Science and Technology Award 2017: Asia
Finding a true passion
"As a child, I dreamt of becoming a doctor. But it was years later, while at medical school, that I discovered my true calling. During my internship as a nurse (as part of my studies), I became fascinated by the important role nutrition plays in the treatment and recovery of patients. This led me to follow a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Hygiene at the School of Public Health. I believe that instead of the treatment of disease, public health’s most important goal should be limiting the risk of disease, and I’ve been committed to this field of study ever since."
Iodine nutrition in children
"Iodine is critical for the development and growth of children. Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) is a global public health problem. At one time, severe iodine deficiency was an acute problem in China, but nowadays, iodine nutrition has been greatly improved with the implementation of universal salt iodization (USI). Our research group focused on iodine nutrition and human health in different populations. My research defined the safe upper intake level of iodine for Chinese children, with the aim of providing more information to guide their overall iodine intake. I want to help children to achieve the right iodine intake levels to avoid the risks of both iodine deficiency and excess."
"It is a great honor to receive the Science & Technology Award Asia 2017 from DSM. I really appreciate this wonderful reward and encouragement for my work."