An Indian-origin researcher has been appointed by a prestigious US varsity to lead its cancer-related research programmes.

Bhramar Mukherjee has been appointed by University of Michigan's Comprehensive Cancer Centre as associate director for population science research and will oversee the Center's research on cancer causes, prevention, care delivery and outcomes.

Mukherjee, whose research has focused on how the interaction between genes and the environment impacts cancer risk, is a John D Kalbfleisch Collegiate professor of biostatistics and professor of epidemiology at the university's School of Public Health. She also serves as the associate chair for biostatistics.

"I am so impressed with Mukherjee. She is a stellar researcher in biostatistics, epidemiology and disparities. These are key issues for our Cancer Center to address. And I am thrilled to bring in Mukherjee to lead it," said Ted Lawrence, Professor of Oncology and director of the varsity's Comprehensive Cancer Center.
"As a biostatistician and epidemiologist, I can bring a lot to this role," a university release quoted Mukherjee as saying.

Mukherjee, who grew up in Kolkata, joined the University of Michigan faculty in 2006 also has worked on models to predict cancer risk among people with known genetic risk coming from high risk families.

"We live in a very data-driven world. There are tremendous opportunities, both within the University of Michigan and nationally around big data - using medical records and mining large datasets to manage patient outcomes and care," she said.

Mukherjee plans to foster and facilitate cross-collaboration within the population sciences programme in the cancer centre and across various other units at the University of Michigan, something she has done frequently as a biostatistician.
DUBAI: The Hinduja Brothers have been honoured with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award here for their influential leadership in business sector. Gopichand P Hinduja, Co-Chairman Hinduja Group of Companies, the Hinduja Group UK recieved the award on behalf of his brothers at the 6th Asian Business Leadership Forum (ABLF) ABLF Royal Patron, Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, the UAE's Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, presented the award to Gopichand P Hinduja.

It is a matter of great honour for us to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award at such an august gathering. On behalf of my brothers, SP Hinduja, PP Hinduja and AP Hinduja, I accept this award in all humility," said Gopichand Hinduja. He said that every award is a responsibility, and inspires and energizes us to continue ahead.

He said that "this award would be most dear to our hearts. We began our global journey from this part of the world and therefore it would not be wrong to say that roots of our success are enshrined here and they continue to grow stronger here." The event attracted some of the top business leaders from Asia, economists, policymakers, investors, diplomats and global think tanks.