Prince Madihol award winners announced

Dr. Akira Endo, left, and Dr. Donald Henderson
Dr. Akira Endo, left, and Dr. Donald Henderson | National News Bureau of Thailand

Prince Mahidol Foundation award for 2014 will be given to Japanese medicine researcher Akira Endo and American public health researcher Donald Henderson, the National News Bureau of Thailand said.
Endo is being honored for his discovery of an anticholesterol statin called compactin. This compound is able to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood and can be used to treat numerous cardiovascular diseases that affects millions worldwide, the foundation said.
Henderson was awarded for his service in public health and the key role he played in the eradication of smallpox. This disease is the only deadly disease that has been completely eradicated in the world with the only viable strains being kept in labs for study purposes. His expertise in that campaign is being used in the current effort to stop Ebola.
Henderson is a resident scholar at the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has served as a distinguished service professor and dean emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins University, he had directed the World Health Organization's successful eradication of smallpox and played an instrumental part in immunization on a global scale. In that effort, 80 percent of children in the world were protected from six major illness.
Nominations for the award came from 59 candidates representing 25 countries were sent to foundation President Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for the final selection.