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Shanghai honors 281 for achievements in science

The Shanghai Science and Technology Awards were presented to 281 citizens and city-based experts yesterday for their scientific achievements and distinguished researches.

Ge Junbo, one of China’s leading cardiologists, received the top individual prize for years of work on major cardiovascular diseases.

Among the winners was Dr Zhao Kuaile from Shanghai Cancer Center.

Dr Zhao led his team in gene mapping Chinese esophageal cancer patients and discovered several radiation-resistance genes. Combining the discoveries with international standards, he developed precision radiation therapy for the patients.

Dr Shao Zhimin, also from the center, was honored for his work on breast cancer.

Dr Shao and his team did the genome sequencing of Chinese breast cancer patients and developed precise treatments. He will present his discoveries at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the largest and most influential conference of its kind, next week. In the process, he will become the first Chinese mainland doctor to attend the event in 44 years.

The awards also highlighted the contributions made by the medical fraternity in the fight against COVID-19.

China’s top infectious diseases expert Dr Zhang Wenhong was also presented with the award for pioneering research on coronavirus treatment in the country.

The city’s infectious disease experts did the gene sequencing of the first locally transmitted case and partnered with front-line medical experts to develop coronavirus treatment protocols, which has a success rate of nearly 99 percent.

In another award-winning project, researchers from Shanghai’s Ruijin Hospital and Wuhan’s Jinyintan Hospital, which was at the forefront of the anti-virus fight, created a pulmonary infection guide based on numerous local cases.

The guide illustrates the clinical features of coronavirus-related pneumonia, identifies key factors in the early stages of severe cases, and highlights the medicine glucocorticoid as an effective treatment for patients.

This year’s awards also highlighted excellence in fundamental research in fields such as life science, new materials and information science.

Bruce E. Rittmann, an American environmental biotechnology expert, won an international science and technology cooperation award for his dedication to deepening international exchange and cooperation.


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