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DSM Science and Technology Award Asia 2015 goes to Dr. Ju-Sheng Zheng

Urmond, NL, 18 May 2015 13:00 CEST

Recognition of exciting research in dietary fatty acids with potential use for diabetes and related chronic diseases

Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, today announced that the DSM Science & Technology Award Asia 2015 has been awarded to Dr. Ju-Sheng Zheng from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, who has recently taken a postdoc assignment at Cambridge University, UK. The award recognizes the exceptional contribution in terms of Human Nutrition that his Ph.D. research has made to the field of dietary fatty acids and diabetes. At the same time, DSM has also been honored by the Chinese Nutrition Society(CNS) with an award for its own outstanding contributions in the field of nutritional science.

Dr. ZHENG Ju-Sheng (l) & Marcel Wubbolts (r)

The Science & Technology Award Asia is part of DSM’s Bright Science Awards program. This year the award was presented in partnership with the Chinese Nutrition Society (CNS) during the 12th National Congress in Beijing held on 16-18 May.

DSM strengthens academic collaboration in nutritional science

For more than 25 years, DSM has been presenting such awards in order to recognize, reward and nurture excellence in innovative Ph.D. research within key fields of interest to DSM. The Science and Technology Award program now spans three continents, honoring bright young scientists in Europe, Asia and the Americas who are an example to their peers. The DSM Science and Technology Award Asia is granted every year, and is open to Ph.D. students that have recently received their Ph.D. degree in fields where DSM is active: health, nutrition and materials.

Innovative research in dietary fatty acid and diabetes in relation to genotype

Dr. Ju-Sheng Zheng received the award for his Ph.D. research on dietary fatty acids and diabetes mellitus and the metabolic implications of particular genotypes involved in this association , which he conducted under the supervision of Professor Li Duo of the Zhejiang University in China. An international jury of leading scientists selected Dr. Ju-Sheng Zheng as the winner out of four finalists, after each had presented their research in a short lecture during a special DSM-CNS symposium. On 17 May, the award was given to Dr. Zheng by Dr. Marcel Wubbolts, Chief Technology Officer of Royal DSM. The jury chose Dr. Zheng because of his excellent contribution to the emerging and complex field of nutrient-gene interaction. The evidence he has gathered suggests that the genotype contains a very important blueprint of the metabolic response to a given nutrient in humans. These insights may add a lot of information about the future research needs in the broader nutrition field.

Health and wellness a top priority

“At DSM, we are strongly engaged in innovations that help to secure the ever more stringent consumer health and wellness goals - from energizing, protecting and nurturing the mind and body in myriad ways; to tailored nutritional solutions for men, women, and children for today’s and future generations,” said Dr. Marcel Wubbolts Chief Technology Officer of DSM. “We believe it is our responsibility to nurture and develop bright science that can make this happen. I am therefore excited and honored to recognize the innovative research in dietary fatty acids and diabetes of Dr. Ju-Sheng Zheng, which provides excellent insights for the benefit of human health.”

Cooperation is key

Jack Chen, Director of the China Research Center, DSM Nutritional Products, says the award delivers benefits in other ways as well. “By focusing on achieving excellent research and choosing high-quality candidates, we are nurturing the field of nutritional sciences in China, and making it possible for next generation scientists to really make a difference for both China and the world at large.”

This type of cooperation was demonstrated in a scientific symposium jointly organized by CNS and DSM during the congress, on the role of nutritional solutions to reduce the health impacts of air pollution. The seminar was in honor of the tenth edition of the Air Quality Guidelines as published by the World Health Organization, and top experts from all around the world discussed the important role that nutrients have in terms of reducing the impact of air pollution on health.

CNS President Professor Yang Yuexin, who chaired the PM2.5 symposium, said that “It is imperative that there are strong ties between the scientific world and the industry, and by cooperating with DSM, we have tapped into top talent that can contribute to China’s nutritional science field and improve people’s health worldwide.”

DSM awarded the Excellence Award for Nutrition Promotion and Public Service

It was during the same congress that the CNS presented DSM with the Excellence Award for Nutrition Promotion and Public Service. This is the second time that DSM has received this award, which recognizes its outstanding contributions within the field of nutritional science in China. By its constant efforts within the human nutrition sector, strong support for academic community in the field of product development and applications, as well as the excellent contributions in the field of nutritional supplements for special populations, DSM has proved itself to be a leader in terms of nutritional sciences.

The nominees and runner-ups for the DSM Science & Technology Award Asia were:

  • Dr. Rong Ying, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Hubei, China
    Ph.D. Thesis: The relationship between cereal fiber intake and risk of gestational diabetes mellitus
    Ph.D. Supervisor: Liu Lie-Gang
  • Dr. Zhang Zhe-Qing, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangdong, China
    Ph.D. Thesis: Phytochemicals and Osteoporosis
    Ph.D. Supervisor: Su Yi-Xiang
  • Dr. Zhang Hua-Qi, Harbin Medical University, Heilongjiang, China
    Ph.D. Thesis: The effect of maternal vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy on insulin resistance
    Ph.D. Supervisor: Sun Chang-Hao