Chen Wen receives DSM Science & Technology Award Asia 2017
Recognizing excellence to innovative PhD research in the field of Human Nutrition Science
Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, announced on 23 May 2017 that the DSM Science & Technology Award Asia 2017 in Human Nutrition Science was awarded to Chen Wen, a PhD student from Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China. The recognition was for the exceptional contribution her Ph.D. research has made to the important field of human nutrition science for children.
The Science & Technology Award Asia is part of DSM’s Bright Science Awards program, and this year it was presented in collaboration with the Chinese Nutrition Science (CNS) at the 13th CNS National Conference in Beijing.
A total of 15 PhD researchers from China were nominated for this year’s award and after review by a pre-selection committee, a total of four researchers were invited to present their research at a CNS-DSM Nutrition Science Young Scholar Symposium held during the conference.
Iodine nutrition in children
Chen Wen received the award for her PhD research on the iodine nutrition of children from areas with varying iodine levels in drinking water, which she conducted under the supervision of Professor Wanqi Zhang. The outcome of her research has the potential to establish the upper safe intake levels of iodine for children and to guide their iodine fortification in China and beyond.
The award was presented to Chen Wen by Dr. Marcus Remmers, DSM’s Chief Technology Office. Commenting on this years’ award winner in the context of DSM’s wider ambitions in the Human Nutrition field, Dr. Remmers said “The challenges we face in society might remain the same, but our answers to these challenges change through better understanding of our world, better understanding of the underlying principles, and better understanding of how we should work together globally to address these. I am very pleased to attend the Bright Science Awards, as this ceremony is part of that journey.”
Prof. Zhai Fenying, the executive vice president of Chinese Nutrition Society added “The DSM Bright Science Awards will not only motivate young scholars, it is also a good chance for them to highlight their studies.”
During the event DSM was also proud to receive the Nutrition Contribution and Promotion Award from the Chinese Nutrition Society, the highest award a company can receive from the Chinese nutrition community.
Nominees and runners-up were:
- Nominee: XIONG Ting
Paper title: A Population-based Cohort Study: The Associations between Maternal Plasma Protein Levels during Pregnancy and Gestational Diabetes and Fetal Growth
University: Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Tutor: Liping Hao
- Nominee: YAO Pang
Paper title: Effects of Genetic and Non-genetic Determinants on Vitamin D Dose Response and Bone Turnover Biomarkers: randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials
University: University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Tutor: Dr. Xu Lin, Principal Investigator
- Nominee: YANG Wen-qi
Paper title: N-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids increase hepatic fibroblast growth factor 21 sensitivity via a PPARγ-β-klotho pathway
University: Sun Yat-Sen University
Tutor: Professor Wenhua Ling
About the DSM Science and Technology Award
For more than 25 years, Royal DSM has been committed to recognizing, rewarding, and nurturing excellence in innovative PhD research in the fields of Human and Animal Nutrition Science and Materials Science. Our award is aimed at helping recognize, reward and nurture talent who dedicate their scientific competences to solving societal issues. With the many challenges facing our world today, there has never been a better time to be a young scientist. The Science & Technology Award Award program now spans three continents, annually honoring bright young scientists in Europe, Asia and the Americas who are an example to their peers. The award events are organized in cooperation with leading scientific conferences in these regions.
The award gives PhD graduates not only a financial reward for their achievements, but also a platform to make a name for themselves in their chosen field. They also help participants make the all-important connection between scientific achievement and societal and commercial success. It’s a key consideration as research and development increasingly needs to show its business value.