Kwang-yul Cha Stem Cell Prize

The Kwang-yul Cha Stem Cell Prize established in 2011
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the highest authority in reproductive medicine, established the Kwang-yul Cha Stem Cell Prize in recognition of his world-class achievements in stem cell and fertility research.  This prize was created to promote innovative research on stem cell technologies and motivate young researchers.

2018 Winner
Dr. Zhengshan Zhao

Dr. Zhengshan Zhao
Dr. Zhengshan Zhao, a professor of Environmental and Biological Science at the Texas A&M University, was awarded as the 6th winner of the Cha Kwang-yul Stem Cell Prize. Dr. Zhengshan Zhao succeeded in dividing stem cells into cardiomyocytes using human cardiac RNA through the research project called “Treatment of damaged cardiomyocytes in experimental animal models using human cardiac RNA” and was applauded for greatly increasing the likelihood of treating heart disease.

2017 Winner
Dr. Philip Jordan

Dr. Philip Jordan
Dr. Philip Jordan, from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Johns Hopkins University, was awarded as the 5th winner of the Cha Kwang-yul Stem Cell Prize. Dr. Philip Jordan is a young medical scientist who was noted for his research project, “Development of a Cell-Based Diagnostic Analysis of Male Infertility,” and he conducted research to identify and analyze the genes involved in the meiosis and formation of eggs and sperm. Now, he is doing a research on factors related to stem cell division. In addition, he has developed a method for effectively diagnosing male infertility using specimens, and continues to do a research on producing spermatogonial stem cells and male reproductive cells from stem cells and applying them to future regenerative medicine and assisted reproductive technology.

2016 Winner
Dr. Yossi Buganim

Dr. Yossi Buganim
Dr. Yossi Buganim, Ph.D., chief researcher at the Institute of Developmental Biology and Cancer at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem, was awarded as the 4th winner of the Cha Kwang-yul Stem Cell Prize. Dr. Yossi Buganim is a young medical scientist who was noted for his research project, "Development of a bioassay to evaluate the function of trophoblast stem cells produced for the treatment of placental dysfunction syndrome." The application of Dr. Yossi Buganim's work to human cells opens the way for women with habitual miscarriage or placental dysfunction syndrome to conceive and give birth to healthy babies.

2015 Winner
Dr. Jatin Patel

Dr. Jatin Patel
Dr. Jatin Patel, a medical researcher at University of Queensland, was awarded as the third winner of the Cha Kwang-yul Stem Cell Prize. Dr. Jatin Patel is a young medical scientist who was noted for his research on treatment and tissue regeneration of vascular diseases using placental vascular endothelial progenitor cells and mesenchymal stem cells. In addition, he developed a new technique for the pure separation of placental vascular endothelial progenitor cells and mesenchymal stem cells from the fetal side of the placenta which paved the way for the development of new treatments for ischemic diseases.

2014 Winner
Prof. Carlos Simón Vallés

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Carlos Simón Vallés, who is serving as a professor at
the University of Valencia Department of Obstetrics
and Gynecology and is a clinical professor at Stanford
University, was selected as the 2014 winner of the
Kwang-yul Cha Stem Cell Prize. Professor Vallés has
been studying embryo implantation mechanisms and
reproductive cells since 1991. He was also recognized
as the scientist who conducted the most proactive
studies from 2003 to 2005. His research is focused
on proving his hypothesis that human somatic cells
can be reprogrammed as reproductive cells. CHA
Medical Group and ASRM selected Professor Vallés as
the winner of the Kwang-yul Cha Stem Cell Prize after
vigorously evaluating the potential of his research.

2013 Winner
Dr. David E Reichman and Dr. Erin Foran Wolff

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Dr. David E. Reichman of the ‘Ronal O. Perelman and
Claudia Cohen Center’ at Cornell University and Dr.
Erin Foran Wolff of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver
National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development were selected as the first winners of
the Kwang-yul Cha Stem Cell Prize. Dr. Reichman
gained international recognition for his paper ‘Clinical
application of heart endothelial cells derived from
human embryonic stem cells’ and Dr. Wolff greatly
contributed to the development of reproductive
medicine with her paper ‘Stem cell transplantation as
treatment for premature menopause’.

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