Pakistani-American wins NATO’s Scientific Achievement Award 2016

140418-N-MJ645-074 MAYPORT, Fla. (April 18, 2014) The guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), returns to Naval Station Mayport after a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. Gettysburg, part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, supported maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marcus L. Stanley/Released)

A Pakistani-American doctor has won the Scientific Achievement Award 2016 from the NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) for his extra ordinary performance in research on medical countermeasures against biological agents.

NATO’s STO, the largest NATO organisation for defence science and technology honoured Dr Chotani with the prestigious distinction as part of the Research Task Group (RTG) for State of the Art research on Medical countermeasures against Biological Agents.

Dr Chotani has worked in the healthcare industry, government and academia, advanced development of vaccines, therapeutic and diagnostic countermeasures, bio surveillance etc.

As a senior scientist, Dr Chotani has spent more than 20 years in providing bio security and public health expertise to both public agencies and private industry.

He is a recognised expert in the identification, surveillance and diagnosis of human and zoonotic infectious diseases. His success in the academic field includes establishing & directing the Global Infectious Disease Surveillance and Alert System (GIDSAS) at John Hopkins University.

At the John Hopkins applied Physics Laboratories, he was part of the team that designed the first Early Detection of Bioterrorism system that became operational as ESSENCE at DOD.

In Pakistan, Dr Chotani helped in upgrading the Early Warning system at the National Institute of Health (NIH), re developed and furbished the Epidemic Investigation Cell (EIC) with basic infrastructural needs as well as housed six qualified epidemiologists to assist in disease surveillance.

He has also played a very important role as the Consultant/Advisor to the Ministry of Health (MOH) in developing Pakistan’s Influenza Preparedness Plan.

The NATO Achievement Award recognises the outstanding contributions made to NATO STO’s sponsored activities that continue to widen STO’s technological mandate.