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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.