Carlos Simón Vallés, who is serving as a professor atthe University of Valencia Department of Obstetricsand Gynecology and is a clinical professor at StanfordUniversity, was selected as the 2014 winner of theKwang-yul Cha Stem Cell Prize. Professor Vallés hasbeen studying embryo implantation mechanisms andreproductive cells since 1991. He was also recognizedas the scientist who conducted the most proactivestudies from 2003 to 2005. His research is focusedon proving his hypothesis that human somatic cellscan be reprogrammed as reproductive cells. CHAMedical Group and ASRM selected Professor Vallés asthe winner of the Kwang-yul Cha Stem Cell Prize aftervigorously evaluating the potential of his research.
Dr. David E. Reichman of the ‘Ronal O. Perelman andClaudia Cohen Center’ at Cornell University and Dr.Erin Foran Wolff of the Eunice Kennedy ShriverNational Institute of Child Health and HumanDevelopment were selected as the first winners ofthe Kwang-yul Cha Stem Cell Prize. Dr. Reichmangained international recognition for his paper ‘Clinicalapplication of heart endothelial cells derived fromhuman embryonic stem cells’ and Dr. Wolff greatlycontributed to the development of reproductivemedicine with her paper ‘Stem cell transplantation astreatment for premature menopause’.