1. Hyperbaric Doctor of the year (2010) award
Based on our extensive work involving four different hyperbaric pressures and two oxygen levels, to try and repair injured brain in children with CP, along with detailed analysis, Dr. Arun Mukherjee was coveted “Winner” award in the category: “Hyperbaric Doctor of the Year (2010)” by the Richard Neubauer Research Institute (Father of clinical HBOT in USA), in whose memory the award is given.
2. Child of UDAAN have received Dr. Batra’s Positive Health Award 2012
Positive Health Awards (PHA), sponsored by Bajaj Discover, are India’s first health honours, instituted in 2006, commend people who, with grit and determination, have fought and recovered from severe and debilitating diseases and disabilities to lead normal lives again. These ‘medical marvels’ have beaten the odds and have also given back something commendable to the society in their own way.
MASTER MANAV SHUKLA student of UDAAN received a Positive Health Award Hero (2012)
He was awarded by eminent jury of Ms. Maneka Gandhi and renowned model Ms. Yana Gupta
3. The Spirit of Humanity Awards 2013 :
AmeriCares India launched the Spirit of Humanity Awards to celebrate the exemplary work of individuals, corporations and organizations assisting health care for the disadvantaged throughout India. Honorable State Health Minister of Maharashtra Shri Suresh Shetty was the Chief Guest at AmeriCares India’s 4th Annual Spirit of Humanity Awards in Mumbai on April 6, 2013. UDAAN – For the Disabled was honored for outstanding contributions in improving health care across India in Neurology / Mental Health category.
4.Time research Media Award :
The Times Research Media has conferred the award of Outstanding Contribution for Healthcare for 2012-2013 to the Director Dr. Arun Mukherjee, for his work in the use of HBOT, MB12, DAN Protocol / MAPS Regime based Biomedical Therapies and Stem Cell research in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.
In March, the first National Recognition came when the UDAAN paper, presented by our staff, Occupational Therapist Mr. Amit Sethi & Director, Dr. A Mukherjee, won the best scientific paper award at the 2003 Annual Conference of Indian Occupational Therapists Association at Bangalore. It was subsequently published in their journal (Sethi A & Mukherjee A; Indian J Occupational Therapy; 35(1):7-11), which compared the data on 15 children given Standard Therapy alone vs. 15 given HBOT 1.75 ATA 100% Oxygen in addition. The data showed statistically significant improvement with HBOT.
In July, the UDAAN paper was invited for presentation at the prestigious 3rd International Symposium on Cerebral Palsy and the Brain-Injured Child, held at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA in July, with data on 20 Control Vs. 20 HBOT Group followed up for at least 6 months. The paper showed trend analysis of the two groups using GMFM, 9 parameters of Speech & Oromotor functions and 43 parameters for Cognitive and ADL parameters. The trend clearly showed all round improvement in all parameters of testing with the use of HBOT.
In July, the updated UDAAN paper was invited to the 4th Int. Symposium on Hyperbaric Oxygenation in CP and the Brain-injured Child, Florida, USA. Once again, the updated data on 20 Control vs. 39 HBOT children group followed up for at least 6 months, favored the HBOT groups with statistically significant difference.
As per current recommendations then used, HBOT pressure was subsequently decreased to 1.5 ATA with 100% Oxygen since August 2004.
In July, the further augmented UDAAN data (20 control vs. 84 HBOT (60 given 1.75 plus 24 given 1.5 ATA) was invited for presentation at the 5th Int. Symposium on Hyperbaric Oxygenation and the Recoverable Brain, held at Fort Lauderdale. The long term follow up data showed a very significant benefit with HBOT, and also showed that the Cognitive data reach statistical significance by end of 4th month though physical improvements achieve optimum improvement after 6 to 8 months, due to the longer time needed for re-myelination of the long Cerebro-Spinal Tracts.
In August, a court in Georgia, USA, was called upon to decide whether Medicaid should reimburse the cost of HBOT to a CP child who improved markedly with it. It is a matter of great pride that the Sethi & Mukherjee paper played an important role to help convince the judge to rule in favor of the child and allow the reimbursement. (http://www.hyperbare.ca/fr/dossiers/2006-08-09_georgia_medicaid_loses_hbot_case.html See the cross examination of Dr. Paul Harch). The same link also has the evidence by Dr.Paul Harch of USA (President of Int. Hyperbaric Assoc.), Dr. Michael Uszler of USA (one of the world’s leading specialist of SPECT Scan of CP children) and Dr. Pierre Marois of Canada (leading Pediatrician and HBOT Specialist in CP in Canada and co-author and actual main investigator of the famous Lancet paper on HBOT in CP in 2001). Medicaid appealed to the US Supreme Court, which rejected their case in favor of the child. Now, 14 states in USA have passed legislation allowing reimbursement for HBOT in CP. UDAAN feels honored to have played a role in this important development towards improving the treatment and subsequent enhancement in the quality of life of CP children with anoxic brain damage using HBOT.
In July , the updated UDAAN paper was invited for presentation by the UDAAN Director, Dr. A Mukherjee at the 6th International Symposium on HBOT and the Recoverable Body, at Los Angeles. The UDAAN paper was the only HBOT research paper from Asia. This paper analyzed data on 60 CP children treated with 1.75 ATA 100% Oxygen vs. 24 matching CP children given 1.5 ATA 100% Oxygen vs. 24 matching CP children given 1.3 ATA ambient air vs. 20 matching CP children control cases given no Hyperbaric therapy.
On 1st October, the International College for Integrative Medicine (ICIM) at its Fall 2008 Conference in Pittsburgh, our invited Director, Dr. Mukherjee to speak on our study of the different Hyperbaric Pressures and use of 100% OXYGEN (HBOT) or ambient air (HBAT), for Early Medical Intervention Therapy in children with Cerebral Palsy at the Neuro-HBOT Certification 2-day CME Course, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Workshop.
On 15th October , the American College for Advancement in Medicine organizing the ACAM Fall 2008 Conference at Las Vegas, USA on 15th October 2008, as part of its CME program for US Physicians and Specialists. The Organizing Committee has invited Dr. Mukherjee, Director, UDAAN, to conduct an hour-long CME on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy & its “Experimental” usage in Cerebral Palsy.
July 22 to 25: The 7th International Symposium on HBOT and the Future of Healing, Irvine, California, US, has invited Dr. Mukherjee to speak on our nine years of experience in HBOT at UDAAN for various Paediatric indications like CP, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injuries, etc.