Apr 29, 2011

His Highness the Aga Khan receives the 2011 UCSF Medal

26 April 2011, San Francisco, California - His Highness the Aga Khan today received the 2011 University of California San Francisco Medal, the University’s most prestigious award. The Medal, established in 1975, replaces the granting of honorary degrees, and recognises outstanding personal contributions in areas associated with the University’s fourfold health science mission, such as attracting and educating the nation’s most promising students for future careers in the health sciences and health care professions, providing top-quality patient care, improving the understanding of the factors that affect human health and serving the community. Recipients are honoured at the University’s annual Founders Day Banquet in the spring.
Other 2011 recipients of the medal are Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, 2009 Nobel Laureate and endowed chair in biology and physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF, and Dr Marvin H. Sleisenger, emeritus professor of medicine and distinguished physician, department of veterans affairs.
“The Aga Khan Development Network has a goal to try to make the countries where we work, countries of opportunity for their populations,” said the Aga Khan at the award ceremony. Citing volatility of economics and governance as key concerns in many of the countries in which the AKDN works, he noted that “the best answer to this volatility in these countries is civil society — that it is really the sum of human endeavour in structured non-governmental organisations, that aim to impact positively all the key forces which condition peoples’ quality of life.”


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