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Swedish prize awarded to medical futurist and graduate of the UD MHSC

 Dr. Bertalan Meskó, PhD graduate of the University of Debrecen, Medical and Health Centre, developer of Webicina.com, has won the Gran Prize, an interdiciplinary award of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary.

Webicina.com curates medical social media resources,free of charge through crowdsourcing from international medical professionals and e-patient communities in over 140 topics and 20 languages. Webcine selects the most up-to-date information from dynamic web resources and makes it available for anyone though a simple, multilingual, personalised interface.  Everyone has the right to access the best possible medical resources or information relevant to their illness or their medical specialisation in their own language, personalised and without charge, declares dr. Bertalan Meskó.

The mission of Webicina, which has been featured by the World Health Organization and has been presented at Yale, Stanford and Harvard, is to introduce patients and medical professionals to a meaningful, sensible and secure use of the Internet.

As part of the prize, the awardee received as a token of appreciation a Swedish pine tree (Pinus Strobus Nana) from the Folly Arboretum founded in 1878, to be planted at the awardee’s alma mater.  ’Gran’ is the Swedish word for pine tree, and the name alludes to the aspects of sustainability and environmental consciousness associated with this award.

The planting ceremony took place on Monday, June 24 2013, at 1.30 p.m. at the Scientific Conference Centre of the UD MHSC, in the park of Villa Kenézy.

Dr. György Paragh, professor and managing director of the centre greeted the participants and presented the details and significance of the interidsciplinary award, the Gran Prize.

Dr. László Fésüs, professor and managing director of the Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology presented the background of the Institute, where this remarkable result was achieved.

Dr. Bertalan Meskó spoke of his thoughts about the interdisciplinary award of the Gran Prize and what winning the award means for him.  

Dr. György Paragh, professor and managing director of the centre, Dr. László Fésüs, professor and managing director of the Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Dr. Bertalan Meskó then proceeded to plant the pine tree together.

 


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