ANKARA (Staff Report) – Director Centre for Excellence in Women and Child Health at Aga Khan University Karachi, Pakistan Dr Zulfiqar A. Bhutta has been conferred with Turkey’s 2015 International TÜBA Academy Prize for his remarkable services in health and life sciences.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan presented the award to Dr Bhutta at a ceremony held in Ankara, Turkey.

According to a statement of Aga Khan University,  Doctor was honoured for his ground breaking research on mothers’ and children’s health and other contributions to global health and policy.

Speaking on the occasion he said “I accept this award with great humility, on behalf of many in my team who have worked hard over the years to uphold the vision and mission of the Aga Khan University in supporting research and scholarship to address the lives of poor and marginalized women and children.”

“The fact that it comes from Turkey, a leader in science and research in the Islamic world, based on the nomination from the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, makes it all the more rewarding,” he further added.

The Turkish Academy of Sciences annually presents the TÜBA Academy prizes to prestigious scientists in three categories which include original, leading and path-breaking works in their fields.

Other two recipients of TÜBA Academy Prize included Niyazi Serdar Sarıçiftçi of Linz Johannes Kepler University in basic and engineering sciences and Mehmet Genç of Istanbul Şehir University in social sciences and humanities.