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City honors experts, scientists with top awards

A brain surgery expert and a genetic scientist were honored with Shanghai's top awards for scientific innovation today.

The awards, each 500,000 yuan (US$79,400), went to Zhou Liangfu, a 70-year-old neurosurgeon at Shanghai Huashan Hospital, and He Lin, 58, a Jiao Tong University scientist known for detecting genetic diseases.

Researchers and projects in life science, pharmaceutical development and food safety claimed 42 percent of this year's Shanghai Science and Technology Awards.

The two foreign experts received this year's awards for international scientific and technological cooperation. They are also working in the medical field.

Michael Phillips, a Canadian mental health expert, and Issei Komuro, a Japanese cardiovascular expert, were honored for their efforts to help boost China's medical development and enhance China's influence on the global stage.

"Different from the previous practice of focusing on new inventions and innovations, this year's awards emphasize the application or industrialization of scientific achievements and their economic results," said Yin Bangqi of the Shanghai Science and Technology Commission.

"(This change) encourages scientists to pay attention to social needs and translate their research findings into practical solutions or products to generate profit," Yin said.


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