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2006 Global Award for "Outstanding Cancer Organisation" goes to Tata Memorial Centre of India

Washington, DC
July 14, 2006 

The 2006 Global Award for an “Outstanding Cancer Organisation” instituted by the International Union for Cancer Control (UICC) has been given to the Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai. 

The Award, for demonstrated excellence in cancer control within and beyond India’s borders, was given at the annual meeting of the UICC held in Washington D.C. on July 7, 2006. 

The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust in February 1941 initially set up the Tata Memorial Hospital. In 1952, the Indian Cancer Research Centre was established as a pioneer research institute for basic research. The Tata Memorial Hospital and Cancer Research Institute merged as the two arms of the Tata Memorial Centre in 1966, as a classic example of private philanthropy augmented by Government support. The Centre has functioned as an organization of the Department of Atomic Energy since 1962. 

While accepting this prestigious award, Dr. Ketayun A. Dinshaw, Director of the Tata Memorial Centre, said that “the award was in recognition of the outstanding commitment, team-work and dedication of all staff members of the Centre to remove the shadow of cancer from many lives” for over six and half decades. Dr. Dinshaw added that India could well be considered as a role model in cancer control for many other countries. 

Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, sent a congratulatory message to Dr. Ketayun Dinshaw on this international recognition of the work of Tata Memorial Centre. 

Ambassador and Mrs. Ronen Sen were among the prominent dignitaries present at the UICC Awards Ceremony.