Prof. Nguyen Thanh Liem and Ph.D Nguyen Thi Hiep are honored for their achievements in surgery and in medical innovation, respectively, according to the journal.
Prof. Nguyen Thanh Liem, director of Vinmec Research Institute of Stem Cell and Gene Technology (VRISG). Photo: Vinmec
Prof. Liem, former director of the National Hospital of Pediatrics in Hanoi, is currently director of the Vinmec Research Institute of Stem Cell and Gene Technology (VRISG) under Vinmec International Hospital, a unit of conglomerate Vingroup.
“As a leading pediatric endoscopic surgeon, Nguyen was the first in Vietnam to perform laparoscopic surgery on a child in 1997 and the first to carry out kidney and liver transplantations in Vietnam’s children’s hospitals,” the journal introduced on its page.
More than 15 years ago he operated on and separated five pairs of conjoined twins.
As director of VRISG, Liem pioneers stem cell therapies for diseases such as cerebral palsy and autism. He has introduced robot-assisted surgery and other advanced technologies to bring life-changing treatments to children.
Liem is the first Vietnamese awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Science and Technology (in 2018) after the prize was launched 22 years ago.
Ph.D Nguyen Thi Hiep, head of the Biomedical Engineering Department at International University under Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Phunuvietnam
Meanwhile, Ph.D Nguyen Thi Hiep is head of the Biomedical Engineering Department at International University under Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City.
Hiep developed a bio-glue that seals wounds and can even be loaded with living cells or therapeutics. This innovation is part of her bigger agenda to raise the profile and availability of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine (TERM) in Vietnam.
For her achievements, Hiep was recognized as an international rising talent at the 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards.
She was also honored with the 2017 ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women for her research on homecare solutions to reduce the pressure on the public healthcare system.
So far, seven Vietnamese researchers and academics have been listed in the top 100.
Last year Dr. Phan Thanh Son Nam, a chemistry professor who is Dean of the Faculty of Chemical Engineering at the Ho Chi Minh University of Technology and Dr. Nguyen Sum, a mathematician and a professor at Quy Nhon University, were listed.
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