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Scientists honoured for stem cell research

Update: March, 06/2015 - 09:18

HA NOI (VNS) — The Kovalevskaia Award 2014 will be granted to Associate Professor Nguyen Thi Kim Lan and a group of 16 scientists led by Associate Professor Nguyen Thi Binh for their excellent achievements in the field of applied science.

The group, from the Ha Noi Medical University and the Central Eye Hospital, will be honoured for their research into a new treatment method that uses stem cell technology to fix injuries on the ocular surface of the eye.

The method is unprecedented in Viet Nam and is still under further research worldwide.

Nguyen Thi Binh's group started their research in 2004, and have cured 15 patients so far with a success rate ranging from 65 to 80 per cent.

The cost for this treatment method in Viet Nam is estimated at VND10 million (US$480), just 10 per cent of the cost for the same treatment in Japan.

The individual award will go to Nguyen Thi Kim Lan, former deputy dean of the Thai Nguyen Agroforestry University, for her research into protective measures against animal diseases in the northern mountainous region.

This year's Kovalevskaia Awards ceremony will be held tomorrow in Ha Noi.

The annual awards are named after Sofia Kovalevskaya, a famous female Russian mathematician in the 19th century, and aim to honour and encourage Vietnamese women in scientific research.

Fifty-nine outstanding female individuals and groups of scientists have been granted the award since its founding in 1985. — VNS

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