Two city youngsters bag scientist awards

B.V. Subba Reddy of IICT and Bhanuprakash Reddy of NIN presented Scopus Young Indian Scientist Awards

HYDERABAD: Two young scientists from the city -- B.V. Subba Reddy of Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) and Bhanuprakash Reddy from National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) -- were awarded this year’s prestigious Scopus Young Indian Scientists Awards on Friday in New Delhi for their work in chemistry and medicine respectively.

The two were the chosen ones among 200 other Indian scientists and researchers who had submitted their works for the award instituted by Elsevier, world’s largest research publisher of scientific information. Mr. Subba Reddy, who has 345 research papers to his credit, was recognised for his work on anti-cancer molecules at IICT.

Paper on turmeric

“It’s a great feeling to emerge among the best in the country. IICT has provided an ideal platform in terms of infrastructure and workforce for research,” Mr. Subba Reddy says. Mr. Bhanuprakash received the award for writing several path breaking research papers on the advantages turmeric in preventing diabetic cataracts at NIN.

“Diet and complications arising out of diabetes are interlinked. I have been working on this subject for a long time at NIN. It’s a great feeling to be recognised for the hard work from an International organisation,” Mr. Bhanuprakash told The Hindu. The scientist has over 55 research papers on a host of issues.

Interestingly, Mr. Subba Reddy, whose work has 4,575 citations to his credit, has done his post-graduate research in chemistry from Harvard University under Nobel laureate E. J. Corey, who won the coveted Nobel Prize in 1990 for his work in chemistry.

“It’s a huge experience to work with a Noble Prize-winner. He has been an inspiring figure for young scientists working in the field of organic chemistry,” he says. Both the scientists are below 40 years, which was a prerequisite to compete for the Scopus Young Indian Awards for 2008.

Focus on diet

At NIN, Bhanuprakash is focussing on the link between diet and diabetic complications arising in the retina and lens of the eyes. “Diet can help prevent degeneration of the eyes. We are also working on the aspect of obesity and diabetic complications of retina,” he says.