NEW DELHI: Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar, who had radically change the face of ICMR for the length of authorities briefings to media on the coronavirus pandemic, retired as the head of epidemiology and communicable illnesses at the apex effectively being study physique on Tuesday.
He’ll now be half of the celebrated Dr CG Pandit Nationwide Chair at the Indian Council of Clinical Compare and will support the study physique from Pune, an ICMR decent mentioned.
Dr Gangakhedkar represented ICMR in nationwide press briefings and updated journalists on study tendencies linked to COVID-19 in India by breaking down complex scientific data to bear them more uncomplicated for the favorite public to notice.
“He is a classy thinker, thinker, researcher, scientist and a huge human being,” Dr Balram Bhargava, the director-favorite of ICMR, mentioned.
He additionally played a essential aim within the study on HIV/AIDS and made a predominant contribution in growing nationwide insurance policies and patient empowerment.
Dr Gangakhedkar was the director-incharge of the Nationwide AIDS Compare Institute (NARI), Pune, earlier than he moved to the ICMR headquarters in Delhi.
For the length of his roughly four-yr stint with ICMR, he was instrumental in plan of insurance policies to handle the Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala in 2018 and lately for the COVID-19 pandemic.
He was awarded Padma Shri in 2020 for his service and his study on HIV/AIDS.