Prof. Dr Nguyen Thanh Liem and Dr Nguyen Thi Hiep have been named in a list of the top 100 scientists in Asia recently released by Singapore’s Asian Scientist magazine.
Nguyen Thanh Liem is former Director of the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital and currently Director of the Vinmec Research Institute of Stem Cell and Gene Technology.
As a leading pediatric endoscopic surgeon, he was the first in Vietnam to perform a laparoscopic surgery on a child in 1997 and also the first to carry out kidney and liver transplantations in children’s hospitals of the country. He has invented nine new techniques and successfully developed and applied them to laparoscopic surgeries on children.
|Prof. Dr Nguyen Thanh Liem is currently Director of the Vinmec Research Institute of Stem Cell and Gene Technology (Photo: Vinmec Research Institute of Stem Cell and Gene Technology)
In 2014, the scientist and his colleagues began researching into stem cell transplantation, a completely new field in Vietnam. He was also the first in the country to conduct stem cell transplants to treat cerebral palsy and autism.
In late June 2019, the Human Mutation journal published the results of a research on the Vietnamese genome carried out by scientists at the Vinmec Research Institute of Stem Cell and Gene Technology. Liem was in charge of this research.
For his notable medical contributions over more than 30 years, Liem was awarded the 23rd Nikkei Asia Prize for Science and Technology in 2018. He was the first Vietnamese to be honoured in this field since the prize debut.
Dr Nguyen Thi Hiep works at International University under the Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City (Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thi Hiep)
Meanwhile, Nguyen Thi Hiep is a lecturer at International University under the Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City.
With many contributions in terms of biomedical techniques, she received the 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science International Rising Talent award for developing a smart nanoparticle gel that can accelerate tissue regeneration.VNA