“Enjoy what you do to feel great about what you achieve” Prof. Ágoston Szél, Rector of Semmelweis University, Budapest Hungary, advised the students of GMU while delivering a lecture on “Hybridomas to Dual Cones, from Student to a Rector”. Gulf Medical University, Ajman hosted Prof. Ágoston Szél, who delivered an inspirational lecture as part of Heroes of Healthcare Lecture Series on 24th November, 2013.
The lecture was attended by Mr. Thumbay Moideen, the Founder President, Board of Governors-GMU, Prof. Gita Ashok Raj, Provost of GMU, Prof. K R Shetty, renowned Neurologist from Mangalore, India, University Deans and Deans of constituent colleges, faculty and students of GMU. Over 200 participants attended the lecture.
‘A real scientist is the one who is seeing what everyone has already seen, but goes further to see what others don’t see’, said Prof. Szél. He enumerated his experiences and his journey as a scientist and as a teacher during his career spanning over four decades. He also made a presentation about his research which was appreciated by the faculty and students alike.
Humility and hard work stand as special traits of an achiever according to Prof. Szél, who despite his illustrious career and achievements in research still claims to be a simple worker in the field of medicine.
Mr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President Board of Governors GMU presented the Heroes of Healthcare memento to Prof. Ágoston Szél while Prof. Gita Ashok Raj, Provost GMU presented a Certificate of Achievement.
Prof. Ágoston Szél later was briefed about the university activities and taken on a tour of the campus. He was highly impressed with the newly established Center for Biomedical research & Innovation at GMU.
He had extensive meetings with the Provost and academic leaders of constituent colleges of GMU. They have discussed bilateral academic collaboration between two institutions in the years to come. Semmelweis University Hungary is offering summer training program to medical, dental, pharmacy and physiotherapy students.
About Prof. Ágoston Szél:
Dr. Ágoston Szél, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.
Rector – Semmelweis University (SE) Budapest Hungary
Department of Human Morphology and Developmental Biology
Teaching: Anatomy, histology, embryology, developmental biology, neurology (for medical students and students of pharmacy, in Hungarian, English and German) Developmental biology (for Ph.D. students – Lecturer and Deputy Programme manager in embryology, ophthalmology and neurology programmes)
Research: Comparative morphology of photoreceptors and retina and Developmental biology
Special field of interest: Developmental biology of chromatopsia and Electron microscopy
Prof. Ágoston Szél holds Membership in Major Scientific Associations
• Hungarian Association of Anatomy, Chairman
• Hungarian Association of Biology, Member of Audit Committee
• Scandinavian Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation
• Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), USA
• Union of European Medical Specialists (UEMS), Section of Anatomy and Pathology Member
He won many awards during his career like:
‘Eminent Employee’, awarded by the Minister of Healthcare Hungary, Lenhossék Award, Huzella Award
‘Eminent Employee’ Award (SOTE), Széchenyi Professorial Prize Fellowship, Ipolyi Arnold Award and Medal, Excellent Ph.D. Trainer Award and Semmelweis Ignác Award and Medal