Spine surgeon Dr J Naresh Babu of Mediciti Hospitals,
Hyderabad, has been honored with the prestigious Asia Pacific
Orthopedic Association (APOA) International Spine Award for 2010. He
shares the honor with two other spine surgeons from Japan and Hong
APOA is an organization of orthopedic surgeons from the 17 countries of
the Asia Pacific region. The objective of APOA is to advance research
in the field of orthopedic surgery. The APOA Spine Award is given once
in two years to the significant research and clinical work done in the
field of spine surgery.
Dr Babu received this year’s award for his pioneering work on treating
low back pain with minimal invasive surgery. In contrary to the
traditional open surgery which involves cutting the muscles and bones,
he devised a new surgical technique and approach where in the surgery
including placing the screws in to the bone could be carried out
without cutting the muscles and bone.
Dr Ekkundi becomes R&D
head of Hikal
Hikal, a contract manufacturer for global life sciences
and specialty chemicals companies, has appointed Dr Vadiraj Ekkundi as
the head of its R&D facility in Bangalore.
Dr Ekkundi comes with over 26 years of experience in the field of
research and development activities. His experience encompasses a mix
of scientific, technical as well as managerial roles. He has occupied
various top level positions in leading multinational companies such as
Hindustan Lever, Wyeth Laboratories, Atul Products, and Ciba.