Heartfelt congratulations go to our NTD Network HUB lead for Pakistan, Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, who is today being awarded the 2021 winner of the Mustafa (PBUH) Prize for his services in the field of bio-organic chemistry! This year’s ceremony, held today in Tehran, Iran, is part of a 4-day event that includes talks and workshops – enabling Iqbal and his fellow 2021 Laureates to share their passion for science with an international audience, including many early-career researchers.
The Mustafa Prize is regarded as the Nobel Prize of the Islamic world. This science and technology award is granted biennially to Islamic world researchers and scientists attaining outstanding achievements in four categories: Life and Medical Science and Technology, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Information and Communication Science and Technology, and all areas of science and technology. The award was established in 2012 to acknowledge scientific excellence at the international level. Named after the prophet Mustafa, a great advocate of science and learning, the prize is explicitly intended as a means to raise international awareness of the contributions of prominent Islamic world scientists, and to enhance and accelerate international scientific cooperation and collaboration.
Our NTD Network members are already aware of Iqbal’s passion for both science and his willingness to navigate the challenges of collaboration across international boundaries. We are delighted that he has received this worthy acknowledgement, and look forward to what else his career brings!