Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, announced that the DSM Science & Technology Award Asia 2015 has been awarded to Dr. ZHENG Ju-Sheng 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, Hangzhou in China. He has recently taken a postdoc assignment at Cambridge University, UK.
An international jury of leading scientists selected Dr ZHENG Ju-Sheng as the winner out of four finalists, after each had presented their research in a short lecture during a special DSM-CNS symposium. On May 17, the award was given to Dr. ZHENG Ju-Sheng by Dr. Marcel Wubbolts, Chief Technology Officer of Royal DSM. The jury chose Dr. ZHENG Ju-Sheng 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.
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
• Dr. ZHANG Zhe-Qing, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangdong, China
• Dr. ZHANG Hua-Qi, Harbin Medical University, Heilongjiang, China
“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. “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. ZHENG Ju-Sheng, which provides excellent insights for the benefit of human health.”
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 May 16-18.