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An AKU Graduate Claims NATO’s Scientific Achievement Award 2016


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The NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) has selected Dr. Rashid A Chotani, a graduate of Aga Khan University Medical College, as the recipient of the 2016 Scientific Achievement Award, for his contributions in research on medical countermeasures against biological agents.

Dr. Chotani, a Pakistani-American, is a Senior Fellow of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and has been maintaining an enviable profile for a professional in his field.From the year 2008 to 2010 he served on Chemical Biological Medical Systems, United States Department of Defense as the Chief Scientist to the Joint Project Manager. Previously, he served as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Global Infections Disease Surveillance and Alert System at the Johns Hopkins University.

NATO STO Scientific Achievement Award

The STO is a NATO subordinate body having the same legal status as the NATO itself, and created within the framework of the treaty signed in the United States in the year 1949.  It has been established with a view to meeting to the best advantage the collective needs of NATO and its allies in the fields of Science and Technology. It is the largest science body operating from the platform of NATO.

The Scientific Achievement Award from NATO STO recognizes exemplary efforts to foster success in research and innovation at the organization. STO organizes and conducts scientific research and technology development to address the defense and security needs of the NATO Alliance.

About Dr. Chotani

With an experience of over 20 years in providing bio-security and public health expertise, Dr. Chotani is considered an expert in the identification, surveillance and diagnosis of human and zoonotic infectious diseases. His success in the academic field also includes establishing and directing the Global Infectious Disease Surveillance and Alert System (GIDSAS) at Johns Hopkins University.

As a member of the Human Factor and Medicine Panel (HFM) at STO, NATO, Dr. Chotani has played a key role in ensuring the integrity of research and technological advancements. The Panel’s goal is to optimize the safety and performance of individuals working in operational regions using state-of-the-art technology that facilitates what researchers want to achieve.

He was awarded the Scientific Achievement Award for his state-of-the-art research on medical countermeasures against the threats of Biological Agents.

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