Eczacıbaşı Medical Award of Honor to Prof. Dr. Münci Kalaycıoğlu.

The application dates for the 2015 Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Medical Awards will be announced at a later time.

(Video)



Prof. Dr. Semra Paydaş of the Oncology Department of Çukurova University’s Faculty of Medicine, accepted her “Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Medical Award” from Eczacıbaşı Group Chairman Bülent Eczacıbaşı and Çukurova University Rector Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kibar.



Associate Professor Dr. Zekai Halıcı of the Pharmacology Department of Atatürk University’s Faculty of Medicine was presented the Medical Incentive Award for producing research capable of contributing to future scientific discovery on a global scale.



This year, two projects shared the Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Project Award for Medical Students. One was the “CD148 T-Cell Activation Effectr and Kinetic-Segregation Model” of Hacettepe University medical student Alp Buğra Başat. The other was Istanbul University medical student Güneş Parlakgül’s “Analysis of the Phenotypic and Pitocin Profile of Gamma-Delta T-Cells in Behçet’s Disease”. The students received their awards from Eczacıbaşı Group Vice Chairman Faruk Eczacıbaşı and Dean of Çukurova University’s Faculty of Medicine Prof. Dr. Dilek Özcengiz.



Dr. Esra Erdal, associate professor in the Medical Biology and Genetics Department of Dokuz Eylül University’s Medical Faculty, was given a “Scientific Research Funding Award” for the period 2013-2014 for her work on “LGR5/Wnt/b Catenin Signalization, Hepatic Cancer Stem Cells’ (HpKKH) In Vitro Tumorigenesis Capacity and Effect on the Epithelial- Mesenchymal Transition”. Dr. Erol received her award from Sedat Birol, Eczacıbaşı Group Vice President of Healthcare, and Professor Dr. Emin Kansu, Chairman of the Scientific Evaluation Board of the Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Medical Award Fund.