Bhubaneswar: Mexican scientist Raul Rene Drucker, who specialises in Physiology and Neuroscience (a branch of Biology), has been selected by the Kalinga Foundation Trust for the UNESCO-Kalinga Prize for the year 2011. Talking to the mediapersons, Trust chairman Bhabani Charan Patnaik disclosed that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is likely to give the award to Dr. Drucker on January 3, 2012.
The prize comprises of a prize money $20,000 and a citation is given by UNESCO for popularising science among common people. This award was initiated by late Chief Minister of Odisha, Biju Patnaik. The award will be given in Bhubaneswar for the first time, said sources.
Dr. Drucker has received other prestigious awards earlier including the National Prize of Sciences and Arts, the National University Prize in the research area in Natural Science, the Award Mexican Health Foundation; Miguel Otero Award of Merit in Scientific Research and Medical Excellence Award, both from the Ministry of Health, the Andres Bello award Order “Class Honor Band”, awarded by the Government of the Republic of Venezuela, the award of the National Academy of Medicine Dr. Ruiz Castañeda.
Born in Mexico City in 1937, Dr. Drucker studied psychology at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico as his Bachelor course, received Master degree at the University of Illinois and a doctorate in the School of Medicine, Saskatchewan, Canada. His work in neuroscience helped discover possible causes of Parkinson among others diseases.
Dr. Drucker pioneered the study of neuroactive peptides in the regulation of sleep, and thus put Mexico on the world map of the neuroscience of sleep. He developed the technique of simultaneous recording of unit activity in intracerebral perfusion in animals free movement, which led him to develop and propose his theory excitostática to explain both the initiation and termination mechanism of rapid eye movement sleep (REM) as its function.