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June 16, 2016
France establishes International award named after Avicenna
France has established the international award named after Avicenna, which aims to promote the scientific and humanistic heritage of the great scientist of medicine, philosophy and culture, development of academic and scientific exchanges, dialogue of cultures and civilizations.
The ceremony of awarding the International prize named after Avicenna was held at the National Medical Academy of France. The ceremony brought together the representatives of academic and expert circles of France, as well as diplomats of foreign countries. Uzbekistan was represented by a delegation comprised of leaders of the Public Fund \"Ibn Sino\", the staff of the Embassy of our Republic in Paris, according to IA \"Jahon\".
In the course of their participation, the Uzbek side briefed the participants about conducted under the leadership of the President of the country multifaceted work to preserve and enrich the cultural and spiritual heritage of ancestors, including Avicenna, who made a priceless contribution to the world science.
Professor Mohammed Nadir Aziz, President of the Association \"Program MED21\", which represents a network of scientific, cultural and educational institutions of France and Mediterranean countries, explained the essence of the newly established International prize named after Avicenna.
- Award winners may include prominent members of the international scientific community, workers and experts in the field of medicine, as well as organizations contributing to the study and promotion of scientific and humanistic ideas of the genius of medicine.
The President of \"Avicenna-France\" Association Mark Bonnell noting the fact that Uzbekistan has been the homeland of great scholars and thinkers such as al-Khorezmi, Beruni, al-Bukhari, Mirzo Ulugbek and others, underlined their invaluable contribution to world civilization.
- The role of Abu Ali Ibn Sina (Avicenna) is huge, the great genius of creative thought, who left a noticeable trace in the development of all mankind. Most of his scientific works are devoted to medicine and philosophy as well as logic, chemistry, physics, astronomy, mathematics, music, literature, and linguistics. Modern medicine is based on discoveries of Avicenna\' fundamental work \"Canon of medical science\". For more than a thousand years, Avicenna remains a symbol of uniting the peoples of East and West in the name of achieving noble goals.
Acquainting the participants with the biography of the scientist, the Chairman of the Committee on foreign affairs, defense and armed forces of French Senate, former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin noted that Avicenna was a versatile researcher and from an early age possessed an encyclopedic knowledge. He was the \"Prince of medical sciences\".
- Possessing deep scientific information that Avicenna was also a humanist who made a huge contribution to religious tolerance of peoples of Central Asia and the Middle East. From this point of view, this bright personality can be the example for all mankind.
Honorary General Secretary of the Medical Academy of France Raymond Ardaillou stressed that French medicine recognizes Avicenna as the founding father of clinical medicine, whose observations and conclusions remain relevant today.
- Especially, it concerns the clinical signs of diabetes, stomach ulcers and many other diseases described once by the scientist. It is remarkable that in the Parisian region there is a hospital named after Avicenna, while the library of the National Medical Academy keeps his works in Arabic and Latin. Avicenna was also a philosopher, who revived the works of Aristotle and inspired by medieval European philosophy, including Thomas Aquinas.
According to the decision of the jury comprised of representatives of the Association \"Program MED21\" and \"Avicenna-France\", Medical Academy of France, followings have become the winners of the International prize named Avicenna:
- Pierre Morel (France), Director of the Observatory Pharos on cultural and religious pluralism, Ambassador, former EU special representative for Central Asia;
- Kadirjan Keskinbor, Professor of history of medicine of the University Bahcesehir (Turkey);
- Jules Janssens, Professor at Louvain University (Belgium);
- Meriam Sebti, research fellow at National centre for scientific research (France);
- Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan;
- Public Fund \"Ibn Sino\" (Uzbekistan).
In the unanimous opinion of the participants, the event had passed at a high organizational level, has served to further popularize the great scientific and medical heritage of Avicenna.
Following the awarding, the French Senator, former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin noted:
- The establishment of the International prize named after Avicenna is a very important event. No doubt, it will contribute to more active academic and cultural exchange between Europe, the Mediterranean and Central Asia, as well as between Muslim, Christian and other civilizations. The award has a very big tasks, including the promotion of interreligious and intercivilizational dialogue.
Presenting the award today, we associate it with Uzbekistan - the most important Central Asian country, rich in history, traditions and culture.
Pierre Morel, the Director of the Observatory Pharos on cultural and religious pluralism:
- We are extremely pleased to welcome today representatives of Uzbekistan at the awards ceremony in the prestigious Medical Academy of Paris, which reflects the long and proud history of medicine.
Exactly forty years ago I made my first visit in Uzbekistan, and since then has repeatedly visited your country, especially during my six years as EU special representative for Central Asia, visited the historic cities of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva and the Aral sea region and the Fergana valley. During my travels, I witnessed a high level of development of modern medicine, exploring the heritage of the great Avicenna.
I was very impressed by a visit to the regional hospital in Samarkand. There in the pediatric ward, I witnessed a dramatic, deep and positive transformation in the health sector of the Republic and a huge attention to the health of the young generation.
Traditions laid by the great Avicenna more than thousand years ago are successfully continuing and developing in Uzbekistan.
Taking this opportunity, I would like to congratulate the Uzbek people on the approaching 25-year jubilee anniversary of the state independence and wish you health and happiness, further progress and prosperity!