Medical scientists conquer KOVA Prize this year

The awarding ceremony of KOVA PRIZE which honors outstanding scientists and students was held in Hanoi yesterday. 

Medical scientists conquer KOVA Prize this year

This year the was given to three scientists and 12 excellent students who have great achievement in science.
Noticeably, in the Innovation category, three applied scientific researches given the prize are in the medical field. 
A project finding the cause and restoring normal kidney function for patients with acute kidney failure, conducted by Associate Professor Dr. Tran Thi Bich Huong from Cho Ray Hospital was given the prize.
The research has help 60 percent patients to stop dialysis and their kidney function is restored; accordingly, it helps reducing treatment cost.
The second is a research on surgery in treatment of bone cancer developed by Associate Professor Dr. Le Chi Dung, former head of the Bone – Joint Ward of Trauma Orthopedic Hospital.
He and his colleagues got success to keep limbs of patients with bone cancer.
Before, bone cancer patients had to undergo amputation.
Now, Dung’s research can help these patients to keep their limbs and cut down treatment fee.
The third was given to Dr. Le Thi Tuyet Anh, director of the Central Herb Research Center who cultivates safe herbal plants in Phu Yen Province – the first province in Vietnam can grow a herb as per the World Health Organization’s standard greatly contributes to make products to treat hepatitis B for replacing expensive imported drugs.
Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam expressed his respect to scientists and students who have devoted their creation to the society and the community.
Annual KOVA Prize is set up to honor poor but good students, scientists who have made significant contributions in the fields of science, education, charities, and other areas.
On the same day a ceremony was held to review anniversary  and give awards of the 20th Euréka Innovation Award 2018 which honors individual and teams that made good achievement in scientific research.
In 2018, the award organizer received 903 entries from 2,263 students in 106 higher education facilities and institutions nationwide.
Some 65 good projects entered the final round. The organizer was given eleven first prizes, eleven second prizes, fifteen third prizes and 63 encouragement prizes.
Importantly, sixteen projects were transferred to companies and enterprises to implement and apply.
For instance, Architecture University’s bike sharing project will be implemented in Bui Vien Street where foreign backpackers live; Van Lang University’s project to renovate traditional fishing boat of people in the Mekong delta for tourism will be done by the Department of Tourism.
On the occasion, the organizer presented the prize logo to 24 people who have accompanied with the prize for 20 years.
The Ho Chi Minh City Youth Communist Union also awarded logo “ For Young Generation” to nine persons and certificates of merit to 15 teams and individuals while the municipal People’s Committee gave certificates of merit to 26 teams and individuals as well as medals to six others.

By PHAN THAO – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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