IDRC grantee receives prestigious award for research on diseases

Dr Durga Datt Joshi is the recipient of the prestigious Birendra Scientific Award from the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in recognition for his work on animal-transmitted diseases and viral encephalitis and for helping examine, control, and treat the diseases.

Dr Joshi is director of the IDRC-supported National Zoonoses and Food Hygiene Research Centre, which works with local authorities and residents to improve community health by reducing food and water-borne diseases that spread from animals to humans. The research has resulted in strengthened animal slaughter and meat inspection regulations, and improved waste management, drainage and delivery of potable water.

The Birendra Award —the highest scientific recognition in Nepal — was presented at NAST’s 30th Academic Assembly on November 29, 2010 by Nepalese Prime Minister and NAST Chancellor Madhav Kumar Nepal.

Published: 01 Feb 2011

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